Every year the National Federation of Music Clubs sponsors a Festival event. These festivals are not competitive events, but the opportunity for students to perform and receive evaluation from professionals in the field of music and teaching. Preparing for this event and ones like it (such as the OMEA solo & ensemble event) give students a tangible goal to work towards. Students are required to prepare memorized pieces and perform them to the best of their ability. They are judged on several categories, including: technique, musicianship, poise, and accuracy.
These events are not meant to put unnecessary pressure on students. However, a little pressure, appropriately applied is good. Students should feel challenged and be able to achieve a legitimate sense of accomplishment. Students who participate every year earn points based on their scores. These points accumulate and can result in winning a gold cup at various stages. Yes, there are trophies in music too. These types of events won’t be a right fit for every student, but I think students should try it at least once. It’s always good to have another professional besides the teacher who sees them every week and knows them well to evaluate their ability.
Because of the value we place on events like this, Bella Musica has formed a junior music club and will be ready to send students to the Festival event in March. Music for the required piano solos event is now available in our store along with some of the required vocal literature.