MusicStars Online Music Festival - The Affordable & Fun Festival for K-12 Students (FAQs)

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Want a musical opportunity for your kids that's rewarding, affordable, and fun?


The MusicStars Online Festival, now in its 10th season, provides an affordable way for kids like yours to achieve more and be encouraged for their effort. This special edition festival was created to include K-12 students in an effort to meet the current needs of our world as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).


The MusicStars Online Festival is a low-stress opportunity to perform, get helpful feedback, and win awards.

Enroll between March 23-April 10. Videos due May 8. Winners announced May 18.


The student entry fee may be paid with a credit card. Please note the student's name/s or your name if you are a teacher in the payment comment box.

Examples:
MusicStars Festival - Julie Fisher and Jake Fisher, Students
or
MusicStars Festival - Katie Adams, Teacher



$28 USD per Student





Below you'll find all the details about how to join the fun, including:

Eligibility
Repertoire Requirements
Entry Fee
Divisions
Application
Adjudication
Four Levels of Distinction
Awards

Visit the MusicStars Music Festival Showcase page to view video performances of participating students from our last festival.

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Eligibility

1) Age Range - Piano, guitar and recorder students must be between 6-18 years. Woodwind, brass, string, percussion, and voice students must be between 10-18 years. Students must be within these age ranges at the time they record their video performance.

2) Prior Experience - Students must have studied for at least 6 months prior to application.

3) Enrolled in Lessons - Students must be currently taking music lessons either in-person, live-online lessons, or through the MakingMusicFun.net Music Academy.


Register for the MakingMusicFun.net Music Academy Premium/Annual Subscription today and get your guaranteed FREE festival entry!



Repertoire Requirements

1) One Piece - Students are limited to submitting a video perfomance of only one piece. The piece should be a minimum of 12 measures or a maximum of 3 pages.

2) Family-Friendly Music - Students may choose sheet music arrangements from the MakingMusicFun.net Sheet Music Index, graded lesson books (Alfred's, Piano Adventures, etc.) classical music, folk music, Disney songs, movie and TV music, and/or Broadway scores.

3) No Memorization - Music may be memorized, though it is not required.

4) No Changes - Students may not change their piece after the application has been submitted.



Entry Fee

The student entry fee may be paid with a credit card. Please note the student's name/s or your name if you are a teacher in the payment comment box.

Examples:
MusicStars Festival - Julie Fisher and Jake Fisher, Students
or
MusicStars Festival - Katie Adams, Teacher


$28 USD per Student






Divisions

The following solo divisions are our best attempt in providing a fair competition for young performers. Our primary goal with this festival, however, is that students be provided motivation to excel as young musicians and be encouraged for their effort.

1) Beginning (Ages 5-8)
2) Intermediate (Ages 9-10)
3) Intermediate (Ages 11-12)
4) Intermediate (Ages 13-14)
5) Advanced (Ages 15-16)
6) Advanced (Ages 17-18)
7) Late Beginner (Less than Two Years Experience/Ages 9-18)




Application

Interested in participating? Begin by printing a MusicStars 2020 Festival Registration Packet. Please take the time to review and complete each step. Incomplete information may result in the disqualification of the student.


MusicStars 2020 Festival Registration Packet




Adjudication

Student video performances will be adjudicated by one or more professional music teachers. Helpful tips will be offered for improving each student's performance, along with praise for the things they are doing well.

Using a 100 point system, each performance will be evaluated with the following criteria:

1) Accuracy (20 Points)
2) Interpretation (20 Points)
3) Technique (20 Points)
4) Musicianship (20 Points)
5) Overall Performance (20 Points)

The total number of points awarded by the adjudicator will determine their level of achievement. Because the purpose of this festival is both growing musicianship and happy kids, no student will receive less than 70 points.




Four Levels of Distinction

MusicStars Festival divides student achievement into four different levels, with each level providing encouragement to the student.


Superior/Shining Star (90-100 Points) The Highest Standard with Strong Preparation, Style, Accuracy and Steady Beat (3 stand-out performances from each division will be selected)

Superior (90-100 Points) Strong Preparation, Style, Accuracy and Steady Beat

Excellent (80-89 Points) Strong Preparation, but with Some Flaws

Good Effort (70-79 Points) Average Preparation



Awards

1) MusicStars Music Festival Showcase - Every student will be featured in the MusicStars Music Festival Showcase.


2) Trophies - Adjudicators will select three (3) students from each division to be named "Shining Stars." These students will be highlighted in the MusicStars Festival Showcase.


3) Certificates - All other students will receive a personalized award certificate reflecting their level of achievement.

Parents will have the option to upgrade from a certificate to a trophy, if they would like to mark their child’s accomplishment in an extra special way.


NOTE: Because of the expanded age divisions, gift cards will not be awarded during this festival to allow funds to be redirected to additional adjudicators, more substantial trophies, increased printing costs, and shipping.


MusicStars Music Award Certificate



Results will be announced in our newsletter following the close of the MusicStars Online Festival K-12 Edition on May 18th, 2020. Trophies, certificates, and adjudication sheets will be shipped within one week of the announcement.




Previous Winners

Want to check out videos of participants from previous years? Here are two of our "Shining Stars."









Praise

Check out how much parents and kids love our online music festival:


"I love your online festival idea because it is very NON-threatening and that's what the kids really like about it too." - Sarah M.

"Thank you MMF! My son always enjoys the extra motivation." - Selina H.

"Thanks for hosting this every year! It's a great low-stress opportunity for students!" Dawn I.


The student entry fee may be paid with a credit card. Please note the student's name/s or your name if you are a teacher in the payment comment box.

Examples:
MusicStars Festival - Julie Fisher and Jake Fisher, Students
or
MusicStars Festival - Katie Adams, Teacher



$28 USD per Student




Questions? Email: info@makingmusicfun.net