Electronic Music/Music Production

Students and teachers in DMEA member schools are invited to submit original student electronic music compositions for inclusion in the 1st Annual DMEA Electronic Music Composition/Music Production Contest. Student works submitted for the Contest will have their compositions reviewed and evaluated in writing by professional musicians with experience in composition/production in the electronic idioms.

ALL student composers will receive a DMEA Certificate and a written evaluation of their work with the top scoring compositions being previewed prior to one or several DMEA All-State Events and the composer receiving a one year renewable subscription to Avid Pro-Tools

Age Categories

Grades 6-8 (Middle), and 9-12 (High)

Submission Criteria

• Entries are due (postmarked or submitted online) by January 31, 2018.

* Entry Fee of $10 for one submission, $15 for two submissions.

• No more than two compositions may be submitted by one student. 

• Original student compositions must not exceed five (5) minutes.

  • Compositions must be written for an electronic instrument (or computer) or any combination of electronic instruments, audio, and/or instrument(s)/voice(s).

  • A score/description/graphical representation MUST be included. Scores are to be either traditionally notated or graphic. (printed arrange window)

  • Every submission must be sponsored by a current DMEA member who must sign off on the application and provide their NAfME membership number and contact information.
  • A Track listing with a description of all effects used on the track (supplied).

  • Any non-original materials (loops, samples) must be copyright free and sourced.

  • An Audio CD recording must be included containing no other material than the student’s entry.

    Evaluation Criteria

  • Evaluation is based on four broad criteria: Creativity and uniqueness, Compositional Technique/Artisanship, Energy and style, and Effective Use of the Electronic Media.

  • The adjudicators will select pieces in a variety of styles representing two age categories: Middle (6-8), High School (9-12).