Teachers and students in DMEA member schools are invited to submit original compositions by students in grades K through 12 for evaluation by a panel of composers for inclusion in the 1st Annual DMEA Music Composition Contest. Each student or class (K - 5) submitting a composition will receive a written evaluation that provides feedback about his/her composition. The compositions may be in any style and genre.
6-8 and 9-12 Divisions: ALL student composers will receive a DMEA Certificate and a written evaluation of their work with the top scoring compositions for the 6-8 and 9-12 divisions being previewed prior to DMEA All-State Events for that year and the composer receiving a one year renewable subscription to Finale Print Music.
K-5 Division: Submission by classes in the K-5 division will receive a DMEA Certificate and a written evaluation of their work with a $150 stipend awarded to the program of the top scoring compositions for use for musical supplies or instructional materials for the classroom.
Grades K-5 (elementary), 6-8 (Middle), and 9-12 (High)
• Entries are due (postmarked) by January 31, 2018 for Grades 6 - 12 and April 3, 2018 for Grades K - 5.
* 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 may be for a solo instrument or voice, or for an ensemble of instruments and or voices.
- A score MUST be included. Scores are to be either traditionally or graphically notated.
- 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.
An Audio CD recording must be included containing no other material than the student’s entry - this can be an electronically created version - using computer notation program, however, recordings with live instruments and musicians, if possible, are prefered.
Compositions will be judged based on three broad criteria: Creativity and uniqueness, Compositional Technique/Artisanship, Energy and style. Compositional Technique/Artisanship is the primary criterion, DMEA will attempt to represent all three age categories and will seek to compositions of varied style, genre, and instrumentation.