The Happy Music Festival 2021

Guidelines For Contestants – Piano Categories

How To Record Your Piano Performance

Recording Guidelines:

1. Prepare your camera for recording.

The recording must show: (*IMPORTANT)
– The contestant from head to toe
– Full view of the piano keys
– Pedal of the piano (*IMPORTANT)
– Head and body should not be blocking the keys (cannot be back view)
– Side view recording is recommended.

2. You can record in portrait (vertical) or landscape (horizontal) format.

3. Start by introducing yourself and your piece. (*IMPORTANT)

Follow this format:
– Name
– Piece Title
– … for The Happy Music Festival 2021. (*IMPORTANT)

Follow the full script below: (*IMPORTANT)
Hi, my name is (your name).
Today, I’ll be performing (full title of your piece), for The Happy Music Festival 2021.

4. Proceed to perform your piece.

Timing starts when first note is played, and stops once last note is released. 

5. Ensure that the duration of the performance (from first note to last note) is within the stipulated duration for your category. Do Not Exceed Time Limit (*IMPORTANT)

6. Complete the performance, and stop the recording.

7. The entire video has to be recorded from the start to the end with no interruption in between.

Do:
1. Any smartphone camera is good enough for recording of the performance.
2. You can perform from memory or with the score.
3. You can do multiple takes of the recording, and send in your best one.
4. Participants in Pop and Classical categories have to record on an acoustic piano, digital piano or weighted-keys keyboards only
5. Participants in Little Star categories can record on an acoustic piano, digital piano, weighted-keys or non-weighted keyboards.
6. Do record in a quiet environment to minimize any background noise.
7. The camera should be stationary. You can use a camera stand or have someone hold the camera steadily.
8. You can submit any time before the submission deadline.

Don’t:
1. Don’t edit any parts of the video. Only raw video file will be accepted.
2. Don’t use any special mobile apps for recording effects. Plain simple recording will do.
3. Don’t record separately. The self-introduction and performance must be recorded together.

How To Submit Your Performance

Submission Guidelines:

1. Upload your video to any YouTube Account. You can create a free account using your Gmail.

2. Enter the title of the video in the following format: ‘Title of Piece’ by ‘Contestant Name’

“Kuhlau Sonatina in C Major, Op. 20, No.1 by Mark Ng”

3. Set the video privacy to Unlisted or Public.

4. Once video is uploaded, copy the Youtube Link and submit for evaluation.

Submit Your Video Here

Category Criteria

Piano Categories

Piano - Pop (No Age Limit)

Age

No age limit. 

Duration: Maximum 6 minutes
Repertoire: Any 1 piece that is non-classical. Pop, Jazz, Anime, J-Pop, K-Pop, Oldies, Ragtime, Blues, Arrangements, Movies, Improvisation, Own Composition. Perform 1 piece only
Submission Deadline: 15th October 2021

*Pop category will only have 1 round of performance.

Piano - Little Stars (6 Years Old And Below)

Age

6 years old and below, as of 9th August 2021

Duration: Maximum 2 minutes
Repertoire: Any music piece. Contestant can perform maximum 2 pieces of music, as long as overall duration is within 2 minutes.
Submission Deadline: 15th October 2021

*Little Stars category will only have 1 round of performance.

Piano - Classical Junior (12 Years Old And Below)

Age

12 years old and below, as of 9th August 2021

Semi Final:

Duration: Maximum 3 minutes
Repertoire: Any 1 piece from the 4 periods – Baroque , Classical, Romantic, 20th Century. (Refer to FAQ below for list of composers). For sonatinas, sonatas or suites, play ONLY 1 movement. 
Submission Deadline: 15th October 2021

Grand Final:

Duration: Maximum 5 minutes
Repertoire: Any piece from the 4 periods – Baroque , Classical, Romantic, 20th Century, but has to be a piece from a different period from the Semi-Finals.
Submission Deadline: 3rd December 2021

Piano - Classical Intermediate (17 Years Old And Below)

Age

17 years old and below, as of 9th August 2021

Semi Final:

Duration: Maximum 4 minutes
Repertoire: Any 1 piece from the 4 periods – Baroque , Classical, Romantic, 20th Century. (Refer to FAQ below for list of composers). For sonatinas, sonatas or suites, play ONLY 1 movement. 
Submission Deadline: 15th October 2021

Grand Final:

Duration: Maximum 9 minutes
Repertoire: Any piece from the 4 periods – Baroque , Classical, Romantic, 20th Century, but has to be a piece from a different period from the Semi-Finals.
Submission Deadline: 3rd December 2021

Piano - Classical Senior (No Age Limit)

Age

No age limit

Semi Final:

Duration: Maximum 5 minutes
Repertoire: Any 1 piece from the 4 periods – Baroque , Classical, Romantic, 20th Century. (Refer to FAQ below for list of composers). For sonatinas, sonatas or suites, play ONLY 1 movement. 
Submission Deadline: 15th October 2021

Grand Final:

Duration: Maximum 11 minutes
Repertoire: Any piece from the 4 periods – Baroque , Classical, Romantic, 20th Century, but has to be a piece from a different period from the Semi-Finals.
Submission Deadline: 3rd December 2021

Schedule Of Festival

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Registration

Now to 15th Sept 2021. 

Semi Final Submission

Submit by 22nd October 2021

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Announcement Of Finalists

On 5th November 2021

Grand Final Submission

Submit by 3rd December 2021

Announcement Of Winners

On 10th December 2021

FAQ

How many rounds are there in this music competition?

1 round:
Piano – Pop Piano, Little Stars
Violin – Classical Junior, Classical Intermediate, Classical Senior

2 rounds:
Piano – Classical Junior, Classical Intermediate, Classical Senior

Who are the composers from the 4 music periods?

For the Piano and Violin classical categories, you have to play a piece from any of the 4 music periods – Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th Century.

For Piano classical categories Grand Final, you have to play a piece from a different period from the Semi-Finals.

If you need ideas for repertoire, here’s a list of composers from each period. This list is not exhaustive. You can play piece from a composer not listed here too. If you’re unsure if your composer is allowed, you can contact us. 

Can I perform my ABRSM/Trinity/LCM or any exam pieces?

Yes. You can perform any piece as long as it fits the repertoire guideline of your chosen category.

I participated last year. Can I participate and perform the same piece for this year's competition?

You are welcomed to participate again this year, but you are highly encouraged to perform another piece.

How much time do I have to prepare my performance?

Once you’ve registered, you can choose and start preparing your performance piece.

First round of submission is on 15th October 2021.

Final round of submission is on 3rd December 2021 (Only for Piano Classical Categories)

Can I perform the piece with the music score, or do I have to play from memory?

You can perform with the music score and will not be penalised. The judging will be based on performance, not memory. You can also choose to play from memory if that helps you perform better.

Can I just use my phone to record my performance?

Yes. You can use a phone or camera to record, as long as the recording is raw, clear, and uninterrupted. The judging will be on the performance of the contestant, not the quality of the recording. Performance recording guidelines will be sent to every contestant upon registration. 

Can I record my performance at home or in a music studio?

Yes. Both are okay. 

What is the dress code for the performance?

No official dress code. You’re encouraged to dress well just like you’re performing for a live stage performance. You’re also encouraged to dress according to the piece you’re performing. Bonus marks may be awarded based on dress code and creativity. 

What will I receive as a participant?

All participants will receive a festival gift and a Certificate of Recognition. Written feedback of performance will not be provided, but can be requested with a fee. 

 

What will I receive as a winner?

If you come in top 3 of a category, you will be awarded with trophies and cash prizes.

I'm a teacher and if my student come in Top 3 in a category, what will I receive?

You’ll also receive a Teacher’s trophy for nurturing an award-winning pianist or violinist! You’ll be recognised for your dedication and hard work!

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