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The Florida Music Education Association Digital Showcase is designed to encourage musical creativity, critical thinking and collaboration by students in k-12 schools. Students are welcomed to submit their original compositions for the opportunity to have them presented at the Annual FMEA Professional Development Conference in January.

There are two submission categories:

A. Live Performance. This category includes compositions that involve one or more live performers who manipulate sound in real time.

Guidelines for Live Performance

  1. All Florida students in grades K-12 are eligible to participate. Students must, however, be nominated by an FMEA member teacher.
  2. Students can enter in one of three divisions: elementary (k-5); middle school (6-8); or high school (9-12).
  3. Students can submit compositions individually or as part of a collaborative group.
  4. Each student can only be involved in one submission.
  5. Submissions can include original compositions, mash-ups, partner songs, re-mixes, covers, etc. Live performance pieces must be no longer than 6 minutes in length.
  6. Compositions can involve any single musical style or combination of musical styles.
  7. While live performance compositions can include any combination of instruments and vocalists, they must prominently feature at least one digital instrument (computers, electric  guitars, phones, electronic toys, tablets, synthesizers, midi controllers, microphones, electronic drums, loopers, etc.).
  8. The inclusion of other performing arts, such as movement, dance, theater, poetry and visual art are all acceptable.
  9. The primary digital components must be performed live. Pre-recorded sound files will be limited to short samples being triggered and secondary background material for pieces (i.e. soundscapes, drones, etc.). Longer pre-recorded sound files that play a significant role in the primary texture of the piece are prohibited.
  10. Students will have no more than ten minutes of setup time and five minutes of take-down time for personal equipment (see the list of supplied equipment below).

B. Fixed media. This category includes compositions that are completely pre-recorded.

Guidelines for Fixed Media

  1. All Florida students in grades K-12 are eligible to participate. Students must, however, be nominated by an FMEA member teacher.
  2. Students can enter in one of three divisions: elementary (k-5); middle school (6-8); or high school (9-12).
  3. Students can submit compositions individually or as part of a collaborative group.
  4. Each student can only be involved in one submission.
  5. Submissions can include original compositions, mash-ups, partner songs, re-mixes, covers, etc. Fixed media pieces must be no longer than 6 minutes in length. Submissions can be via either an audio or video file.
  6. Compositions can involve any single musical style or combination of musical styles.
  7. While fixed media compositions can include recordings of any combination of instruments and vocalists, they must prominently feature digitally produced sounds.
  8. Fixed media compositions can include video recordings of other performing arts, such as movement, dance, theater, poetry and visual art.

Submission Process
FMEA member teachers may nominate as many students and/or student groups as they wish. Each nomination must include the following:

  1. A video recording of a live performance of the full piece (for live performance category submissions) or a video or audio recording of the full piece (for fixed media category submissions).
    1. Video should be uploaded to a video sharing site such as YouTube, Vimeo, or TeacherTube, or the composer's or school's/teacher's website. The online application will ask for the URL.
    2. If submitting an Audio recording (fixed media category only), it should be an mp3 file. The application will ask you to upload it. 
  2. A full score as a pdf file (if applicable)
  3. The online application will ask for: composer name(s) and email(s), school name(s), year(s) in school, composition title, duration, listing of instrumentation and equipment used, an analysis of the piece's form, one or two paragraphs describing the compositional/creative process, a listing of student performers that includes name, email, school name, year in school, and type of participation in the composition for each student, a letter of support from the nominating teacher as a pdf file, and links to uploaded video/audio files.

The submission deadline is 5:00pm EST November 6, 2017. Only applications completed by this time will be considered. Students whose works are selected for presentation at the annual FMEA Professional Development Conference will be notified by November 6 and will be expected to register for the Conference.

Online Nomination Application

If you experience any problems with the online nomination process, email Josh@FLMusicEd.org