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Judging Information

Judging Process

Round One (Local Competition):

 

The first round is a team round. The theory software will determine the top team scores within each region. Classes will have fun seeing how they’re progressing through the online leader board as they compete. After the competition is closed, the National Music Bee office will officially inform each of the winning classes or teams

 

Results will be tabulated by the software so individual judges are not required in the first round. 

 

Round Two (Regional Competition):

 

On each winning team, the instructor will select the top composition on the team to be advanced to the regional final judging. A judging panel will be appointed in each of the five regions to choose the top winners in the junior and senior divisions within the region. Competitors will complete Round Two from their homes or schools.

 

Judges will include Music Professors and Instructors at major universities, Conductors/Artistic Directors at regional 

Symphonies and Operas, professional musicians, record industry executives and other appropriate judges. Each judge in Round Two will be asked to judge a total of ten compositions within one region: five Junior Division compositions and five Senior Division compositions. Judging will be based on the criteria given to the judges. Three to Five judges will be assigned to each region. Based on the scores provided by the judges, First, Second, and Third place awards will be given in each division within each region. Judges will receive compositions via email and judging may take place wherever they choose between April 19 and April 25, 2016.

 

Round Three (National Finals):

 

The five Senior Division winners and five Junior Division winners will be flown to the National Finals, anticipated to be in the Los Angeles area. Each student will be given a fixed amount of time to complete their final composition. 

 

Five judges will be selected for the national finals that will include Composers, National Record Industry Executives, Celebrity Performers who write their own music, Classically Trained Music Professionals, Highly respected 

music educators, and other appropriate judges. Judging will be based on the criteria given to the judges. Judges will review all ten compositions from the finalists: five from the Junior Division and five from the Senior Division. Based on the scores provided by the judges and verbal deliberation, First, Second, and Third place scholarships and awards will be given in each division. Judges will be asked to be available on  May 14, 2016 during the afternoon to judge the final compositions.

Awards

In addition to awards at the local and regional rounds, the following are the awards to be presented to the national winners:

 

Sr. Division:

1st place: $10,000 scholarship plus physical award

2nd place: $2,000 scholarship plus physical award

3rd place: $1,000 scholarship plus physical award

Class Award

 

Jr. Division :

1st place: $5,000 scholarship plus physical award

2nd place: $2,000 scholarship plus physical award

3rd place: $1,000 scholarship plus physical award

Class Award

For more information about participating in the National Music Bee as a judge or a sponsor, please contact: 

 

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