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Pop + Jazz Music Festival

This festival is organized in an American Idol master class format featuring music from the Pop + Jazz Music genre.  Students experience performances of similar levels while local professional musicians and artists work with each student individually and/or as an ensemble.  Students may opt to enter competitively for winners of "best of" categories.

Open to students studying any instrument, performing solo works or collaborative ensembles.

Event Details

Event Dates | January 27, 2024

Registration Deadline | January 12, 2024

Location | Fries Auditorium, WA School for the Blind

Register students online.  Mail a check made payable to MTACC to the Treasurer within one week with registration fees.

Music Class

Meet the Visiting Artists

Our Visiting Artists are highly trained, vetted, and passionate about community music education.  They love what they do and do what they love!

Festival Chairs

Have questions about the Pop + Jazz Music Festival?  We have answers!

Festival Guidlines

Festival Mission

  • To provide students a performance opportunity focusing on contemporary popular, rock, or jazz musical styles

  • To provide impactful feedback towards this style of music

  • To pursue inclusivity in American music and people

Festival Guidelines

  • Festival hours are Saturday 9am-5pm

  • Teachers registering three or more students will be expected to assist with monitoring sessions

Registration Guidelines

  • All registrations to be submitted online

  • Please input your student's full name properly and correctly, as participation certificates will be printed using this information

  • Please input all repertoire information, including composer and original performing artist

  • All participants may enter the festival as competitive or non-competitive.  Memorization is required for competitive entries.  When entering the festival as non-competitive, the participate will not be considered for award placement.

  • Please mail checks made payable to MTACC to the Treasurer within one week of registration

Repertoire Guidelines

  • Students must provide a legal purchased or owned copy of the sheet music or score.  They may also provide an optional transcription or arrangement.

  • If performing with a backing track, students must purchase a legal copy of the track, in addition to a printed lyric sheet. 

Student Divisions

  • Please adhere to the following performance times: 

    • Children (Grades K-3) | $20, 8 min (max 3 min performance time)

    • Lower Youth (Grades 4-5) | $25, 10 min (max 4 min performance time)

    • Upper Youth (Grades 6-8) | $30, 12 min (max 5 min performance time)

    • Lower High (Grades 9-10) | $38, 15 min (max 6 min performance time)

    • Upper High (Grades 11-12) | $38, 15 min (max 6 min performance time)

    • Collegiate | $38, 15 min (max 6 min performance time)

    • Recreational (19+) | $38, 15 min (max 6 min performance time)

    • Small Ensembles (2-4 players) | $45, 20 min (max 6 min performance time)

    • Large Ensembles (5+ players) | $55, 20 min (max 6 min performance time)

  • An additional 5 minutes may be purchased for $8​

Student Eligibility

  • Student must have studied with a current MTACC teacher for a minimum of 6 months

  • If the student studies with more than one teacher, both teachers' names must be entered on the registration form

  • Non-piano participants must provide his/her own accompanist or accompanying track

  • Repertoire choices may include the following:

    • A solo work, whether notated, student arranged, or improvised​

    • A solo song, played or sung to an accompaniment track (track must be provided on a playback device with an 1/8" jack out)

    • A collaborative song, played or sung, with multiple instruments

  • Students must provide their own instrument, except for a drum kit, acoustic piano, or microphone.  A keyboard is optional, but a Nord Stage 3 will be provided.  A/V accommodations include standard 1/4" or XLR jack plugs.  Technical accommodations include:​

    • A small drum kit​

    • A bass amp

    • A guitar amp

    • A keyboard

    • A piano

    • Up to two SM-58 microphones for vocalists

    • Up to two SM-57 microphones for auxiliary instruments (such as violins, flutes, saxophones, etc)

Teacher Eligibility

  • Teacher must be an MTACC member in good standing OR pay the non-member rate of $65 plus student fees

  • Teacher must be available to monitor for at least one session during the Festival

  • The Festival is run in a master class format.  The Visiting Artist will work with each student immediately following their performance

  • The Visiting Artist will award each group with a "Best of" Winner (medal) and Honorable Mention (ribbon).  The total number of awarded participants is at the judge's discretion

  • "Best of" categories: Best Solo Performance, Best Ensemble Performance, Best Stage Presence, Best Creativity, Best Groove, Most Convincing Performance

  • All participants will receive a certificate at the end of their session

  • Please respect everyone's privacy.  No recordings (audio, video, or photography) will be permitted during the Festival


  • The Visiting Artist's decisions are final and he/she is not to discuss the results with anyone

  • Teachers are not allowed to ask the judge on the final results

  • The Visiting Artist will notify the Festival Chair with the award results at the end of the Festival

  • If teacher, student, or parent contact the judge regarding the final results, the participant will be disqualified

  • The Festival Chair will notify the teachers of results via email by Wednesday after the Festival.  Teachers must make arrangements to pick up the awards from the Festival Chair within two weeks after the Festival

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