Our experience hosting a Federation Festival every spring at Metro Music Makers led our team to the vision of an assessment opportunity just for guitar, bass, and ukulele students. We created this assessment to allow parents to have a way to measure their child’s improvement on the guitar—not to mention, students who participate can learn responsibility, creativity, and follow-through. Plus, it allows students to get another teacher’s perspective, and it’s a great addition to college applications!

The Metro Music Makers Guitar Comps and Evaluation Program will assess a student’s musical abilities across a range of skills, including basic knowledge (scales), ability (technique), and creativity (improvisation and musicality). In this virtual event, students will showcase their skill level to a panel of professional musicians by performing a required piece with a pre-recorded accompaniment track, a  prepared solo of the student’s choosing, and musical scales in corresponding keys. Auditions are submitted via pre-recorded video.

The deadline to register for this year’s Guitar Comps and Evaluation Program is Friday, March 1, and the deadline to submit videos is Friday, March 8. Video submissions received after the deadline will not be scored. The cost to participate is $45, with an optional fee of $15 to receive a hard copy of the certificate and a participation button for their guitar strap.