Selected Performance Opportunities for Students

Kentucky Music Teachers Association

This organizational offers numerous festivals and competitions for pianists on the local, state-wide and national levels.

The Music Development Program

This is the Americanized version of the ABRSM, listed below. Students are examined by a qualified judge at eight progressive levels of achievement. The examination includes repertoire, sight-reading, ear-training, and technique.

National Federation of Music Clubs Junior Festival

Students perform two pieces for ratings given by a single judge. This is a local event. One piece is from a prescribed list of pieces that are rated in various levels of difficulty (i.e. Primary I, Moderately Difficult II, Advanced, etc.) The other piece is a free choice. Students who achieve superior ratings three years in a row receive a trophy.

Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music

This is an international curriculum of piano study that is followed, uh, internationally! Presently, students travel to the closest examination center which is located in Cincinnati, to be evaluated by an examiner who travels from  the U.K. to evaluate the students. There are eight Grades in the curriculum. The evaluation includes not only performance, but a music theory examinations and ear-training tests. Students who complete Grade 8 are eligible for scholarships to the Royal Schools of Music. The examinations are available in November and May each year.

Taylor Piano Studio Festival

My students will learn about a particular great composer each year. Students will learn about the composers via my studio blogsite,, and learn as many pieces as they can! The Festival culminates in performances of the selected composer’s works and an evaluation by an outside adjudicator. Prizes are involved!