Annual Awards Competition

The Annual Awards Competition is an opportunity for students to play one piece from memory before a judge.  Monetary awards are given for 1st and 2nd place winners in each of four divisions: Senior, Intermediate, Junior II and Junior I.   

Our annual Awards Competition will have a new twist for 2020! We will be calling it: "Annual Awards Competition: A Celebration of Beethoven's 250th Birthday."  All aspects of the competition remain the same except that this year students will play one Beethoven piece of their choosing. Examples will be given in the guidebook for what appropriate levels might be. The competition will be held at West Michigan Piano instead of St Cecelia.

The Awards Competition is an excellent way for students and their teachers to explore, study, and perform a wide range of piano repertoire.  Each year the Competition will focus on a particular aspect of piano literature: an important composer, stylistic periods, genres, or music of particular countries.  There will be no specific required repertoire. Rather, students and their teachers will be free to choose appropriate pieces that meet the general requirements for that particular Competition year. Teachers will be provided with a list of pieces that can be used as examples of repertoire for each level, as well as recommended resources for further literature.

Upload Videos By: Saturday, April 25, 2020

Location: Remote

Enrollment Deadline: April 1, 2020

Fee: $12
Make checks payable to Piano Teachers' Forum of Grand Rapids
send payment to Ryan Blok, 2900 Wilson Ave SW Ste 111, Granville, MI 49418.


1. The teacher must be a member of the Piano Forum, MMTA, and MTNA, with dues for the current year paid in full.

2. There is no limit to the number of students that a teacher may enter in any of the four Divisions.

3. Students are eligible for entry in the Junior I Division if they are in elementary school grades up through 6th grade, Junior II Division if in grades through 8th grade, Intermediate Division if in grades through 10th grade, and Senior Division if in grades through 12th grade.

4. Entrants will be assigned a number and judges will only know them by number, not by name or teacher.

5. Compositions must be memorized.  No repeats should be taken except in the case of first and second endings and da capo and dal segno designations. The following time limits should be observed for each Division: Junior I: 5 minutes, Junior II: 6 minutes, Intermediate: 8 minutes and Senior: 10 minutes.

6. Awards will be granted as follows:

          Senior Division: 1st Place - $50, 2nd Place - $30

          Intermediate Division: 1st Place - $40, 2nd Place - $25

          Junior II Division: 1st Place - $30, 2nd Place - $20

          Junior I Division: 1st Place - $30, 2nd Place - $20

7. Each contestant will receive a certificate for participating.  A First Place winner in one Division may not compete in the same Division the following year.

8. Judges shall be selected by the Awards Competition Committee/Director.

9. A First and Second Place winner will be named in each category.  Judges shall be allowed to declare only a First Place winner or “no winner” in any Division if performances do not meet contest criteria.  In the case of ties, the awards will be split between the two winners.  The decision of the judges will be final.

10. No tape recording or video recording will be allowed.

11. The teacher should submit a single check covering all of his/her students’ enrollment fees.  The check should be made payable to the Piano Teachers’ Forum of Grand Rapids and can be turned to the Awards Director at the meeting preceding the competition, or mailed directly to the Director.

12. Online registration and fees must be submitted by April 1.

13. The teacher should complete enrollment forms as accurately and completely as possible.  Enrollment must be done online at (click on Member Resources, then click Online Registration.) Select the Annual Awards Competition registration.

14. The performance times of participating students will be emailed to each teacher as soon as scheduling has been completed.

15. Teachers should be certain that students are able to appear at their scheduled time.  No re-scheduling is possible.

16. First place winners will be asked to perform at the May meeting of the Piano Forum.  The Second place winner will be asked to perform if the first place winner is unable to attend.  At the discretion of the judge and Awards Competition Director Second place winners in all divisions may be asked to perform.


There are no required pieces for the competition other than that they be original compositions by Beethoven and that they are appropriate to the level in which a student is entering. An excellent resource for teachers is The Pianist’s Guide to Standard Teaching and Performance Literature by Jane McGrath, Alfred Publishing Co. In addition the SAT repertoire list has some general suggestions.

Here, by performance category, are some suggestions. These are meant only as a reference

and can be used, if desired, but are NOT required pieces. The purpose of re-structuring the

Awards Competition is to make the broader choice of repertoire more conducive to allowing

more students to participate.

I. Junior Division (through 6th grade)

          Bagatelle, Ecossaise in G from Vol. 17, Easy Classics to Moderns.

          Any of the Six German Dances from Vol. 27, More Easy Classics to Moderns

          Sonatina in G Major, Anh. 5, No. 2

II. Junior 2 Division (through 8th grade)

          Fur Elise (yes, really!)

          Bagatelle, Op. 119 No. 11, No. 5, from Vol. 37, Classics to Moderns.

          Sonatina in F Major, Anh. 5, No. 2

III. Intermediate Division (through 10th grade) 

          Any of the Bonn Sonatas,

          Sonatas. Op. 49, Nos.1 and 2.

IV. Senior Division (through 12th grade)

          Bagatelles, Op. 33 Nos. 1,3,6. 

          Sonatas: Op. 2, No. 1; Op. 14, No. 1 and 2; Op. 79;

                           Rondo in C Major, Op. 51, No. 1

This list is provided for reference purposes only. Teachers are encouraged to explore the many possibilities by Beethoven that exist for each of the performance divisions.  Anthologies of Classical Period repertoire supplement  the various teaching methods generally in use and can provide additional repertoire choices.