Hamilton Music Festival

Music Writing Syllabus

Composition - 801

Participants are to submit an original composition for any instrument (including voice) or any combination of instruments. The notated composition (i.e. musical score) will be adjudicated upon the submission date, and the feedback and class placements will be shared with the competitors at the live session held during the festival. Performance of the piece is not required. Entries suitable to this class include, but are not limited to: original compositions that are beyond the performing abilities of the competitor, the competitor does not wish to perform their work, it is a multi-instrument work where arranging a performance is not viable, etc

Class Code Age / Level Selections / Restrictions Fee
80101 Junior: 9 years and under Music must be created entirely by the student, but can be notated by an adult. Length of composition may not exceed 5 minutes. $40.00
80102 Intermediate: 14 years and under Music must be created entirely by the student, but can be notated with the assistance of an adult. Length of composition may not exceed 10 minutes. $50.00
80103 Senior: 19 years and under Music must be created and notated entirely by the student. Length of composition may not exceed 15 minutes. $60.00
80104 Open Music must be created and notated entirely by the student. Length of composition may not exceed 20 minutes. $70.00

Composition with Performance - 802

Participants will submit an original composition for any instrument (including voice) or combination of instruments. The notated composition (i.e. musical score) will be adjudicated upon the submission date, and the feedback and class placements will be shared with the competitors at the live session held during the festival at which time performance of the piece is required. While the musical work will only be assessed based on its compositional merits, competitors will also perform their original work. This class is suitable for those competitors who wish to both submit an original composition AND perform it for a live audience at the festival. The competitor must arrange for all instrumentalists and/or singers required for a performance of their work.

Class Code Age / Level Selections / Restrictions Fee
80201 Junior: 9 years and under Music must be created entirely by the student, but can be notated by an adult. Length of composition may not exceed 5 minutes. $40.00
80202 Intermediate: 14 years and under Music must be created entirely by the student, but can be notated with the assistance of an adult. Length of composition may not exceed 10 minutes. $50.00
80203 Senior: 19 years and under Music must be created and notated entirely by the student. Length of composition may not exceed 15 minutes. $60.00
80204 Open Music must be created and notated entirely by the student. Length of composition may not exceed 20 minutes. $70.00

Singer Songwriter - 803

Participants will submit an original song in a popular style (eg folk, pop, rock, etc) with accompaniment. The song can be fully notated with lyrics and accompaniment, or in lead sheet format, with lyrics, structure and chord progression. A recording of a performance of the song is required upon submission of the score. Competitors will also perform their work during the live festival session.

Class Code Age / Level Selections / Restrictions Fee
80301 Any age The length of the song may not exceed 10 minutes $50.00