Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible to participate in the student adjudications?
Anyone age 5 and above is welcome and encouraged to participate in the Keyboard Festival!
I'm not sure what my level is- how do I decide?
It is up to the participant and their teacher to decide which level they feel fits best.
As a guideline:
Beginner - students that are elementary school aged OR have been studying for approximately 2 years or less
Intermediate - students that are middle school/high school aged OR have been studying for approximately 3-5 years
Advanced - students that are high school/college/adult aged OR have been studying for more than 6 years
When is the timeframe to register?
The registration period is from April 15th - May 15th, 2021.
Is there a registration fee?
The registration fee for student adjudication is $26.00.
Keyboard Festival Week 2021 (June 20-25, 2021) events will be free and open to the (virtual) public.
I've never made a video of my playing before. Do I need a professional video?
Part of this educational experience is creating the video - even for the first time - possibly with the video camera on your phone another device! Please see our Recording Guidelines to help in recording your video. Try several takes to see for yourself what works and what doesn't.
Can I edit my video before I submit it?
It depends on what you mean by editing. You are encouraged to crop the beginning and end of your video to eliminate any excess, non-musical content (aside from your optional student introduction), but the musical content of your video - starting from the optional spoken introduction must be done in one take. No editing of the musical content will be permitted and will result in disqualification from participation in Keyboard Festival 2021.
How do I acquire copyright permission before participating in Keyboard Festival 2021?
For Keyboard Festival 2021, Hal Leonard and Kjos have both granted permission for student use of their copyrighted works. Alfred Publishing requires that each student contact them directly at email@example.com.
Sample email message to Alfred Publishing:
"My name is <NAME> and I would like to play an Alfred piece in the upcoming virtual student adjudication as part of Keyboard Festival 2021 hosted by the New Jersey Chapter of the World Piano Teachers Association.
The name of my piece is <TITLE> and it's in <BOOK>. I already own a copy of this book. I would like Alfred's permission to record this piece for use in the student adjudication and to make a PDF of the score for the adjudicators.
Thank you for your help and support of Keyboard Festival 2021.
Please contact us at for more information about publishers not mentioned here.
Full Keyboard Festival copyright information can be found here.
Do I receive feedback?
Yes! Each registered participant for student adjudication will receive feedback from two highly respected adjudicators. The adjudicators will listen carefully to your video and provide valuable, written feedback.
Are there any opportunities to perform for others?
Select participants will be featured during Keyboard Festival Week 2021 in June!
Sign-up for more information!