Performance Exams: Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17, 2016

Florida State Music Teachers Association provides for non-competitive performance, written theory, and aural theory evaluations through its Student Day Program. The program encompasses Levels Primary through Twelve, without any age restrictions, in all instruments and voice.

Students are awarded Certificates of Achievement or Certificates of Progress. A student may enter at the level the teacher feels is appropriate. After completing Level VI, a student may continue enrolling for evaluation in performance, written theory, and aural theory, or they may enroll in any single area for evaluation. A County Honors Recital for outstanding performers concludes the Student Day experience.

The Written, Aural and Performance exams will be held at Broward Community College Central Campus, Building 4. 

*For Google Map directions, please click here. 

*To view a Broward College campus map, please click here (located in building 4).

Please note: Building #4 is part of Bailey Hall. The door to the Music Department is just past the box office, under the #4 on the outside of the building. 

{The schedule for the Student Day Performance exams on April 16 and 17, 2016 will be emailed to you individually.}

Please dress very nicely for your evaluation and remember to bring your original music.  No photocopies are permitted.

Please plan to arrive 10-15 minutes early, in case the evaluator is ahead of schedule.


Studio Accomplishments

I am very proud of the accomplishments of our students this past week. Two high school seniors who desired to major in music were accepted to the colleges of their choice. One with significant scholarship! Congratulations Melissa Redway and Victoria Shephard!

Jeffrey Drew auditioned for and was accepted by the National Chopin Foundation to perform in their Young Pianists Concert held at the Broward County Main Library Auditorium at 3 PM on April 16th.

Former student (now a sophomore in college) Meghan Hanley, received a special award at the Birmingam Music Club Collegiate Scholarship Competition. She is attending University of Alabama and is studying under Dr. Kevin Chance.

Former student, Andrew Boss, now doctoral candidate at University of Texas at Austin, is having yet another of his compositions for wind ensembles performed by a university wind ensemble. 

Keep up the good work!!!!!



1. Tuition is due the first lesson of every month

2. April 2-7 is a NO LESSON WEEK- I will be at the MTNA National Conference in San Antonio

3. Our Spring Recital is set for May 23rd

4. Guild Auditions are Thursday May 26 and Friday, May 27th (There are no regular lessons the week of

May 23-27)





MUSICTHON - JANUARY 22, 2016 - 7:00 - 8:00 PM - Galleria Mall


JANUARY 22-24, 2016

Musicthon is a Broward County Music Teachers Association Annual Fundraiser for Scholarships as well as other charitable causes.

Dear Parents and Students,

It is time to prepare for our annual fundraiser.  This year’s motto is “Kids playing 4KIDS of South Florida”. This year’s proceeds will benefit all BCMTA activities (summer camp scholarships, programs, student day awards, master classes and competition prizes), and 4KIDS, a non-profit organization “providing hope for kids in crisis”.

Below are the links to the forms:

For more information on this wonderful cause, please visit:

Musicthon will be held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, January 22, 23 and 24, 2015 at the Galleria Mall, 2414 E. Sunrise Blvd in Fort Lauderdale.  Our performance time is Friday, January 22 from 7-8 pm.

PLEASE NOTE: Each student is required to collect a minimum of $15.00 to play in the event. All money raised is to be collected PRIOR to MUSICTHON. No Money is to be collected, counted or left for pick up at the event. Teachers will mail funds raised along with the Teachers Tally Sheet to the Treasurer NO LATER than Monday JANUARY 25, 2016. Please make sure that all checks are made payable to BCMTA.


Each participant in Musicthon 2016 will receive a tee shirt that we will wear to perform, along with dress jeans or skirts. No shorts or sneakers or flip flops, PLEASE!!!!


Remember to get these pledge forms out before the holidays so that extended family can support our students’ efforts. Please print out the Sponsor Letter and the Student Pledge Form to give to your students.

Musically yours, 

Mrs. Purchase



National Federation of Music Clubs Festivals

Dates: January 30-31 and - February 7-8, 2016

BUILDING 4 (Bailey Hall)

The National Federation of Music Clubs Festivals program is designed to promote study and stimulate interest in American and world music literature, and encourage each participant to reach a high standard of musical achievement.

The Festival is designed for ALL members of the NFMC. It is not a competition but an opportunity to perform and receive evaluation. Rules are set by the National Federation of Music Clubs, and Festivals are administered by the respective state Federations of Music Clubs in accordance with the rules that appear in the current Festival Bulletin.

The Klassically Cool Junior Club is affiliated with the Senior Club, Morning Musicale of Fort Lauderdale. Our District is the Royal Poinciana North District.

Students can enter many categories: Piano Solo, Duet, trio, quartet, Hymn Playing, Patriotic and Folk Songs, Vocal Solos, Art Songs, Musical Theater, Patriotic and Folk Songs and Vocal Duets. There are String and other instrumental categories, as well.

Students must choose a required piece that is listed in the current Festival Bulletin, plus a second piece by a non-American composer. This rule is waived for Primary Level students. The students perform their two selections before two judges and an audience. They are awarded Superior (5 points), Excellent (4 points), Satisfactory (3 points), Fair (2 points), and Needs Improvement (1 point). They also receive very valuable evaluations of their performance.

When a total of 15 points has been earned, per category, the First Gold Cup is awarded. When each additional 15 points has been earned, the next larger cup is awarded.

Students who receive a Superior rating at the District level may choose to go to State Junior Convention the first weekend in May. This is usually held at the University of North Florida, in Jacksonville, Florida. There, students compete for a First Place or an Honorable Mention. There are no evaluation sheets given for feedback.