Forum Music Teachers Association of Houston, Inc.

TMTA SA Publication Contest

CHAIRMAN:  Chiao_Li Tsai: (505) 610-1580 703 Cannon Ln, Sugar Land TX 77479
DEADLINE: December 1
  1. Email the paper to the Chair.
  2. Include the following information on a separate document.
    1. Contest Division
    2. Title of Article
    3. Student name: last, first
    4. School grade
    5. Address: street/city/ zip
    6. Parent name
    7. Parent email
    8. Fall or Spring theory test
    9. Teacher name

Corrected papers being sent to the state level should be returned to the Chair by January 20.

FEE: $15 per student mailed to chair by December 1
Pay for your student’s registration:

    1. OPTION 1 (preferred): Send payments via Zelle to Add a message to the transfer with the memo “Publication Contest enrollment for #__ students.”

    2. OPTION 2: Mail your registration check to the appropriate chair. Your payment must be postmarked no later than the deadline. One check per teacher made out to Forum

INFORMATION: The purpose of the contest is to promote excellence in music research and publications.
Students pick one of two topics for their grade level (grades one through college) and write an essay designed to explore and analyze the topic in an original, engaging way. Each article is judged at the local level and then the selected articles are judged at the state level. Judges award “Winner” and “Outstanding” articles which are published in the TMTA SA Publication Contest Book. Winners receive certificates and cash awards.
After a student’s paper is judged at the local level, the paper will be sent back to the student. If it is deemed qualified to progress to the state level, the student will have an opportunity to make corrections based on the judge’s comments before being submitted.For more information, please go to the TMTA Handbook.
The TMTA SA Publication Topics for 2021-2022 are: Grades 1 and 2: (75 – 300 words)

IA – Music of Vince Guaraldi

IB – American Children’s Songs (nursery songs/folk tunes)


Grades 3 and 4: (250 – 550 words)

IIA – K-Pop

IIB – The early music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


Grades 5 and 6: (400 – 650 words)

IIIA – Music of Franz Schubert

IIIB – French Folk Music


Grades 7 and 8: (500 – 750 words)

IVA – Music of Nobuo Uematsu

IVB – Music of Sergei Rachmaninov


Grades 9 and 10: (600 – 850 words)

VA – 20th Century Music for Harpsichord

VB – Music and Ritual


Grades 11 and 12: (700 – 950 words)

VIA – The Celesta and Its Music

VIB – Music of Billy Joel


Post-12th (750 – 1050 words)

VII – Schubert and Goethe

TMTA STUDENT AFFLIATE VIDEO ESSAY CONTEST (The Creative Video Contest has been discontinued.)