Frequently Asked Questions



Q.  Can parents write a check directly to RPTG? 


A.  Please write just one check for all of your students made out to Rochester Piano Teachers’ Guild.  The only exception to this would be teachers from Eastman Community Music School who are prohibited from doing this. 


Q.  How do I know what pieces to select?  How do I know what each level represents?


A.  We are beginning to put together a committee that will create a syllabus that will give you a much better idea of this.  We won’t give lists of required pieces; rather we’ll create a guideline that will assist you. 

     You can also utilize resources such as the NFMC Festival bulletin, the National Piano Teachers Guild or even RCM syllabi to assist you when selecting pieces.


Q.  How long are the auditions?


A.  Each student is given approximately ten minutes in which the judges will hear their audition and mark the rating sheets appropriately.  Some students will require less time than this. 


Q.  May I write the judges a note about special circumstances regarding a student?


A.  You may not address judges about any student either in writing, or in person.  If your student has a special circumstance that needs addressing such as physical or developmental issues, then the Specially Capable Musician Category may be considered.  All applications for SCM must be sent to the festival organizers to consider.  See the menu tab at our website for Specially Capable Musician for instructions and applications. 


Q.  When will I receive my students’ scores and awards? 


A.  Completed and Scored rating sheets, Gold Cup Awards and Plates that you can have engraved as well Superior Rating Certificates will be distributed at the end of the festival day. 


Q.  How will I know if my student has been selected for the Honors Recitals? 


A.  Teachers will be notified the evening of festival auditions by email if their students have been selected. 

     It is the teacher's responsibility to notify the student and family, obtain their RSVP and let the Honors Recital organizers know. 

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