STAD 2018 Information

Location and Date: Front Range Community College Red Cloud Peak Building 4616 S. Shields Street Fort Collins, CO 80526

Saturday, March 3, 2018 8am-4pm

CLASSY CLASSICALS-Student Achievement Day is sponsored by the Fort Collins Music Teachers Association (FCMTA), in conjunction with the Colorado State Music Teachers Association (CSMTA). Each student will perform the requirements plus two and no more than five options in front of one listener. Listeners are piano teachers from Fort Collins and the surrounding areas. Students will receive a state certificate, and also encouraging and constructive comments upon the completion of their performance. This is a noncompetitive event.


  • To recognize achievement in musical study
  • To encourage music students in their study
  • To recognize and encourage related talents and interests
  • To provide a happy musical experience, and an opportunity for a feeling of accomplishment in students
  • To support and guide the teacher in the effort to provide a quality music education for each student

Fee: The fee to enter each student is $15. You will need to make your check out to your teacher.  We will also have merchandise to preorder:$10 per t-shirt or bag or $20 for a sweatshirt. Please write one check for all.

Requirements: One piece memorized, One piece with music, Complete two Options.

Name the key of each piece, play the appropriate scale, and answer theory questions pertaining to each piece (as appropriate per level). There are 12 levels. Your teacher will decide at which level your child is best suited.  The performance level, options level, and game room levels may be different.

Super Achiever Requirements: Both pieces memorized and played satisfactorily. FIVE options, all completed satisfactorily (One of the options must be a written test with a score of at least 80%). * Super Achievers will receive special acknowledgment for the extra effort.

Theme: This year's theme will be CLASSY CLASSICS. To get a sticker for the theme you need to play a piece from a Classical composer or do a project, report, dance or song from that time period.

Options: (For explanations of these please talk to your teacher)

  • 1. Additional piece memorized
  • 2. Additional piece with music
  • 3. Written Theory Test
  • 4. Terms and signs test
  • 5. Music History test
  • 6. Ear training test
  • 7. Scales
  • 8. Chords
  • 9. Arpeggios
  • 10. Sight Reading 
  • 11. Playing from a lead sheet
  • 13. Improvisation
  • 12. Transposition
  • 14. Collaborative performance
  • 15. Perform on a 2nd instrument
  • 16. Conducting
  • 17. Art related to music
  • 18. Construction project related to music
  • 19. Written project (report, scrapbook)
  • 20. Written review of concert or CD
  • 21. Dance
  • 22. Original composition
  • 23. Serving as a teen helper
  • 24. Accompanying
  • 25. Try a TECHNOLOGY 
  • 26. Music game room-do all four centers
  • 27. Dress in period costume

Deadlines: It is very important to make sure money, art, compositions, and other projects are turned in on time. Your teacher will give you these deadlines.

Registration: You will find out your child's playing time about two weeks before STAD (Student Achievement Day). Since approximately 200 students attend STAD, scheduling each student is a large task. Thus we cannot take any time requests from parents. If you and your child decide to participate in STAD, you must make the commitment to be there when your child's playing time is given. If you have an unavoidable conflict you may talk to your teacher, who may or may not be able to switch times with another student of theirs.
You will receive a blue registration sheet and a yellow comment sheet from your teacher before STAD. Both sheets must be filled out correctly upon arriving at your performance location on March 3rd for your child to participate. Music must be the original copy (no photocopies) with the first measure of each line numbered and pages marked and ready for the listener.

STAD 2018 Chair: Tina Vernon 970-407-9103