Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020 8am-4pm

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

Student Achievement Day (STAD) 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, 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. We will also have merchandise to pre-order: $10 per t-shirt or bag or $20 for a sweatshirt. Please write one check for all. Checks should be made out to your teacher and turned in by the registration deadline.

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 Sticker-play a piece, do a project, report, or dance related to the theme. 

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
12. Improvisation 
13. Transposition 
14. Dress in character costume pertaining to the theme
15. Perform on a 2nd instrument
16. Conducting
17. Art related to music-Deadline: ASK YOUR TEACHER
18. Construction project related to music-Deadline: ASK YOUR TEACHER
19. Written project (report, scrapbook)-Deadline: ASK YOUR TEACHER
20. Written review of concert or CD-Deadline: ASK YOUR TEACHER
21. Dance
22. Original composition-Deadline: ASK YOUR TEACHER-due early FEB
23. Serving as a teen helper
24. Accompanying
26. Music game room-do all four centers
27. Collaborative performance


January 25, 2020 Registration, Merchandise Order, Checks to teacher written out to her/him

March 7, 2020 STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT DAY! blue and yellow sheets-BRING WITH YOU TO STAD

Registration: You will find out your child's playing time about two weeks before STAD. 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 that he/she has filled out correctly before they give to you. Upon arriving at your performance location on March 7th you need to present these at the registration desk. Music must be the original copy (no photocopies) with the first measure of each line numbered and pages marked and ready for the listener.

Special Presentations by: Shana Kirk-
Aaron Garner-Piano Marvel
Bruce Mihalek-Yamaha Clavinova

Photo/Video Permission-Your teacher should have a photo permission form on file for all students participating in STAD, if you haven't given permission inform the person taking photos NOT to take your picture. Photos will  be put on the FCMTA Website otherwise.

STAD 2020 CO-Chairs: Sandra Meyer 405-788-9070 and Tina Vernon 970-488-9884