Master Musician

The Master Musician program is designed to encourage talented music students to continue their progress beyond the classroom setting. This program gives students an opportunity to receive district level recognition, achieve their highest musical potential and develop a professional portfolio which can be used as an indicator of achievement for college auditions, admissions, and scholarships.

Master Musician Awards and Scholarships
All Master Musicians will be awarded a Master Musician Medallion, district level letters of recognition and a Certificate of Merit.
Scholarships are available for summer camp and are only offered the first year a student becomes a Master Musician. Students must request a scholarship by presenting their director with an application for a chosen summer camp. Directors will be informed of scholarship application deadlines.

Listed below is General information regarding the elements of the Master Musician Process.
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The Portfolio
The portfolio is the complete documentation of the student’s musical and academic success. Contents should include, but not limited to, a resume that includes the information on the application/checklist sheet, performance CD’s with copies of all music being performed, concert programs of student’s performances, music awards and honors, list of method books studied, and any appropriate inserts that showcase the student’s achievements.

The Master Musician Test will only be offered at specific dates throughout the a school year. All Master Musician candidates must achieve an overall score of 85% or higher. In order to be eligible to take the MMAT, students will need to submit their complete portfolio first. A complete portfolio will be your student’s invitation to take the MMAT. Please note that complete portfolios may need student revisions after being submitted to the Master Musician Review Committee. The portfolio should look professional in a binder and be neatly constructed.

Performance Requirements

CD One
The student will record their performance of the following exercise as they appear in the Hillsborough County High School Music Outcomes and Reference Manual on CD for their portfolio.
1. Major Scales with arpeggios-tongued ascending, slurred descending, two octaves where possible.
2. Intervals in thirds for all major scales, one octave for each.
3. Chromatic scale-tongued ascending, slurred descending, two octaves.
* Percussion students would perform these on a mallet instrument.
* Percussionist must include the 26 standard rudiments from the N.A.R.D. list on snare drum. The rudiments should be performed from a slow tempo to a fast tempo back to the slow tempo.

CD Two
The student will record their performance of two etudes of contrasting styles from, but not limited to, the texts listed below on CD for their portfolio. Please include a copy of the sheet music of the selected etudes.
Flute/Piccolo – Melodious & Progressive Studies for Flute, Book 1, Robert Cavally
Oboe/English Horn/All Saxophones – 48 Famous Studies for Oboe or Saxophone, Albert J. Andraud
Bassoon – Studies for Bassoon, Concert Studies, Opus 26, Book 3, L. Milde
Eb/Bb Clarinet – 32 Etudes for Clarinet, C. Rose
Alto/Bass Clarinet – Advanced Studies, William E. Rhoads
Trumpet – Arban’s (Authentic Edition), Edwin Franko Goldman & Walter M. Smith
French Horn – 335 Selected Melodious Progressive & Technical Studies (Book 1), Max Pottage and Albert J. Andraud
Trombone/Baritone BC & TC – Arban’s (Famous Method for Trombone), Charles L. Randall and Simone Mantia
Tuba – 60 Selected Studies for BBb Tuba, C. Kopprasch
Percussion – select one etude from each of the following method books:
○ Mallets – Modern School for Xylophone, Marimba, and Vibraphone, Morris Goldenberg
○ Snare Drum – Portraits in Rhythm, Anthony J. Cirone
○ Timpani – The Solo Timpanist, Vic Firth

CD Three
The student will record their performance of a solo with accompaniment that is at least a Grade IV on CD for their portfolio. The source of the solo can include, but is not limited to, the FBA Solo and Ensemble Music List and Vivace repertoire. If there is any question concerning the appropriateness of the literature selected the Master Musician adjudication committee will contact the director. Please include a copy of the sheet music of the selected solo.

*The student must also select two items off the option page (see below)

Master Musician Option Page

In addition to the performance portion of the master musicianship portfolio, the student will need to select TWO of the items below to complete their portfolio.

Original Composition. If the student selects this, the student would be evaluated on his/her ability to compose a piece of music that is constructed within basic theory guidelines.

Music Technology. The student will exhibit the use of music technology through composition, performance, or arrangement. If the student selects this, he/she would be evaluated on his/her use of technology and on the content of the performance and/or composition.

Ensemble Performance. A taped ensemble-performance such as, but not limited to, a duet, trio, quartet or larger for instrumentalists and quartets or larger for the vocalists. Selection of the literature should be a selection from FVA, FBA, FOA music lists of at least a grade IV or higher. If there is any question concerning the appropriateness of the literature selected the Master Musician adjudication committee will contact the director.

Student Conducting. The student will make a videotape of the student conducting and ensemble of eight or more players. If the student selects this, he/she would be evaluated on the use of proper conducting skills such as and not limited to: cuing, dynamics, conducting pattern, musicality of conducting style, facial expressions, control of the ensemble, etc. If there is any question concerning the appropriateness of the literature selected the Master Musician adjudication committee will contact the director.

Concert Critique. The student will turn in two programs and concert critique about the performance using appropriate musical terms. The concert that the student attends must be at a high school level or above. The student may NOT use any concerts from their own school for this item.

Music Performance Evaluation. The student will turn in three completed evaluation forms of three other performing ensembles that the student has heard. These ensembles must be from another school. Use the MPA forms from FBA, FVA, or FOA. To obtain these forms, see your director at your school.

Solo/Ensemble Performance for Charitable Organization or Community Event. If the student selects this item, he/she would need to submit a videotape of the performance. The purpose of this item is not only for performance reason, but also for the demonstration of community outreach initiated by the student. The student may not use a school function for this item.

Improvisation. The student will be evaluated on his/her ability to improvise to an accompaniment within the chord structure.

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