Music Festival


The Nebraska Music Teachers Association sponsors annual music festivals for serious young musicians throughout the state. Festivals consist of performance of prepared repertoire and scale requirements for a competent adjudicator. In addition, students will take an ear training and written test in theory and musicianship. Sight reading is included at the District Festivals level only. Pre-college students who have successfully passed the preliminary District Festivals may enter the non-competitive State Festival held in the fall under the direction of the NMTA Vice President.

Pre-college students may enter in the fields of piano, orchestra strings, voice, woodwinds, brass, percussion, plectrum guitar and classical guitar. Preliminary festivals for pre-college students are held each spring at the district level under the direction of the District Festival Chairs.

How to register for the District Music Festival 


    • Online Entry Form: For the Lincoln District Festival ONLY, registration can be done online.  You will need to complete the form for EACH student participating in the event.  Please fill in the form completely to the end and hit submit.  You will receive a confirmation screen if your registration was done correctly.  There will be a link on the confirmation screen to go back to the beginning of the form to add another student.  You are able to go back and change information within the form ONLY if you have not hit the “submit” button at the end.  If there are errors in your submission after you have hit the “submit” button, please email with the corrections.  Corrections/changes are accepted up to two weeks prior to the event.  You will receive an email to confirm your registrations the first week of April.
      • Student Entry Form (ONLINE)
      • Student Entry Form (PDF DOWNLOAD)

    • Teacher Participation Form: Please complete the paper format of the teacher participation form and mail in to Maria along with ONE check made out to Nebraska Music Teachers Association to cover all student fees.  

      •     Teacher Participation Form (PDF DOWNLOAD)

    • Checks: Teachers, you must submit ONE check payable to the Nebraska Music Teachers Association to cover registration fees for your own students. Mail your check by the postmark deadline (March 10, 2015, for the Lincoln District) to the address below. Do NOT use the PayPal option on the LMTA website. Your online registrations will not be processed until your check is received. 

Maria Holen

4311 S. 46th Street
Lincoln NE 68516


Helpful Links and Information 

  • Sample Tests: The NMTA website also has practice theory tests to download.  Though these tests are very helpful, they do not cover all areas of testing; make sure to refer to the Festival Manual for complete requirements.
  • Links and Downloads: Below are some links and worksheets submitted by our local teachers. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of LMTA, the LMTA Board or its members.  They are provided for private use and not to be used commercially.

  • Tue. Mar. 10, 2015: Postmark Registration Deadline for Lincoln District Festival
  • Sat. Apr. 25, 2015: Lincoln District Festival (Nebraska Wesleyan University)

Help us Help You and Your Students to Prepare

We would like to make this website useful to you and your students.  If you have any tools, such as links to music history or theory websites, worksheets, previous tests, please submit them to for inclusion on this Festival page.