National Guild of Piano Teachers (NGPT)
The National Piano Guild was founded in 1929 in Texas by Dr. Irl Allison. Since the first audition with 46 entrants participated, the Guild has grown to more 850 audition centers where thousands of students enroll annually.
Participants of all levels and ages have the opportunity to establish definite goals and awards in a non-competitive audition, from the earliest beginner to the gifted prodigy. Students are judged on individual merit, by a well-qualified music professional, in the areas of accuracy, continuity, phrasing, pedaling, dynamic, rhythm, tempo, tone, interpretation, style, and technique. The purpose is to encourage growth and enjoyment through the study of piano.
Programs are diversified to meet the needs of both students and teachers. There is a flexibility to choose any number of pieces in the student’s level as well as technical goals (Musicianship Phases) to perform for the Piano Guild judge. Students may choose to perform a Memorized Program or participate to perform with the music scores in the Hobbyist Program. Students receive a report card, fraternity pin and certificate. They may enter to earn special plaques and can work toward diplomas and scholarships.
Cambridge Academy of Music is the location of the Johns Creek Piano Guild Audition Center.
National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC)
The National Federation of Music Clubs was founded in 1898. It was chartered by the Congress of the United States and is the only music organization member of the United States. NFMC provides opportunities for music study and performance. Annual Junior Festivals are conducted to foster young musical talents.
The Junior Festival is held between February to May each year. Entrants play two pieces from memory before a Federation judge and receive a rating, certificate, and gold cup points which may be applied to a trophy award over a minimum of three-years’ participation. Students may earn 6 levels of gold cup trophies through high school studies. Categories are piano solo, piano duet, piano concerto, voice, strings, guitar, woodwinds, organ and brass.
Cambridge Federation of Music Club has been affiliated with Georgia and National Federation of Music Clubs since 2002. We offer piano solo, piano duet, piano concerto, vocal solo art song and musical theater, violin, viola and cello solo and concerto, and classical guitar solo categories. The festival is held on the 2nd and 3rd weekend in March each year.