2022 Patriot Challenge

Piano Skills Festival

UT Tyler School of Performing Arts

The Piano Skills Festival returns in 2022 in an all new one-weekend adventure February 25-26! Students will now complete the functional skills of sightreading, harmonization and technique along with one repertoire selection on the same day. Registration fee is $30 and registration deadline is January 20th.

The Patriot Challenge will also continue to be an online option that students can complete in regular lessons with teachers whether in-person or online. Use it to prepare for the in-person festival or just to keep your students motivated to learn important skills throughout the entire year. There is no registration fee-- just submit the completed worksheets for the appropriate award along with a photo of the student for a certificate and recognition on our department Facebook page and website.

Students may participate in both the Patriot Challenge and the Piano Skills Festival! All requirements and information are in the Piano Skills Festival Book 2022. Simply print the pages needed for each student's division level requirements and use the worksheets to help you and the student track progress.  Sightreading packets for each level are also provided for your convenience.

All new jazz divisions have been designed by Dr. Sarah Roberts and include online lead sheets and audio backing tracks! Students may perform with the backing tracks during adjudication and if chosen for the Outstanding Musicians Recital. This can be a great motivator and teachers not familiar with jazz can learn right along their students in this step-by-step curriculum. Students in jazz bands are encouraged to participate and do not have to be studying with a private teacher. Watch for tutorials to be uploaded soon in this exciting division!

The Patriot Challenge and Piano Skills Festival Descriptions and Flyer links can be used to help promote participation in your studio.  Please email any questions to vconway@uttyler.edu.