Alabama Music Teachers Association

Affiliated with Music Teachers National Association

MTNA Composition Competition

The MTNA Composition Competition is a three-tiered national competition, with Elementary, Junior, Senior and Young Artist levels. The winners/representatives of each state's competition advance to the division competition. Division winners compete in the national finals. The national winners have their compositions performed at the annual MTNA National Conference.


•    Students between the ages of 5 and 26, who live in Alabama, or who study with a teacher who is a member of the Alabama Music Teachers Association, are encouraged to apply.

•    The teacher’s MTNA active membership dues must be paid before submission of the student’s application. A $150 nonmember teacher fee will be assessed if entrant's teacher has not paid active membership dues for the current membership year.


•    Competition rules and registration can be found online at the Music Teachers National Association website. To access MTNA Composition Guidelines and to enter as a competitor, go to MTNA Composition Competition Guidelines.

•    Registration deadline is Wednesday, September 11, 2024, 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. There will be no exceptions.

•    To contact the State Composition Chair, email Lisa Higginbotham, NCTM at: