UGM contests focus on the needs of the "everyday" music student. They are open to students of all ages and levels to motivate them in their musical studies. UGM Contests, are designed to nationally recognize your students with 3 months to twelve years of music study up to age 21. The contests are aimed at inspiring students to continue their music education, whether or not they intend on making music a career.
UGM Examination Program, will provide your students with an opportunity for performance in a noncompetitive atmosphere. Participating students will be supportively critiqued by a qualified adjudicator. Each student will receive recognition, while being offered incentive for practice and selection of challenging repertoire. The UGM examination program is offered periodically during the fall and winter months.
UGM's Music Theory Tests encourages all students to continue their music study and strive to achieve goals that will not only help them become better musicians, but also will enhance their love and appreciation of music. Students completing the program are rewarded for their achievement with a special UGM Plaque. UGM Theory Tests are offered at all UGM contests. All around points are given for participation.
UGM offers a three year course to students that offers an overview on what it is like to teach music. This course is designed to encourage students to become private music instructors after they complete their studies on their instrument. The Cadet Teachers Course is offered at the annual national UGM Convention. All around points are given for participation.
Convention Orchestra is offered at the national contest and is an excellent venue for your students to learn and perform with a group of their peers. Open to intermediate level students and above and for all instruments that are portable. The orchestra rehearses nightly at the national contest and performs at the grand awards banquet on the final day of the competition. Every student should participate in either the orchestra or choir. All around points are given for participation.
Convention Choir is offered at the national contest and is an excellent venue for your students to learn and perform with a group of their peers. Open to all students, this event is primarily for students who do not have a portable instrument to bring, such as piano. The choir rehearses nightly at the national contest and performs at the awards on the second to last day of the competition. Every student should participate in either the orchestra or choir. All around points are given for participation.
Awards & Grants
Many opportunities exist for students to win several established cash awards at the national contest only. More info
All students who participate in the national contest are entered in the all around competition. Students earn top honors in this contest. More info
The UGM awards grants annually to students who show need so they may participate in UGM contests.