Publication and Creative Video Contests

TMTA SA Publication Contest

The purpose of the contest is to promote excellence in music research and publications.

Students pick one of two topics for their grade level (grades one through college) and write an essay designed to explore and analyze the topic in an original, engaging way. Each article is judged at the local level and then the selected articles are judged at the state level. Judges award “Winner” and “Outstanding” articles which are published in the TMTA SA Publication Contest Book. Winners receive certificates and cash awards.

Recent winners and articles

2020-2021 Publication Contest Topics

Publication Contest Tips


TMTA SA Creative Video Contest

The purpose of the contest is to promote the art of music through the medium of video. Students in grades 4-12 are eligible to enter.  Video Contest Topic for 2020-2021 Music and the Brain

Recent winners and videos


IMPORTANT:  All entries must be submitted to the state by your Local Publication Chair.  Procedures and deadlines for submitting to your local chair will vary by association. 

For more information or questions:

  • Students and parents: Contact your teacher.  If your teacher is unsure, contact your local association.
  • Teachers: Refer to the TMTA Handbook or contact your Local Publication Chair.
  • Local Publication Chairs: Contact the TMTA Office.


Information for Local Publication and Creative Video Contest Chairs

The 2021 Publication and Creative Video Contest deadlines have passed.  Results will be announced in March.