Publication and Video Essay 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.

2018 Publication Contest Book

2018-2019 Publication Contest Topics


TMTA SA Video Essay 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 2018-2019:  Music and Advertising


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.
  • Teachers: Refer to the TMTA Handbook or contact your Local Publication Chair.
  • Local Publication Chairs: Contact the TMTA Office Manager.

Publication Contest Information

Information for Local Publication and Video Essay Contest Chairs

The 2017-2018 Publication and Video Essay Contest deadline has passed.  Results will be sent to local chairs in late March.