Collegiate Writing Contest

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During late Spring 2018, The Piano Magazine held the eighth annual Collegiate Writing Contest. Collegiate students were invited to submit 1,500-word essays on a pedagogical topic of their choice. The winning essay is published in the print edition of The Piano Magazine. Undergraduate through graduate students, from institutions in the United States and Poland, submitted essays which were blind reviewed by a panel of pedagogy professors. Jessica Johnson, Chris Hahn, and Nan Baker Richerson evaluated the essays and unanimously chose the essay "Between the Lines: Lasting Lessons from the Studio" by Jessica L. Welsh. We thank the judges for donating their time and congratulate Jessica and all of the entrants on writing thought-provoking essays. The future of our field is bright. We hope that you enjoy the 2018 Collegiate Winning Essay printed in the January/February issue and online at this link:

We extend our congratulations to all of the entrants in a very strong field. Collegiate students are the teachers of tomorrow and the future leaders of our profession. The Piano Magazine is proud to provide them with an outlet for their ideas, and we will sponsor this contest again in 2019. The entry deadline for the 2019 contest is 11:59 pm Central Time on May 1, 2019. No late entries will be accepted.

2019 Rules and Submission Instructions

This contest is open to any college student enrolled at the time of the contest deadline in an accredited program of music study. Undergraduate and graduate students from any country in the world are eligible. The Piano Magazine reserves the right to verify any entrant’s enrollment status. 

There is no entry fee for the contest, and no purchase is necessary. There is a limit of one entry per contestant. 

  • Contestants must submit their entries electronically, as a single Microsoft word document, using the upload form below. The document should be double-spaced with 1-inch margins using Times New Roman, 12-point font. Submissions must be in English and must not exceed 1,500 words.
  • Students are free to write on any topic of their choosing that relates to the field of piano pedagogy.  All entries must be original works, and by entering the contestant affirms that the material submitted is original and has not been plagiarized in whole or in part from any outside source. Previously published material is ineligible. Any quotations or referenced data from existing sources must be properly cited.
  • Entries must include a cover sheet with the author’s name, mailing address, phone number, email address, university, degree program, and major professor. The Piano Magazine will not share this information with any party for any purpose. If chosen for print or digital publication, the author must supply original engravings of any musical examples used, created in either Finale or Sibelius.

Rights and Permissions
  • Any winning material that is published by The Piano Magazine becomes the copyrighted property of The Piano Magazine, which retains all rights for future use. Material may not be reprinted without written permission. Any non-winning and unpublished material will remain the copyrighted property of the author.
  • If the winning essay contains copyrighted musical excerpts, the author will be responsible for obtaining proper reprint permissions from the copyright holders before publication. If permission cannot be obtained for any musical excerpts, those excerpts will be omitted from the published version of the article.

Manuscripts will be reviewed by a panel of judges, who will evaluate submissions for content, originality, value to the profession, and writing style. All author information will be removed from manuscripts prior to judging. The decision of the judges is entirely their own and is final. 

The grand prize will be publication in a future issue of The Piano Magazine. There is no monetary prize or cash value. In addition, The Piano Magazinereserves the right to award additional prizes of publication on The Piano Magazinewebsite. The Piano Magazinewill not retain any rights to non-winning entries.

Any further questions may be directed to Dr. Pamela Pike, Editor-in-Chief at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

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