Practice Competition Music – Whether You're Competitive or Not


Can you believe that the school year is already here? We can’t!

For many music students it’s never too early to begin thinking about what you would like to work on throughout the semester, your goals for the next few months, or even potential jury pieces. Often times professors will ask you to bring some ideas to initial lessons to help map out the semester’s plan of attack.

Searching through thousands of solo pieces can be a time-consuming and frustrating task. You may be asking yourself “ Where do I start!?” “How do I know which pieces I should be looking for?” “Which pieces would benefit me the most?” We suggest researching and looking into upcoming competitions and festivals for some standard rep lists. These will give you some ideas of the most important pieces and etudes for your instrument.

One of the largest competitions coming up is the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival. The Falcone Festival is held over a four-day period each summer and has been housed since its inception at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, Michigan. In addition to the competition aspect of the Festival, participants are offered the opportunity to attend master classes and recitals provided by internationally recognized euphonium/tuba artists.

Not only are the pieces and etudes included in the 2016 Required List available here through Just for Brass, but several are published and printed on demand here in our store so we never run out of stock.

Other well-known competitions can be found through many performing arts and music education organizations. Check the “Competitions” tab at to learn about the International Clarinet Association’s competitions, or for information on the Fischoff National Chamber Music Association competition. If you’re a trumpet player check out the National Trumpet Competition, with application recordings due by December 15.

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