Collegiate Writing Contest

work 3015484 1920In the spring of 2017, Clavier Companion sponsored its seventh annual Collegiate Writing Contest, inviting college students from around the world to submit 1,500 word essays on a pedagogical topic of their choice. The esteemed panel of judges was comprised of professors Gail Berenson, Pamela Pike, and Suzanne Schons. We extend our congratulations to Hayden Coie, whose winning essay "The actual children's corner: making impressionistic music accessible to elementary and intermediate piano students" appears in the January/February print issue and online at this link:
https://www.claviercompanion.com/current-issue/the-actual-children-s-corner

We are pleased to publish two runner-up essays by Clara Boyett, and by Yee Wing Chan, here on our website. They can be accessed at the links below.
Clara Boyett: https://www.claviercompanion.com/current-issue/the-teacher-s-role-in-combating-anxiety
Yee Wing Chan: https://www.claviercompanion.com/current-issue/ironic-processes-of-mental-control

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. Clavier Companion is proud to provide them with an outlet for their ideas, and we will sponsor this contest again in 2018. The entry deadline for the 2018 contest is 11:59 pm Central Time on June 1, 2018. No late entries will be accepted.


2018 Rules and Submission Instructions

Eligibility  
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. Clavier Companion reserves the right to verify any entrant’s enrollment status. 

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

Submissions
  • 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 exceed1,500 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. Clavier Companion 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 Clavier Companion becomes the copyrighted property of Clavier Companion, 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.

Judging
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. 

Prizes
The grand prize will be publication in a future issue of Clavier Companion. There is no monetary prize or cash value. In addition, Clavier Companion reserves the right to award additional prizes of publication on the Clavier Companion website. Clavier Companion will not retain any rights to non-winning entries. 

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

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