AKTA 2021 
In-person and/or Virtual

Piano Adjudications

These adjudications are available only to current



In-Person Adjudications

Ann Fernandez, Adjudicator 


About our 2021 In-Person Adjudications:  

IN-PERSON ADJUDICATIONS NOVEMBER 12-13:  We have asked Ann Fernandez, our very own wonderful teacher, to serve as our adjudicator.  Ann is a long-time Anchorage piano teacher and has served as an adjudicator many times at various festivals over the years.  (See attached bio).  We hope this will encourage more teachers to take advantage of this valuable educational experience. 


Anne will be available both Friday and Saturday from 9:00-5:00.  All adjudications will be held at St. John United Methodist Church – 1801 O’Malley Road.


  • Dates and Registration Information for In-Person Adjudications

  •  Registration forms are due by November 1st  

  • To help with the scheduling, list your preference of Friday or Saturday and morning or afternoon.  Let us know if you have no preference,  too.

  • To register click on this link:  



ABOUT IN-PERSON ADJUDICATIONS:  Teachers purchase blocks of time:

1.  Early Elementary through Elementary (15 minutes/$15)

2.  Late Elementary through Intermediate (25 minutes/$25)

3.  Late Intermediate through Advanced (35 minutes/$35)


During their adjudication time the students perform 2 pieces of contrasting style for an adjudicator to hear and write comments about.   One piece should be “recital-ready” and memorized, while the other piece should have all the notes and rhythms learned, but can be "in progress" and needing additional refinement.  The adjudicator works with the student at the piano during this mini-lesson and parents and interested parties are welcome to attend.   Teachers may want to group their early beginners (E1 and E2) in more of a class-like arrangement and these students only play one piece.  All students receive a ribbon for participation.  Adjudicators are chosen for their teaching skills, their musical and pianistic knowledge, and their ability to work with students in a positive and constructive manner. 


ABOUT Ann M. Fernandez, NCTM

Ann Fernandez is a long time member of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), and a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM). She started her career as an adjunct professor of music at Alaska Pacific University in 1981, teaching class piano to college students, as well as chairing and teaching for the Music Preparatory Department.


Ms. Fernandez established her personal piano studio in 1982, and has continued to teach in Anchorage, Alaska for 39 years. She has written several articles on teaching piano that were nationally published. Her first article, for the American Music Teacher, was one of the first written about teaching children with learning disabilities. Other articles appeared in the nationally published Keyboard Companion Magazine.

She has been active her entire career in MTNA, serving first at the Local level, the State level, the Northwest Division Level, and ending up on the National Board of Directors. Ms. Fernandez has also served as the Northwest Division Certification Commissioner, having been asked to grade teachers who have applied for National Certification.

Ms. Fernandez has adjudicated in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Sitka, and Dutch Harbor, Alaska. She is also an Examiner with the United States Music Certification Exams program, and recently had the opportunity to do Piano Exams online for Beijing, China. She has also had competition winners in piano performance at the local level, as well as State Composition Competition winners.


Virtual Adjudications

Craig Sale, Adjudicator












About our 2021 Virtual Adjudications:  

VIRTUAL ADJUDICATIONS:  We have asked Craig Sale (See bio below) in Arizona to adjudicate our virtual submissions.  You will remember Craig as our featured presenter at the 2018 AKTA/AMTA Conference.   Students will create videos of their performances which will then be sent to our adjudicator, who will then provide written comments. 



  • Dates and Registration Information for Virtual Adjudications

  • Registration forms are due by November 1st. 

  • To register click on this link:


  • Videos, PDFs of scores, and printed programs due Friday, November 13th 

  • Attach videos to an email to pianoakta@gmail.com 

  • FEES:  Calculate the number of students in each of the following levels and submit with registration. 


  1. Early Elementary through Elementary = $15

  2. Late Elementary through Intermediate = $25

  3. Late Intermediate through Advanced = $35

  4. Optional 15-minute Teacher Conference = $15



  1. Students prepare and video TWO pieces. One piece can be “in progress” with notes and rhythms learned but in need of additional refinement, while the other should be memorized and recital ready.

  2. Measures should be numbered at the beginning of each system.

  3. Further instructions regarding the videos, the programs, and the scores will be emailed once registration and fees have been submitted.

  4. To avoid any copyright issues, participating students will need an original score or, if the music is a purchased download, the “authorized for use” should be visible on both the PDF that goes to our adjudicator and in the student’s video. 

IMSLP scores that are in the Public Domain are allowed.  


In case you are wondering about copyright law regarding the sharing of PDF’s of music, we received the following clarification from MTNA:


It is legally acceptable to send a PDF to a judge if: 

  1. The student owns a legitimate print or digital copy, and

  2. The PDF scan is used only for the judge’s adjudication and is subsequently deleted. 

  3. At no point should the PDF be distributed to any other individuals.

About Craig Sale:  Craig Sale, of Tucson, AZ, is a pianist, teacher, workshop clinician, adjudicator, author, and editor. For thirty years he served as Director of the Preparatory and Community Piano Program at Concordia University Chicago, where he created a Certificate in Piano Pedagogy curriculum and taught the university courses in piano pedagogy.


Mr. Sale is Senior Editor for Piano Magazine and Director of Online Courses for the Frances Clark Center. He served as Associate Editor for Clavier Companion/Keyboard Companion since 2000. He is the editor for the highly praised book, The Success Factor in Piano Teaching by Elvina Pearce (Frances Clark Center), author of Piano Interval Workbook (Hal Leonard), and co-author of The Music Tree: Activities 3 and The Music Tree: Activities 4 (Alfred) He has presented master classes and workshops for piano teachers across the United States, including presentations at MTNA and the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy. In 2021, he was named an MTNA Foundation Fellow.


Mr. Sale holds a B. Mus. degree in piano performance from Northwestern University, a M. Mus. degree in piano performance from the University of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign, and a Professional Teaching Certificate from the New School for Music Study where he studied piano pedagogy with Frances Clark and Louise Goss.


Mr. Sale serves on the Board of Trustees for the Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy and is a member of Tucson Music Teachers Association, Arizona Music Teachers Association, and MTNA.


We are extremely excited to offer this opportunity to students across the State and hope you will make AKTA/AMTA Adjudications a part of your 2021-2022 teaching year.  Contact us if you have further questions.



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