AKTA 2020 Virtual

Piano Adjudications


Jennifer Merry, Adjudicator




These adjudications are available only to current

AMTA/AKTA members.


About our 2020 Adjudications:  

In light of the continuing threat from COVID-19, Anchorage Keyboard Teachers Association, in collaboration with Alaska Music Teachers Association (AMTA), is arranging for its annual November adjudications to be held using pre-recorded videos and have opened it to all members.  Students will create videos of their performances which will then be sent to our adjudicator, Jennifer Merry (see bio below) who will then provide written comments.  Many of you may remember Jennifer Merry when she came to both Anchorage and Fairbanks conferences with her husband, Bruce Berr. 


  1. Registration form and fees are due by Friday, October 23rd

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

  3. Register by clicking this link:



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

  1. Early Elementary through Elementary = $20

  2. Late Elementary through Intermediate = $30

  3. Late Intermediate through Advanced = $40

  4. Optional Teacher Conference (15 minutes) = $20



  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.

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 2020-2021 teaching year.  Contact us if you have further questions.


Marcia Stratman NCTM, AKTA Board


Cindy Epperson NCTM, AMTA President


Jennifer Merry
Jennifer Merry

Jennifer Merry, Adjudicator

Jennifer Merry is a pianist, singer and teacher who has taught music to students of all ages in diverse settings for over 30 years. In addition to offering piano and voice lessons in her home studio in Glenview, Illinois, she is on the faculty of the Northwestern University Music Academy, where she teaches private and group piano and Kindermusik classes.


Ms. Merry holds Master of Music degrees from Northwestern University in piano performance and pedagogy, and in music education. She has taught general and vocal music in public and private schools, directed the early childhood music program, Music Together of Glenview and has directed both youth and adult choirs. Ms. Merry has also accompanied singers, instrumentalists and choral groups. She currently sings alto in the Apollo Chorus of Chicago, the oldest musical organization in the city, which regularly presents concerts at various venues around Chicagoland.


 In addition to teaching and performing music, Ms. Merry is a published writer. She has reviewed new music for Clavier and American Music Teacher magazines, and has contributed articles to Keyboard Companion magazine. With her late husband Bruce Berr, she has been active in MTNA, ISMTA and NSMTA. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys drawing and painting, riding her bike and spending time with her dog and two cats.