Fun Fair

This event is for students of OMTA members only.

Fun Fair is an OMTA activity held each year in late January/early February emphasizing musical knowledge and skills. It is designed to encourage development of students of any age, length of study, and degree of advancement. There are 8 events that students can participate in: scales, chords, cadences, arpeggios, sight reading, ear training, theory, and performance. There is a 12-level progression for each event that corresponds to the level of difficulty. Students may enter any or all events. A student is entered at the same level of difficulty for all events in which he/she participates that year. Fun Fair is traditionally held at the UNO Strauss Performing Arts Center. and UNO’s Department of Music co-sponsors this event.

As a general rule, awards are given as follows:

  • The student receives a rosette if a student earns at least three 10s,
  • The student receives a special rosette if a student earns seven 10s and one 9.
  • The student receives a trophy if a student earns all eight 10s.

To be eligible for a rosette or trophy, students must participate in all 8 events.

Each session starts with an opening ceremony and ends with a closing awards ceremony. Ribbons are provided for students after completing the events and turning in his/her scorecard. At the closing ceremony, students who have earned rosettes or trophies receive their awards.

Teacher Requirements: All new teachers must attend Fun Fair Orientation. All teachers attend the packet assembly and judges meeting. This meeting is held approximately 2 weeks prior to the event. Teachers are required to work all day. This is to ensure there is full coverage for both sessions (AM & PM), regardless if the teacher’s students are only participating in 1 session.

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