Music Day

Gwinnett County Music Day

The Gwinnett County Music Teachers Association sponsors a Music Day festival every November. The purpose of this festival is to encourage study and to provide an opportunity for students to perform and receive an evaluation of their performance and cash awards. Proceeds from Music Day are used to provide funds for scholarships and to support the budget.


Application Deadline: Submitted online by Saturday, October 1, 2022

Registration Fee Postmark Deadline: Friday, October 7, 2022

In-Person Performance Date: Saturday, November 12, 2022

Virtual Performance Submission Deadline: Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Mail checks/payment to Kathy Dawal, 1735 Fort Daniels Trail, Dacula, GA 30019-4888.

Entry Fee: $22.00 per student $10.00 each additional instrument

Lunch: Click here to order

Lunch for Music Day will be box subs/wraps or salads provided by Publix.

In accordance with MTNA guidelines regarding COVID, all lunches will be individually boxed and packaged. The box lunch includes a half Publix sub sandwich or wrap, a bag of chips, 2 cookies, and drink. The cost is $9.00. The box salad is Strawberry Glazed Pecan (leafy greens, strawberries, pecans, feta cheese, and brown sugar Balsamic Vinaigrette on the side) which includes an apple, a bag of chips, and a drink. The cost is $12.00.

Please make your selection on mail a check to Michelle Peck at 2669 Snowshoe Bend, Bethlehem, GA 30620. Please make your check payable to Michelle Peck. The deadline for ordering and
mailing your check is Tuesday, November 1st, 2022.

Registration: Click here

The 2022 GCMTA Music Day will be a hybrid event. Teachers and students may choose an in-person option or virtual option when registering for the festival.

Registration is the same for all students. Teachers will register individual students on our online registration form. You must select either virtual or in-person for each student. You may put students in either category. It is an individual choice, not a studio choice. Registration fees are the same for in-person and virtual performance.

You will receive an emailed registration receipt for each individual student. You must keep this receipt until November 12. You may use the Edit link on the receipt to make any changes to your registration up until registration closes, October 1, 2022. Make sure that you have a receipt for each student registered. If you do not, after checking your spam/junk file, contact Kathy Dawal.

The week of the Festival: If a student has been exposed to, is in quarantine, or has Covid-19, and is scheduled for in-person performance, they may request to switch to Virtual Performance. The teacher should contact the Festival Chair to make arrangements.

In-Person Instructions

Students should bring their filled in Rating Sheet and their music, with measures numbered with them to the event. Please observe current CDC and MTNA guidelines and wear masks and practice hand hygiene and social distancing when indoors.
Links to current guidelines:

Virtual Instructions

Students should upload a video of each of their pieces separately to YouTube and provide a link to each piece to their teacher. Each teacher should edit the virtual registration for individual students, adding the performance link, upload a pdf copy of the printed music for each piece, and a completed Rating sheet. Each file will have a space for adding the link on the original registration.


No specific naming format is required.

Required materials should be labeled following the example below:

Jane Doe, a fourth grader, is playing Moonbeam Waltz by Martha Mier and Allegretto by Gurlitt.
Video titles:

  • 4_Doe_Jane_Mier_Moonbeam Waltz.mp4
  • 4_Doe_Jane_Gurlitt_Allegretto.mp4

Comment & Rating Sheet title:

  • 4_Doe_Jane.pdf

PDF sheet music titles:

  • 4_Doe_Jane_Mier_Moonbeam Waltz.pdf
  • 4_Doe_Jane_Gurlitt_Allegretto.pdf

All submitted materials will be forwarded to the judges, who will evaluate the performances and make their decisions by November 13, 2022.

General Comments

All rating sheets, certificates and prizes for both in-person and virtual performances will be included in the teacher file available at the in-person event at the end of Music Day. Please make private arrangements to pick up your folder if you cannot be at the event at the end of the day.

Time Limits

Please note: Time limits have been set for each grade. Please make sure that the playing time for both pieces combined does not exceed these limits.

K-3rd grade: 5 minutes
4th-5th grade: 8 minutes
6th-7th grade: 10 minutes
8th grade: 12 minutes
9th-12th grade: 15 minutes

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask! Please contact Cathy Thacker or Kathy Dawal.