Celebrating its 28th year, The Minnesota High School Music Listening Contest is an independent not-for-profit
competition providing an ideal opportunity to enrich students' experiences with classical, ethnic, and popular music in a fun and competitive environment.
In this statewide contest, students develop skills in active listening and critical analysis by learning to identify composers, cultures, periods and styles. The contest is open to all Minnesota high school students, 9-12th grade, from public, private, home schools, or music studios. During the fall, students form teams of three; participants receive a study guide and repertoire compact discs that contain all the musical selections they will need to compete effectively. All teams participate in regional competitions throughout the state in January; first- and second-place teams from each region advance to the Championship Competition in February.
The registration fee is $90 per team (3 student guides with one coach's guide per school/organization). Study Guides are 100 pages and each contains three repertoire CDs with narration. In addition, each student and coach receives a FREE one-year subscription to Naxos Music Library where they can access a playlist with entire pieces of the music featured in the Study Guide. Also, all participants will be given a FREE MLC T-shirt at the regional contest.
In addition, a practice test will be posted in December to help students prepare for the regional contests.
Teams may register via mail (check payment) or online (credit card or PayPal payment). Study Guides are mailed immediately to registered and paid teams.
2015-2016 Dates and Deadlines
Monday, September 7, 2015 - Registration begins
Friday, October 16, 2015 - Registration Deadline
Friday, October 25, 2015 - Kickoff Event, noon - 1 p.m. at McNally Smith (no charge)
Friday, January 22, 2016 – Regional Contests *
Friday, January 29, 2016 – Snow Date
Friday, January 29, 2016 -- Scholarship Essay Deadline
Friday, February 5, 2016 – Championship Contest
*The regional contests are held at eight different sites. Registered teams are assigned regions based on geographic locations (with consideration for a balance of school representation at each site). Each regional contest begins at 1 p.m. and is usually completed between 3:30 and 4 p.m. The top two regional teams from different schools advance to the Championship Competition.Teams scoring in the top 10 percent contest-wide from a school or organization not advancing to the Championship Contest may be invited to compete on Feb. 5. (Teams will be notified within three days after the regional contest.)
Naxos Subscription for Each Participant!
When you register for the MLC, each coach and student participant will receive a one-year membership to Naxos Music Library at no extra charge ($300/person value). NML is the most comprehensive collection of classical music available online, with nearly 982,000 tracks plus educational resources that can be accessed anytime, anywhere. When you log in to the NML site, you will see a playlist with the pieces from this year's Study Guide. Each selection is the complete work, with no narration or commentary.
We know that this resource will greatly enhance the MLC experience. In addition, coaches and students can use Naxos for their own personal enjoyment, in the classroom, or for other musical endeavors.
NML access information will be provided upon MLC registration. Visit www.naxosmusiclibrary.com for more information about Naxos Music Library.