Rules and Regulations
1. The contest is open to all high school students in public, charter, private, and home schools in Minnesota and adjoining states.
2. Each team will be comprised of three members. Teams may designate an alternate if needed. Only one team per school or organization will be eligible to advance to the Championship Contest. Other teams scoring in the top 10 percent statewide may be invited to the Championship Contest. However, only one team per school or organization will be eligible to advance to the Championship Contest.
3. The format will consist of five (5) rounds:
Round 1 Identification of music samples by title and composer
Round 2 Answering stylistic, formal and historical questions about music samples (identification, multiple-choice, and fill-in-the-blank questions)
Round 3 Lightning round. Identification of 2-10 seconds of music by composer and title (choices listed)
Round 4 Multiple-choice and fill-in-the-blank questions based on information from the Study Guide
Round 5 Mystery round. Identification (composer & period) of music not included on the MLC Playlist but written by the same composers.
Music in Rounds 1, 2 and 3 will be from the MLC Playlist. The multiple choice questions in Round 4 will be taken from the Study Guide. Samples in Round 5 will have stylistic or formal traits similar to the compositions on the MLC Playlist.
Regional Level Scoring
At the regional level, the competition is scored as follows:
Round 1 - 10 listening samples/ 20 questions (composer & title) - 20 points
Round 2 - 5 or 6 listening samples/ 20 questions - 20 points
Round 3 - 20 listening samples/ 20 questions (composer & title) - 20 points
Round 4 - 20 multiple choice, true/false, fill-in-the-blank questions - 20 points
Round 5 - 10 mystery samples/ 20 questions (composer & period) - 20 points
The first five rounds of the Championship Competition is similar to the Regional Contest. After the five rounds of competition, the top two teams will participate in a College Bowl competition to determine the champion.
A. All answers will be objective. Answers should contain information found in the Study Guide.
B. Any question or disputes will be resolved by the judges. Teams have 15 minutes from the end of round five to raise questions regarding scoring.
C. The decisions of the judges is final.