The MLC board has made the decision to delay the competition to FRIDAY, APRIL 30. Since the competition has been moved to April, we are also re-opening registration until March 1st to give new or additional teams the opportunity to register a team and compete in this year’s competition.
Celebrating its 34th 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 nationwide contest, students develop skills in active listening and critical analysis by learning to identify composers, cultures, periods and styles. The contest is open to high school students, 9-12th grade, from public, private, home schools, or music studios. Students form teams of three; participants receive a study guide and access to the MLC Playlist that contains all the musical selections they will need to compete effectively. As this year's Music Listening Competition has been moved to Friday, April 30th, we are reopening registration until March 1, 2021 to give new or additional teams the opportunity to register and compete in this year's online competition.
Registration fee: $99 per team (three students per team) - includes a study guide in electronic format (pdf), practice test, and subscriptions to Naxos Music Library to access the MLC Playlist.
Each team receives:
Teams may register via mail (check payment) or online (credit card or PayPal payment). Study Guides are emailed immediately to registered and paid teams.
NOTE: When registering, coaches are asked to provide the number of teams only; student names are not requested until December.
2020-2021 Dates and Deadlines
September 1, 2020
Monday, March 1, 2021
Friday, March 26, 2021
Links and Instructions Available
Friday, April 30, 2021
Virtual National Championship
Each coach and student participant receives 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 over 2,173,900 tracks plus educational resources that can be accessed anytime, anywhere.
The NML hosts our MLC playlist with the pieces from this year's Study Guide. Each selection is the complete work, with no narration or commentary. These tracks may be downloaded for offline listening.
NML access information will be provided upon MLC registration. Visit www.naxosmusiclibrary.com for more information about Naxos Music Library.