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My son is a piano and voice student who's interested in trying out for some music competitions. Has anyone has heard of the Crescendo International Music Competition, or Little Mozarts? Have you participated? I'm trying to get a better sense of what it means to participate in these competitions. Any input is welcome!

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I presume that you have read through the Crescendo International Music Competition's website where much is explained. You might also post your query in the Piano Teachers' Forum of Piano World.

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Thanks for your response, BruceD. Yep, I read the site and I understand how to enter, etc. I was just hoping to hear some personal opinions of it. I'm not in the music world myself, so I am kind of in the dark...

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Hi,

I have heard of this one. Personally I would enter your son in this one rather than the American Protege piano competitions if you were also considering that, because I have read in some places that the American Protege is often thought of as a bit of a "pay-to-play" situation (although I am sure the winners must be quite good). If I remember correctly, both competitions have winners perform at the Weill or Zankel halls at Carnegie.

My experiences: I did not begin entering competition until I was about 14 years old. My main instrument was not piano until I switched at age 13 and entered a Pre-College conservatory program. However, I was very weak at my skills and received average score of B- on my final jury performance that year. Up until then, I had not faced any real challenges; the previous music lessons I'd had were far more relaxed than the competitive environment of a conservatory program. The following year, I became very serious about improving and increased my 1 hour practice to about 3 hours a day, as well as developing technique through scales, exercises, etc. Gradually I became a stronger player and just in the past year, I have gone from no competition wins to winning 25 of them (ranging from 3rd to 1st prize), many of them are international. The point of this is, I think at any age it is always possible to improve, so there should be no pressure to enter competitions starting at a given age.

My thoughts on piano competitions: I think piano competitions are great if you have a true passion for the instrument and wish to enter for the sake of sharing music with others. I know many people who have been entering competitions to put on their resume/applications, and I think music programs in particular will pay close attention to the exact competitions you enter. Best of luck!

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Perhaps it's not appropriate for me to add more to this discussion, knowing nothing about the program.

That said, if - and it's a big "if" - this is a competition based on winning, what is your son's interest in participating? Is it to gain experience in public performance or is it in the hopes of winning? How does he react to criticism - which can be severe in competitions?

I think these factors have to be taken into consideration before a young person enters into a competition. I don't know your son's age, his experience in public performance, nor how he reacts to criticism. These are factors that I am sure that you, as a parent, will have foremost in your mind and which should help guide him in the right direction.

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