University Graduate & Undergraduate Prizes

First Prize $1,000 each

Second Prize $500 each


High School

First Prize $500

Second Prize $250


Entries will be judged by nationally recognized scholars in the fields of music pedagogy and performance. Winning essays will be published in the CFMTA/FCAPM magazine and/or website. There is no fee to enter. Deadline: May 1, 2020

Application Guidelines

  1. The competition is open to Canadian residents
  2. Submissions will be considered from post-secondary (undergraduate and graduate) students in all disciplines studying full time at a Canadian university; and students currently attending high school.
  3. Entries must include a previously unpublished typed essay. Word lengths exclude footnotes and bibliographies. Length: Graduate level: 5,000 to 7,000 words (no thesis or capstone papers please); Undergraduate level: 2,500 to 5,000 words; High school: under 2500 words.
  4. Include a cover sheet with name, mailing address, phone number, e-mail address, and age. Post-secondary students, include school and major. Do not include identifying information in the document or in the references.
  5. Format and layout: printed on one side only, on white paper, pages numbered, with black font size 11 points.
  6. Entries will be accepted in English and French.
  7. If using references from academic sources, the complete reference must be included. Any academically acceptable referencing style may be used.
  8. Entries must be submitted by email as a pdf file.
  9. One entry per person.
  10. Entries will be judged in a blind review process by nationally recognized scholars in the field of music pedagogy and/or performance. Criteria will focus on originality, clear expression of ideas and understanding of subject.
  11. All entries become the property of the CFMTA. In addition to receiving cash scholarships, winning essays will be published on the CFMTA/FCAPM website.