NAfME Electronic Music Composition Contest

About the Contest

Sponsored by the National Association for Music Education, the Electronic Music Composition Contest recognizes outstanding compositions and is held to highlight the effectiveness of music technology in the school curriculum. Entries will be judged based on their aesthetic quality, use of electronic media, and the power of the composition and its presentation in communicating the excitement and effectiveness of electronic music composition in the school curriculum.

New this year, Collegiate members of NAfME are now invited to submit entries in this contest. 

Association member adjudicators will select a winner in each of the following categories:

K-8th, 9th-12th, and Collegiate.

The schools of the winners in each category will receive a one-year subscription to Soundation4Education courtesy of MusicFirstSoundation4Education is an online sequencing program that runs inside windows or mac browsers, with password protected access for teachers and students. It functions much like any popular sequencing program, allowing manipulation of over 1800 loops, audio editing, recording, mixing, effects and extensive MIDI features. It can be accessed from any computer 24/7, since it is cloud based and browser based.


  • Each entrant must be sponsored by an NAfME member teacher, or be a NAfME Collegiate member.
  • Compositions should be 5 minutes or less and should either be composed electronically or include electronic instruments (vocal and/or acoustic instruments may be combined with electronic instruments)
  • Entry fee $20

Contest Instructions and Entry Form



Congratulations to the winners in the 2013 NAfME Electronic Music Composition Contest:

Elementary – Colton Casto, “The Altitude”, TN, teacher, Kristy Weekley

Middle – Christine Hermann, “Crazy Space” Amityville, NY, teacher, Jolene Maccarone

Honorable Mention, Julian Black, “The Sky is Falling”, TX, teacher, Mark Wurtzel

High School – Tatsuya Tasaki, “Graveyard”  Greenwich, CT, teacher, Barbara Freedman

Honorable Mention, James Palmer, “Initiation”  Russell, PA, teacher, Mark Napolitan

View the 2012  Contest Winners

View the 2011 Winners
Visit the Winner Archive and listen to past compositions
Questions? Contact Susan Lambert, 800-336-3768, x225.

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