Junior Music Festivals

Junior Music Festivals offer young music students the opportunity to perform in a friendly, relaxed and encouraging environment. They are held in various locations throughout Sydney and also Newcastle and Wollongong. They are open to students of both members and non-members of the MTA.

Instead of being divided into age groups, Junior Music Festivals are divided into sections by the grade/ability of the performer. This means that all participants have a chance to shine and even win prizes, even late beginners. Any recognised Exam board grading system is acceptable.

Trophy prizes are awarded in all sections, with all participants receiving a Certificate of Participation and a report from the adjudicator.  Entrants must be aged under 16 years of age as at 31 July. They may enter for more than one venue.  (See Entry Conditions for further details.)


NoviceBeginners to Preliminary
Elementary1st and 2nd Grade
Intermediate3rd and 4th Grade
Late Intermediate5th and 6th Grade
Advanced7th and 8th Grade
The Miriam Hyde Piano AwardBeginners to 8th Grade


Junior Music Festivals are usually held in the following places each year:

  • Burwood
  • Killara
  • Hills District
  • Northern Beaches
  • Sutherland
  • Newcastle
  • Wollongong

2022 Dates and venues

26/06/22 - Newcastle - Adamstown Uniting Church
07/08/22 - Killara - The Music Room, 131 Fiddens Wharf Road, Killara
11/09/22 - Hills District - Inala School, Castle Hill Road, Cherrybrook
16/10/22 - Northern Beaches - St Luke's Grammar School, Bayview
30/10/22 - Burwood - Woodstock Ballroom
12/11/22 - Wollongong - Wollongong Conservatorium
27/11/22 - Sutherland - Sutherland Uniting Church