We at North Fulton School of Music believe learning should happen not only within the classroom but out in the real world. This is one of the main reasons why we provide performance opportunities to students as they can help students to grow as a musician. Performances help students to work on their stage presence and gives them an opportunity to perform for their friends, family, and other supportive musicians. It’s also a good opportunity to set some performance goals and have music performance ready. The more students perform, the easier it becomes to perform.
North Fulton School of Music offers various performance opportunities throughout the year. Among these opportunities are our seasonal recitals. We hold 4 major recitals a year and one advanced recital. Recitals are open to the public. Our recitals offer a chance for family and friends to come watch their students’ performances and we welcome the public to attend. The Advanced Recital is an annual event showcasing the top 5% of the North Fulton School of Music student body. Students are hand chosen by instructors of NFSM. Selections are also based on scores from the NFSM Practical Assessments of advanced students.
North Fulton School of Music participates in various community events throughout the year. These events offer our students opportunities to perform in public and use the skills they’ve learned in lessons out in the real world. We also put on and participate in recitals, festivals, and many other events throughout the year. North Fulton School of Music students have performed at Philips Arena, Turner Field, Red Clay Theater, Famous Pub, Pure Woodstock, Roswell Arts and Crafts festival, City of Alpharetta Christmas events, Milton Roundup, Menchie’s, Scoops, Cans Taqueria, Belly’s Pizza and other venues across the Atlanta metro area. Many of these performance opportunities are at no additional charge to students, and participants in live events are accompanied and managed by North Fulton School of Music staff.
North Fulton School of Music offers various performance opportunities throughout the year. Among these opportunities are our Open Mic events. Open Mics are designed to allow students to perform in a low-pressure, informal, and supportive environment . These performances help students gain valuable experience playing in front of an audience. Open Mics are the first steps for musicians who wish to become performing artists and even a great way for experienced musicians to try out new music or simply jam.
North Fulton School of Music offers yet another informal performance opportunity, this time tailored towards voice students. The Karaoke Events are held at local restaurants and venues and are very similar to the Open Mics in that this is an informal and low-stress performance opportunity for students. Unlike traditional Karaoke, no lyric machines will be present. Instead, students submit a backing/karaoke track to the office at least 3 days prior to the event. The student memorizes the lyrics and performs their song using the backing track they provided.
North Fulton School of Music offers a variety of assessment programs for students. These programs help students set and achieve goals as well as mark progress for each student. Students receive valuable feedback from having a third party adjudicator. Our assessment programs include the NFSM Theory Assessments, the NFSM Practical Assessments, the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) Theory and Practical Examinations, and the National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC) Annual Festival.
NFSM Theory Assessments
North Fulton School of Music offers internal assessment programs to help students mark progress and set goals. The Theory Assessments is a written music theory exam designed similar to the ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) exam. The Music Theory Exam was built by a group of North Fulton School of Music instructors who excel in music theory and have vast experience in preparing students for the ABRSM exams.
NFSM Practical Assessments
North Fulton School of Music offers internal assessment programs to help students mark progress, set goals, and receive constructive feedback to help their growth as developing musicians. Practical Assessment is offered once a year. Students register for the event, prepare two pieces to perform in front of a North Fulton School of Music judge, and receive scores on the performances. This helps the students grow as musicians and gain experience performing in front of a judge. The superior scoring students (score of 90% or above) receive trophies for their superior rating. Excellent scoring students (score of 80-90%) receive a medal for the excellent rating. All participating students receive a certificate of achievement. Awards are presented at our annual Advanced Recital.
The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) is the most popular music examination organization in the world. Each year, over 500,000 people worldwide take Associated Board Exams. North Fulton School of Music feels this is the most complete program offered in the world. It covers the following: Performance, Theory, Ear Training, Scales & Arpeggios, and sight-reading. Read more on their website at abrsm.org
North Fulton School of Music is a federated club under the Georgia Chapter of the National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC). NFMC holds annual festivals for music students. This assessment program is annually held in the months of February and March. Students memorize pieces to be performed in front of a judge and can receive certificates for superior scores. NFMC awards Superior Trophy Cups for students who earn three consecutive superior ratings.