Information & Interpretations


2019-20 Music Classifications
6A-32, 5A-32, 4A-56, 3A-64, 2A-64, 1A-106

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2019-20 Section 8, Accompanists
Sec. 8. Accompanists—Piano accompanists are important to the musical performance; however, adjudicators have been directed to use discretion in ratings when accompanists do not measure up to the soloist or ensemble. The soloist or ensemble is the primary focus of criticism and rating in any performance. An accompanist is required for all solos or ensembles published with accompaniment at regional and state solo and small ensemble festivals.

Piano accompanists need not be students, but we have many talented student pianists in Kansas. We encourage directors to utilize student accompanists when available and appropriate.

  • All accompaniments must be performed as written in order to receive a "I" rating.
  • In string or percussion ensembles, the pianist is a member of the ensemble and will be rated and critiqued accordingly. The pianist must be an eligible student.
  • Piano and other instrumental accompanists for groups may be eligible students or adult musicians of the director's choice. Instrumental accompaniment shall not be considered part of the ensemble and should not influence the judging of the choral performance.
  • Piano accompanists may serve, whether connected with the school or not. Each school must have a sufficient number of accompanists so that events will not be delayed. The same accompanist may not be used at two different music festival sites on the same day. In order to support our festival host site managers with entry scheduling, it is strongly recommended accompanists limit their events to less than 12. No accompanist may play for more than 22 events. There is no charge for piano or non-piano accompanists of vocal or instrumental entries.

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Intelligent Accompaniments (e.g., Smart Music)
Page 12 of the 2019-20 Music Manual states the following about the use of Intelligent Accompaniments.

    Intelligent accompaniments (e.g., SmartMusic) will be allowed for solo performances only when a qualified accompanist is not available. Schools shall bring their own equipment to be used at the festivals, and the scheduled performance time limit must include setting up and taking down equipment. The intelligent accompaniment unit must be set on the interactive mode for all performances and the intelligent accompaniment must follow the performer. It must be used as piano accompaniment only and is not to be used in orchestral or any other accompaniment modes. Non-interactive accompaniment recording, such as CD or MIDI, etc., will not be allowed. Intelligent accompaniments should only be utilized as a last option when a qualified accompanist is not available. KMEA and their affiliate organizations will assist directors by offering clinic sessions on intelligent accompaniments at their in-service workshop and summer conventions.

IMPORTANT: Please pay very close attention to the red portion of the rule. SmartMusic’s “Classic” version currently has the interactive mode (Follow Me) available. This must be turned on for Intelligent Accompaniments to be used for KSHSAA music festivals. SmartMusic has informed KMEA that they are in the process of phasing out their “Classic” version sometime after the 2017-2018 school year and are rapidly moving to the web-based version.

This new web-based version currently does not have the interactive mode (Follow Me) available. SmartMusic representatives have assured me that they will always have the interactive mode available, but as they transition from “Classic” to web-based, teachers using SmartMusic for KSHSAA music festival accompaniments will need to make sure they are purchasing the correct version that includes the interactive mode (Follow Me).

If you have any questions concerning SmartMusic please contact them directly at 866-240-4041. If you have any questions about the rule or its interpretation, please contact Craig Manteuffel at or 785-273-5329.

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Computer Access to KSHSAA Publications-Password
Music Directors need to see their activity director and ask for their School’s ID and Coach’s Password if they need to access a computer version of any school KSHSAA publication (ie. music manual or monthly activity journals). Once you get your ID and Password – go to KSHSAA home page and click on the “Schools” tab on top of page then click on “login”. Please note that every year at the end of July all Athletic Directors are mailed multiple published copies of the current year’s music manual to hand out to their music directors.

All high school music head directors are required to complete the KSHSAA online rules meeting each year beginning. The online meeting will be available for credit from August 31 until October 31. Instructions for how to log on and view the online meeting will be mailed to Athletic Directors by the first of August along with the Music manual. Schools with coaches failing to complete the online meeting by October 31 will be subject to a $100 fine and their school will be listed in the Activities Journal


  1. The online Music Adjudicator Training videos have been up and running since September 1, 2015. Thank you to KMEA for partnering with the KSHSAA to make this wonderful project a reality! Please contact Kathy or Craig to participate.
  2. NFHS “Introduction to Music Adjudication.”
    Link to course:

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Finance (page 20)
Although managers need not keep an elaborate set of books, it is necessary they be accurate and careful in handling the money involved. Festival managers should also be prepared to pay the adjudicators. Financial report forms will be mailed to the managers from the KSHSAA. Adjudicators are to be paid the announced honorarium ($225) per day. Starting in 2019-20 a $25.00 meal per diem will be added and NO MEAL RECEIPTS WILL BE REQUIRED. Piano adjudicators will be paid $112.50 for a 1/2 a day and $168.75 for 3/4 of a day. The KSHSAA will designate the adjudicators who are to receive mileage. Car pools will be arranged in order to cut down on travel expense and those who prefer to furnish their own transportation must do so at their own expense. It is recommended adjudicators be scheduled no longer than from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., with a 10-minute break each morning and afternoon. Adjudicators will receive a full day’s pay for a short schedule. KSHSAA feels they should be willing to work a few minutes extra to complete an event. If thirty (30) minutes or more are required, overtime at the rate of $25 per hour or portion thereof will be paid by the festival manager. The host school of the regional and state music festivals will receive 40% of the net receipts for “local expenses,” plus all penalties for late entries. “Local expenses” apply to such items as piano tuning, postage, telephone calls, and refreshments for directors’ and/or adjudicators’ lounge and meals for persons helping with the festival, other than judges. Lunch will be provided by the host school the day of the festival for ONLY adjudicators and KSHSAA will pay $8.00 per meal. Adjudicator hotel rooms will be reserved and paid for by the host site and will ONLY be reserved if the adjudicator’s trip is over 75 miles from their home address to the music festival site address.

Fees (pages 26-27)
Piano entries will be $15.00 per entry for all regional and state festivals.

The cost of all instrumental and vocal solos at regional & state solo & small ensemble festivals will be $12.00 per solo

All instrumental and vocal ensembles at regional & state solo and small ensemble festivals are divided into three sizes: small, medium and large. The number of members allowed in each size ensemble differs, as does the price of each ensemble: Small instrumental ensembles (3-6 members) $23.00, medium instrumental ensembles (7-12 members) $29.00, large instrumental ensembles (13-24 members) $40.00.

Fees for Large Groups at State Music Festivals: up to 50 students is $75, 51 to 100 students is $90, over 100 students is $100