Information & Interpretations


2021-22 Music Classifications
6A-32, 5A-32, 4A-56, 3A-64, 2A-64, 1A-106

2021-22 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.
  • 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.
  • If the piano or non-piano accompanist(s) of a First Division rated solist or ensemble desires a medal, it may be purchased from the KSHSAA at $2.25 each.
  • (Additional) Paid Instructors – Any coach and/or sponsor that works with students should be paid by a school district and/or school supplemental with a signed school contract. These payments must be made from a school activities or USD supplemental fund account. Booster Clubs should never directly pay coaches and/or sponsors for these duties. Booster Clubs may contribute money to a school activity fund which then makes the direct payment to the coach/sponsor. KSHSAA Handbook Rule 10 – Qualifications of Coaches, Directors and Rule 20 – Awards are to safeguard students, directors and schools and should help schools with compliance of IRS school regulations.

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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 the 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 29 until October 30. Instructions for how to log on and view the online meeting will be mailed to Athletic Directors by the beginning of August along with the Music manual. Schools with coaches failing to complete the online meeting by October 30 will be subject to a $100 fine and their school will be listed in the Activities Journal


  1. NFHS “Introduction to Music Adjudication.”
    Link to course:

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Student Participation
KSHSAA Handbook, Rule 46 – Music
Section 1, Art. 2: General Regulations (apply to grades 7-12) - See page 7 of the 2022-23 KSHSAA Music Manual
Finance – see page 20

Music Fees

Regional & State Soloists

Piano - $15 per entry
Vocal and/or Instrumental Solo - $12 per entry

Regional & State Small Ensembles

3-6 Members - $23
7-12 Members - $29
13-24 Members - $40

State Large Groups

Up to 50 Members - $75
51-100 Members - $90
Over 100 Members – 100