Website Help (FAQs)
Where is such-and-such on the website?!
At the top of each web page you will see a list of the main categories. Most visitors will desire the pages under "Membership Resources;" hover over it and see the sub pages available. There is also a search box above and on the Home page.
When does the calendar of events come out?
The calendar has to get approved by the Board in May, then confirmed by the various venues, usually mid-summer. It will be emailed to membership, as well as available for download on the Calendar page.
How can I get calendar changes throughout the year?
The current link to the calendar is to a document that can be edited regularly, if needed. If you always look there, it will be up-to-date. Emails will also be sent out to notify of any changes to the calendar. It is imperative that you change your email with MTNA because DSMTA gets your contact info from there. Even if you have emailed from your new email, our list comes from MTNA, not previous emails.
Where do I find the forms I need for festivals?
Under Membership Resources, go to "Festival Forms." You can hold your "CTRL" button while pressing "F" on your keyboard to bring up a search field that will search the page for the document you want. Or find the category and browse.
Remember! 2018+ festivals will have online registration! While you COULD use the paper forms, if you do it online you will have all your info and students' info saved year-to-year. Imagine the time you will save yourself! Links will be posted once the system is live.
Where can I get the current festival rules?
You can download them and view them at Festival Guidelines.
What forms do I need for each festival?
You need the Festival Transmittal Form for every festival, except Theory. (The Theory Festival Transmittal is for that festival.) You also need the individual festival's application. Example, you are participating in the Piano Solo Festival in April. You need the Solo Piano Application (for each student) and the Transmittal Form.
Forms online do not need "transmittal" or "application" forms. You will need to submit a Volunteer Form for Solo Piano and Theory, which will also be an online submission.
Where do I send my forms?
Each year this changes as the Chairs change for each festival. Look in the Membership Directory for the Chair's address (the password has been sent to membership many times, so do a search in your emails if you are unsure.) The calendar also has addresses for applications on it.
The only exceptions are: "Activities Report" send to firstname.lastname@example.org ; "Reimbursement Form" send to DSMTA/Eric Benson
107 Worthy Down Ave, Bear DE 19701.
I can't get the forms to print or save!
You must download the forms and open them from your computer. It will ensure that the fill-in part works and saves correctly. Anything else will not save your work. You must DOWNLOAD them and save them to your computer hard drive before you begin working in them.
My form doesn't print on the backside!
To print on the backside of a page you either need to have a printer that prints double-sided (you choose it in the options) or you need to print the first page and then re-feed it back into your printer and print the second page. Or use a staple and don't worry about it.
How can I save time doing these forms?
Enter your teacher information only on the individual festival form. Then "save as" on your computer and name it "teacher data only". Now, enter in a student's info. Hit "save as" again and rename the file to the student's name. Open the "teacher data only" one again and do it again for another student! Bonus, if the kid doesn't move, next year you'll only need to change a couple lines.