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"When Di Music Hit Yuh Feel No Pain”

The National Performing Arts Competition in Music is committed to honing the talents of budding musicians and singers across the island. For many participants, the exposure is such that, it has enabled them to make tremendous strides in the pursuit of their musical career. As such, the Competition is a factory that produces outstanding musicians and singers that are making a positive mark on the Jamaica’s musical landscape that transcends its geographic border.

The Competition features set goals of excellence in over 20 categories. These include:

Classical and Semi-Classical, All Wind Instrument (Trumpet, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone), All Wind Instrument Ensemble, Pan Music, Violin Solos, Classroom Instruments, Creative Music Making, Recorder Solo, Recorder Ensemble, Instrumental-Own Choice, Vocal Classical/Semi-Classical, Vocal (Spiritual, Gospel, Sacred Music, and Patriotic), Popular and Modern Music(Jamaican and other Composers), Jamaica Folk Singing (Mento Form), Jamaican Traditional Folk Singing ( Other Forms), West Indian Folk Singing (Group Singing), Creative Folk Singing, Songs from the Movies/ Theatre Music.

Drum Fest - Started in 2007, the Competition incorporates budding talented and professional drummers across the island. This event is normally held in February.

Each soloist/group is expected to prepare a three (3) minute presentation incorporating the elements listed below:
•Jamaican Traditional Rhythms
•Afro-Caribbean Rhythms
•Original Compositions

St. Jago High School, National Finals

Popular Band Competition- Formerly a category in the JCDC Music Competition, since 2008 is staged as a separate Competition. This event will enable the growth and development od local band music in Jamaica, Caribbean and World Rhythms.