Pageant 101: Custom Music


In both natural and glitz pageants, you might be given the option to use your own custom music for certain categories. The categories which allow custom music should be listed in the pageant rules, but if it isn’t, make sure to contact the director and ask.

What is custom music and why should I use it?

Custom music means you get to play whatever music you choose for your routine during that category. Whenever you have the option to use custom music, take advantage of it! It helps to further develop the theme of your routine and makes you stand out. Since your music will be unique, it can also add to your creativity/originality score.

Tips for custom music:

– Pay attention to the routine’s time limit in the rules. You music should always be cut and faded to that length of time or less.

– Be aware of the format the pageant wants you music to be handed in as. They want it emailed it, on an ipad or iphone, or on a CD. Also pay attention to how they want the music labelled too.

– Always have a back up plan! That moment your music doesn’t work can be heartbreaking. Always bring a back up CD, laptop, or mp3 player with your music on it, so you have multiple resources if your music doesn’t work. If you’re using a CD, always play it after you burn it to ensure that it works.

Music Mixes:

You’ll find that many pageant contestants go for music mixes when choosing their own music. A music mix is more than one song put together together to create your music.  You can also add in talking or sound effects. This helps to make your music choice more unique, as no one will have the exact music as you.

How do I get a music mix?

1) Pageant Music Mix Company – there’s several companies out there that do music mixes specifically for pageants. They often start at around $10 for something very simple. Something with more expertise needed can cost up to $35. Check out Pageant 411’s list of good music mix companies here.

2) Your Pageant Coach – Some pageant coaches can make music mixes and if not, they can often refer you to someone that they usually use.

3) Make One Yourself – Doing this takes practice, but it can be done. You’re best to use software like Wavepad, or if you have a Mac then use Garageband.

Now time to get grooving!


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