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Certificate of Merit®
The Music Teachers’ Association of California® sponsors the music study program Certificate of Merit® (CM). The program provides a standard of curriculum that requires students to strive for focused musical excellence in performance, technique, ear training, sight reading/singing, and music theory.
Initiated in 1933, the annual statewide program involves approximately 30,000 students in piano, violin, cello, viola, flute, French horn, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, baritone/euphonium horn, voice, and harp. Students benefit tremendously from this educational opportunity.
2020-2021 Certificate of Merit program will be held virtually.
Find out more on the teacher's portal.
EVALUATIONS & AWARDS
Students participate in an annual Evaluation between mid-February and April and receive a written musical performance assessment.
Students complete a written theory exam which includes an ear training component.
Upon successful completion of the Evaluation, students receive an official MTAC CM Certificate for their level.
Senior medallions are awarded to eligible high school seniors.
Students demonstrating exceptional skill at his/her Evaluation may be selected to perform at annual MTAC State Convention Recitals.
Students must be age 5 or older by October 31 to participate.
Teachers register their students in the Fall; only MTAC teachers who have paid their membership dues by July 31 may participate in Certificate of Merit.