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MTAC Certificate of Merit Teacher Training
July 31: MTAC dues must be paid to qualify for CM participation September 15: Registration Opens August 31: Last day to transfer to a different MTAC Branch for CM participation September 15: CM database opens for Registration November 15: Registration Closes - No exceptions November 16: CM fees are due to Branch Chair
January 2: Repertoire Entry begins. Branch Chair will announce deadline January 15: Deadline for Panel Repertoire Entry January 15: Deadline for Panel Applicants to revert to Non-Panel status March 15: Panel Applicants must have completed theory tests at their home Branch February 16-April 7: CM Evaluations
April 8: Theory tests may be returned to teachers April 15: Convention Application Deadline. No exceptions! April 15: Deadline to apply for MUPs, high school students only who have valid excuses
May 15: Deadline for MUPs to be completed May 31: Last day to report errors in student results in CM database June 1: Convention recital schedules posted online
April 16 th and August 31 st : Teachers may transfer to another Branch June 28-July 2: MTAC Convention, Santa Clara
Go to ◦ Log In with your username and password ◦ Click Edit Teacher Info ◦ Make necessary changes ◦ Click Submit
State Board: President, Vice Presidents, Treasurer, Secretaries, Directors ◦ Oversee all aspects of MTAC, including finances, State Office, all committees and programs State Office: Paid staff members ◦ Manage sales of items, contracts for paid work, collect dues, collect and distribute program fees, etc. CM Council: 21-member committee of volunteers ◦ Coordinate all non-financial aspects of the CM Program, including evaluations, test writing, Convention recitals, etc.
Parents ask Teacher Teacher asks Branch CM Chair Branch Chair asks CM Council member for program in question CM Council members ask CM Coordinator CM questions should not be directed to the State Office or State Board
After April 15, a teacher may communicate directly with a CM Council Recital Chair regarding a student’s Convention Performance.
Parent to Teacher ◦ Teacher can answer most parent questions ◦ Teacher knows the student’s history and details of problems Teacher to Chair ◦ Chairs know most answers ◦ Chairs need to know the problems teachers are facing State Office and State Board may not be able to assist you
Who May Enroll Students in CM? Only Individual Members in good standing with dues paid by July 31 st may enroll students in MTAC programs and these students MUST be their own students. The MTAC teacher must be the primary teacher of all students they enter. The primary teacher is one who personally teaches a student for 75% of lessons.
Members who enroll students on another teacher's behalf risk the following: Forfeiting the privilege of participating in Certificate of Merit and other MTAC programs Loss of membership Student teachers in your studio must be members Each teacher at a school who enters students in CM must be a member
Membership and Dues Deadline New members must apply for membership by July 31 st to be eligible for CM participation. Current members’ dues must be paid by July 31 st in order to participate in CM.
Teachers who pay dues after July 31 st and pay the reinstatement fee are not eligible for CM for that year. Teachers who transfer to another branch must complete the transfer between April 16 th and August 31 st. Complete dues, membership and transfer information is available at
Use the Correct Syllabus Piano: 2012 Edition (New!) Voice: 2011 Edition Strings: 2012 Edition (New!) Winds: 2011 Edition Harp: 2011 Edition Order from MTAC State Office or online at
Download corrections and updates for your syllabus at mtac.org Write corrections into your syllabus
Students are enrolled at Branch Chair has your username and password Student’s school grade and birth date are needed
Students must be age 5 or older as of November 15 th (registration deadline date) to participate in CM.
Path B has been eliminated Certificate of Merit Path A is now simply called Certificate of Merit
Teachers may still use the CM Curriculum for their non CM students Teachers may set up their own in- studio evaluations for non CM students, but may not call it “Certificate of Merit” No certificates will be issued by MTAC
Number of participants in Path B has been declining Parents did not understand the difference between Path A and Path B, which resulted in confusion.
Some Branches used Path B to decrease the number of Path A students which caused unfairness across the state by not allowing the benefits of Path A to all students, such as Convention Recitals. Colleges and universities desire transparency about the achievements of students who participate in Certificate of Merit when listed on college applications, and the parallel existence of Path A and Path B reduced transparency.
Outside organizations have attempted to replicate large portions of the CM program from previous Path B materials, in conflict with copyright and trademark laws.
Log-in to your Teacher Home Page Select CM Students For new students, select “New Student Registration” Answer the questions about prior CM participation For returning students, even if they skipped one or more years of CM, select “Re-enroll Students”
Returning students who do not appear on a teachers’ Re-enroll list can be “recalled” by teachers The procedure is linked to 3 questions that appear when you click “New Student Registration”
Make sure the instrument is correct Enter or update all requested information. Levels do not change automatically; you must enter the new CM Level. ◦ Student name ◦ CM Level ◦ School Grade ◦ Birthdate (get info from parents) ◦ Parent address (for Panel only) ◦ Panel or YAG (if applicable) ◦ Senior Award (if applicable) ◦ Theory exemption (if applicable) Registering Your Students
After you register a student and select “submit,” you will see a confirmation page. Check to see that all information is correct: Student Name Student I.D. number Instrument CM Level School Grade Panel (if applicable) Senior Award (if applicable) Theory Exemption (if applicable)
Select “Confirm” if information is correct, or “Update Student Information” if incorrect You are responsible for student registration information, so check carefully
Remain at Level Remain at Level (RAL) is for students clearly not ready for the evaluation, or who receive an Automatic RAL Overall poor performance: insecure, inaccurate, and unmusical
Students who receive RAL or fail the written theory test will not be allowed to proceed to the next level until they pass the same level.
If a student does not participate in CM for one or more years after receiving RAL or failing theory, he or she still must take the same level again and pass before proceeding.
Once the student passes the failed level, he or she may skip one or more levels.
Automatic Remain at Level Sight Reading: Refuses to Attempt (legally blind students exempt) Technique: None prepared or cannot play without notation Piano Students: Required Advanced Level Etude Not Memorized
Required number of pieces not correct Memory requirement not met Any student who brings a photocopy to evaluations or brings music reproduced from a CD or the Internet without an authorized logo or source will not be heard by an evaluator and will receive an automatic remain at level.
Evaluators reported many students who were unprepared for evaluations, playing music that was too difficult for them, or pieces far below level Some parents want to push their children through the CM program at an unrealistic pace RAL restrictions give teachers a strong reason to place students in a level that is appropriate and in which they can succeed
Ineligible for Certificate Ineligible for Certificate is given to students who give a proficient evaluation, but who have non-performance related issues. Students who receive Ineligible for Certificate may advance to the next level. IC does not affect Senior Award or Panel eligibility. Students who receive IC are not eligible for Branch Honors or Convention recitals.
◦ Incorrect repertoire categories, incorrect syllabus piece or no syllabus piece ◦ Played technique from incorrect syllabus ◦ Piano Advanced Level Etude not from Etude list as provided in the Piano Syllabus ◦ Performing any unacceptable repertoire
CM has specific rules and guidelines just like any evaluation program or competition. These guidelines give the program credibility and make it well-rounded. Students should not be penalized with Remain at Level for a teacher error. IC allows for the student to continue to progress in CM, but also creates a consequence for not adhering to the program’s guidelines.
In addition to receiving the required Evaluation ratings and theory score, in order to be eligible for Branch Honors or Convention Recitals, students must: ◦ Provide original music scores for the Evaluator, including a second original score if the piece is not memorized (and a third original score for a live accompanist, if applicable)
Play the pieces that are listed on the Evaluation Report Form Provide a translation of the Title and Composer for music published in a non-Romanized language (Romanized languages use the English alphabet; this allows evaluators to determine that the music is eligible for CM, that the student has music from each of the required CM categories, and that the music matches the Evaluation Report Form.)
Beginning on January 2, go to mtac.org and enter your students’ repertoire Your Branch Chair will set the deadline for completion Evaluation Report Forms are generated from this information Students must play the music that is listed on the form
Check information carefully ◦ Syllabus piece is from the correct Level ◦ All category requirements are met ◦ Correct number of pieces Apply for Branch Honors and Convention Recital consideration
Make sure proper CM requirements are met: Correct number of pieces Correct CM Categories Composers – check in the back of syllabus for correct category (may differ from repertoire books) Memory requirements All repertoire is at the student’s CM Level or above
Check your syllabus for acceptable and unacceptable repertoire
“Permitted Repertoire” is defined as original compositions written specifically for the instrument being evaluated, and any repertoire listed in the applicable discipline Syllabus.
Repeats are not recommended D.S. and D.C. al fine sections may be performed
Check your syllabus for allowable transcriptions and arrangements Rules vary for different instruments
Keep length of evaluation in mind Multiple movements not allowed for Convention Festival Recitals or Convention New Materials Recitals Multiple movements OK for Theme and Ensemble Recitals
Evaluators will hear only one movement of a Suite. Exception: Student may prepare more than one movement of a Suite if applying for Convention Theme or Ensemble Recitals
For longer works, prepare enough variations to demonstrate the student’s abilities and show the varied characters, such as the theme, two or three variations, and the finale. Evaluators will hear only the variations the student has prepared.
Prepare only one movement
Prepare either the Prelude or the Fugue, not both Exception: Piano Panel students may play both the Prelude and Fugue
If in doubt whether a piece will qualify for CM, don’t use it! Begin repertoire early Select repertoire that is within reach of the student’s abilities Consider the length of evaluation when selecting repertoire Help the student choose repertoire that he or she will enjoy practicing
CM Council cannot answer each specific repertoire question. Save questionable music for a studio recital or other performance. When in doubt, do not use the piece for CM. The piece may or may not be appropriate for CM evaluations, but it is not worth the risk of getting an IC.
If an evaluator recommends your student for a Convention Recital, you must go online and apply for the Convention Recital April 15 is the deadline for application – no late applications are accepted Convention Application Fee is due at this time
Convention Application Fee ◦ $20 Convention Application Fee is payable online by credit card at the time of Convention Application ◦ Convention Applications may not be sent to the State Office or given to the Branch Chair; online applications only
Important: Check your Student List to make sure all payments have gone through. An “F” will be next to the student’s name if the application is complete.
Convention Festival Recitals feature repertoire from the Syllabus at the student's registered Level. Convention Theme Recitals feature musical literature of a special theme or topic chosen in advance by MTAC Theme: Latin Music by composer or style Convention New Materials Recitals feature music that has been newly published in the last 10 years (Recent reprints of older compositions are not eligible.)
Ensemble Recitals feature repertoire written for two or more students performing together. Music for Ensemble need not be memorized. The ensemble piece will be a part of the student’s CM repertoire. All students in the ensemble must be registered in CM. Senior Award: Given to graduating high school seniors who have successfully passed all segments of their CM Evaluations at CM Level 7 or higher, in any three years during high school, one of which must be the Senior year.
Branch Honors: The affiliated Branches of MTAC may attach local Branch Honors programs to CM Evaluations. The criteria for Branch Honors consideration is set by each Branch.
◦ All pieces do not have to be memorized ◦ Students will pass the evaluation even if they receive average on all segments ◦ Convention and Branch Honors are for higher than average students Certificate of Merit is for the Typical Student
Coach students on what to wear to evaluations ◦ No flip flops or insecure sandals that can inhibit pedaling ◦ Avoid short skirts, tight shoulders, low cut tops that can inhibit playing ◦ Avoid being too casual – this is a performance ◦ Dress to impress the evaluator
Remind students to warm up at home. Practice rooms are not available at evaluations. Remind parents that they are not allowed in the evaluation area, and that their children will be escorted to evaluation rooms, restrooms, etc.
Do not allow your student to go to evaluations with a photocopy!! Some students and their parents do not know this is illegal. It will result in an automatic Remain at Level. Make sure parents know that no photocopies are allowed. Some students don’t feel comfortable with their memory and make a copy “just in case.”
If a student does not have all the pieces memorized, a second original score must be provided for the evaluator. Failure to do so will result in disqualification from Branch Honors and Convention Recitals.
Make sure young students (Levels Prep-2) know that their music score will be with the evaluator during evaluations, not on the piano
All students in any ensemble must be enrolled in CM (no parents, teachers, or non CM friends).
Piano, Winds, Strings and Harp students in school grades 9 and above who achieve 90% or higher on the Advanced Level theory test are exempt from taking the theory test in future years Voice students must take the theory test every year
Parents must stay in the parent area – they are not allowed to watch evaluations through the window or enter the testing area (This is CM Policy; violations could lead to disqualification.) Teachers who are not working at evaluations may not be in the evaluation area – no peeking through doors or windows.
Theme Recital Theme for Latin and Spanish Music, by composer or style ◦ Level 3 – Advanced, solos only ◦ 7 minute time limit ◦ Recitals may feature students from different instruments
Make-Up Evaluations MUP’s are for high school students only MUP’s must be completed by May 15 th, and results entered online by June 1 st MUP students do not qualify for Convention Valid reasons are illness, injury, or other extenuating circumstances. Not being prepared is not a valid reason. Students may not retake their CM Evaluation if they receive a RAL, or for any other reason. Contact your Branch Chair for MUP information. There is an additional fee.
After Evaluations After Evaluations Theory tests must remain with the CM Branch Chair until all testing is finished statewide. Please do not ask your chairs to give tests back early – this is a State requirement and a legal issue to prevent cheating and maintain fairness. Keep a photocopy of evaluation results and the front page of each student’s theory test
Log in to your teacher home page at and check the evaluation results for each student If you see a discrepancy, send a copy of the student’s Evaluation Report Form and/or complete theory test to the Branch Chair Database errors must be reported to your Branch Chair by May 31 st.
Panel Auditions For the highest level of Student – Artist Level 10 th grade or higher (piano, winds, voice, harp) 9 th grade or higher (strings) CM since 9 th Grade (Path A prior to 2013) Piano: Advanced Level
Regional Panel Auditions ◦ Regional Panel students are heard by two evaluators ◦ Complete information in Panel Auditions Guidelines at
Use to find answers to questions about membership and all other MTAC programs Use Login to find CM Newsletters, Forms, Policies, and other CM related information.
To find out how to become a CM Evaluator, login to and select the “CM Evaluators” link for information and an application
New format Layout allows use of dividers Ear Training Examples Four Repertoire Categories Transitional Composers allowed in two Categories
Membership Requirements for CM Participation Overview of Student Opportunities CM Policies and Procedures Information
Brief description of each CM Evaluation Segment ◦ Repertoire ◦ Theory ◦ Technique ◦ Sight-Reading ◦ Ear Training ◦ Optional Improvisation
Baroque: appx Classical: appx Romantic/Impressionism: appx 20 th /21 st Century: Composers born appx or after Broad Categories; not intended to represent precise historical periods
Certain Bach Concertos are acceptable for evaluations; other keyboard concertos not acceptable for evaluations Transcriptions acceptable if of the nature that would be acceptable for professional public performance
Pieces from Method “Lesson” or “Technique” Books ◦ Standard Repertoire in these books OK ◦ Pieces from Method “Solo” or “Repertoire” books OK Simplified arrangements of piano music Arrangements of works not for piano Orchestral reductions
Handy chart that lists information for each CM Level: ◦ Evaluation length ◦ Number of required pieces ◦ Category requirements ◦ Memory requirements
11 CM Levels: Preparatory through Advanced Students may skip or repeat levels as needed CM is designed for the typical student Passing Level 7 in the senior year of high school is considered a successful accomplishment
Information on: ◦ Student Registration ◦ Repertoire Entry ◦ Convention Registration ◦ Change of Teacher
Information on: ◦ Branch Honors ◦ Convention Recitals ◦ Senior Award
Read the Panel Auditions Guidelines at Three programs: ◦ Panel Honors Recitals ◦ Master Class ◦ Young Artist Guild Certain school grades and past CM participation apply
Charts for each segment of the Performance Evaluation and how the ratings are determined Four segments: ◦ Repertoire = 2 segments (50%) ◦ Technique = 1 segment (25%) ◦ Sight Reading = 1 segment (25%) 2 weak segments (50%) = RAL
Rated as Excellent, Good, Average or Weak Repertoire is worth 50% of the score Weak repertoire rating results in RAL
Students may not use notation, must be memorized Inability to execute one element will reduce the rating, for example: ◦ One scale ◦ One chord progression ◦ Not using pedal on chord progressions when required
Inability to play an entire category (for example, student plays no chord progressions) results in an Incomplete rating, equal to weak for overall score Inability to execute all elements within the time limit will reduce the rating Ratings: Excellent, Good, Average, Weak, Incomplete
Rated Excellent, Good, Average, Weak, Incomplete Preview time: ◦ Levels Prep-7: 30 seconds ◦ Levels 8-Advanced: 45 seconds Students may place hands on piano and shadow play during preview time Counting aloud is allowed Starting in wrong octave will reduce the rating in Levels 3 and above
Automatic Remain at Level list Ineligible for Certificate list Disqualification from Branch Honors or Convention Recitals list Check CM Policies and Procedures for possible changes
Technique, Ear Training & Vocabulary Guides (p.19)
Charts include complete technique that can be taught throughout the year Recommended Curriculum will not be tested at CM Evalutations
Required Technique Charts for CM Evaluation ◦ Technique is almost identical to 2007 syllabus Level 7: Whole Tone Scale = 2 octaves instead of 1 Level 8 and 9: Modes and Whole Tone Scales = 2 octaves instead of 1
Notated examples of required technique ◦ Not all technique is included ◦ Examples are intended to show the style of each technique element ◦ Complete technique books can be purchased from the MTAC Store or State Office
Recommended fingerings for all Major and minor scales, modes and arpeggios Optional Universal Scale Fingerings that keep thumbs together
Examples of how ear training examples are presented to the students ◦ Includes narration and musical examples Examples are not identical to the ear training tests
Definitions of theory terms and symbols ◦ All Levels in one place
Important information on how test answers should be written by students ◦ Major/minor ◦ Intervals ◦ Scales ◦ Figured bass symbols ◦ Roman numerals (lines are required!) ◦ Counting
Chart listing the basic musical elements used to determine the CM Level Use this chart to help determine the level of non-syllabus pieces
MTAC Commissioned works that may be used for evaluations Each solo piano piece is listed on the Repertoire List for its appropriate CM Level
Required Technique Charts Theory Requirements Ear Training Requirements Sight Reading Requirements Optional Improvisation
Technique must be memorized Student will see this chart at evaluations Students may not use notation at evaluations
Page 66, Level 3 Terms: Add the term dolce Page 67, Level 4 Tonality, Intervals: Should be Perfect, Major and minor (not just Perfect and Major)
Key of A and Eb arpeggios and V7 chords at this level are not typos; they fit with overall technique. Arpeggios: Level 5: A E-flat f c, 2 octaves Level 6: E A-flat g-sharp f, 3 octaves Level 7: F-sharp D-flat d-sharp b-flat, 4 octaves Level 8: G-flat B-flat e-flat b-flat, 4 octaves
V7 Chords in the key of: Level 5: A E-flat Level 6: E A-flat Level 7: B
Minor chord progression should be ◦ i – iv – ii o - V7 – VI (not i – vi – ii o - V7 – VI) iv
Private vendors have Technique Books MTAC Technique Books are available from the State Office ◦ 4 new pages with changes ◦ New pages may be downloaded for free at
Theory stays the same except for the following: ◦ Level 4 and above: Contemporary Period now called 20 th & 21 st Centuries Tests will use and accept both terms until students are used to the change Diatonic and Chromatic half-step terminology removed
More complete list of requirements Requirements based on existing tests New ear training tests have been written
Preparatory Level students will now have an Ear Training Evaluation 5 questions: ◦ Major and minor five-finger patterns ◦ Rhythmic pattern ◦ Identify a melody ◦ Legato and Staccato ◦ Loud and Soft
Designed to be approximately two levels below registered CM Level Required skills for each level are listed Preview time included
Students may play an improvisation at the evaluation ◦ Not rated by evaluator ◦ Must be within time limit of 5-60 seconds ◦ Does not replace any segment of evaluation ◦ Must fit within evaluation time ◦ May be from any resource
New format makes teacher’s job easier Repertoire is limited to two CM Levels as much as possible CM Level listing has been removed from individual Repertoire Lists Levels are listed in the Composer Index Repertoire is listed by category (Levels 3 and above)
Four pieces must be performed. Two pieces must be memorized. A second original score is required for un- memorized music. One piece from this list is required for CM Evaluations. Remaining repertoire must be at or above the student's enrolled level.
Each piece must be from a different category, and by a different composer. (Some composers are listed in two different categories. These are transitional composers and may be used for one of the categories in which they are listed, but not both.) Repertoire listed as "not" may not be used for the Level, either as a syllabus piece or as another repertoire piece.
Editions are suggestions only. Any edition may be used. Publisher abbreviations are on pp Photocopies are not allowed. Downloaded music must include an authorized logo or source.
At every CM Level, one piece from the Repertoire List for the enrolled level is required Prep – Adv (10): All remaining repertoire must be at the enrolled CM Level or above
No category requirements for Levels Prep-2; may use same composer At CM Levels 3 and above, each piece must be from a different repertoire category Students who do not follow the category requirements will receive an IC rating
Debussy, Ravel, Griffes and Satie are in the Romantic/Impressionism Category Scott Joplin is in the Romantic/Impressionism Category Gershwin is in the 20 th /21 st Century Category
All music from Anthologies is acceptable for the level unless a “not” is listed under the book title There is no need to compare Anthologies with the Single Composer List
Pieces listed as “not” may not be used for the enrolled CM Level, either as a syllabus piece or as remaining repertoire ◦ These pieces are below the registered CM Level, and all repertoire must be at Level or above ◦ Students who use below-level music may be given RAL
For Level 6: ◦ Baroque: J.S. Bach Short Prelude ◦ Classical: Clementi Sonatina Op. 36, No. 6 ◦ Romantic/Impressionism: Tchaikovsky Album for the Young, Op. 39, #9 ◦ 20 th /21 st Century: Khachaturian Adventures of Ivan, #10
Level 6: ◦ Baroque: J.S. Bach - Dance, BWV 808/6 (has “not”) ◦ Classical: Scarlatti - Sonata, L. 79 (Scarlatti is Baroque; 2 Baroque pieces) ◦ Romantic: Schumann - Album for the Young, Op. 68 #1 (this piece is Levels 2-3; too low for Level 6) ◦ 20 th /21 st Century: Williams - Theme from Star Wars (this is an arrangement)
Advanced Etude must be memorized, and from the list on pages Level 10 Celebration Series Etude and Snell Etude books have been moved to the Etude List (p.158). Some MacDowell Op. 39 Etudes are on the Etude List (p.156)
Some etudes are not eligible for Panel Auditions (p.154). Etudes that appear on the Advanced Level Repertoire List, but are not on the Etude List, are not acceptable for the Advanced Etude requirement. ◦ Page 147: MacDowell Etude, Op.39 #7 and Intermezzo (#9) are not acceptable for required etude
2012 Panel students who were chosen for Panel Finals: appx. 35% (2011: 25%) 2012 students that were selected for Panel Convention Programs 14.5%
Panel Applicants should choose repertoire and etudes that are of the highest level ◦ The quality of the music, not the length, is what matters Balanced program ◦ Not all big virtuosic repertoire ◦ Variety of character (for example, lyrical, humorous, grandiose, transparent) ◦ Demonstrates the student’s range of abilities
Consider carefully whether a student is ready for Panel Auditions ◦ Attend a Panel Honors Recital, Panel Master Class or Young Artist Guild Concert at the Convention ◦ Make sure that parents understand the high quality of Panel Auditions; this is not the next level after Advanced
Receiving all ratings of Excellent does not guarantee a student being chosen for Panel Finals Receiving 5+ for Convention Recitals and Branch Honors Pieces does not guarantee being chosen for Panel Finals While Regional Panel Auditions serve as the CM Evaluation, it is also a high level competition
Artistic performance Appropriate style and interpretation Semi-professional quality Emotionally involved in the music Able to perform in a high-pressure situation Performance stands out from the crowd
Publisher abbreviations used on Repertoire lists ◦ Any edition is acceptable ◦ Dual listings (New/Old): The company was recently acquired by another company The company is a subsidiary of or distributed by another company The music was recently moved to a new publishing company
Composer Categories for Repertoire Selection ◦ List of composers by CM Category ◦ Includes transitional composers listed in two different categories Suggested Reference Books (p.170) ◦ Includes CM related materials as well as books for further study
Single Composers Index (p.178) ◦ List of all CM syllabus collections by composer with acceptable levels Anthologies Index (p.197) ◦ List of all CM anthologies by editor with acceptable levels Collections are listed specifically to match each level ◦ 18 Short Preludes, BWV 924, 926, 927, 933, 934, ◦ 18 Short Preludes (not BWV 924, 926, 927, 933, 934, 939) 6-7