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Music Lessons in Sonoma County—-MTAC Teachers

Certificate of Merit®

Certificate of Merit® program

Certificate of Merit® provides a standard curriculum for piano, voice, strings, harp, and winds, with carefully defined levels to demonstrate proficiency in performance and musical knowledge.  CM is open to adults as well as pre-college students. 

Each instrument has a syllabus, available through the State MTAC, which outlines in detail the elements of proficiency that must be met.  For each of 10 (or 11) levels, the syllabus outlines requirements for performance, technique, theory, sight reading, and ear training.  Performance and technique are heard in a private evaluation with written feedback and ratings, and certificates are awarded.

Students can be eligible for extra recognition in branch honors, state honors, performance at the state convention, and a senior award for high school graduation in the program.

Students are registered by their own teacher.  There is a non-refundable fee for participation.  This year’s evaluation dates are March 7-8, 2020, for piano, and voice evaluations on March 1, 2020.  All theory testing will be done March 7-8 at SSU between 10-4.

 Peggy Nance ( is the chair for the branch and can answer any questions you may have about the program and the process.