Certificate of Merit™
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What is Certificate of Merit?
Certificate of Merit is a total musicianship program that helps each student develop proficiency in the art of making music. The program was designed by the Music Teachers Association of California, and is administered in Idaho by the Treasure Valley Music Teachers Association.
In 1934, the first Certificates of Merit were awarded as a means of promoting continuous piano study. Approximately 30,000 students now participate in Certificate of Merit each year.
The goals of Certificate of Merit are to:
- Provide a systematic and comprehensive plan to develop performance skill, technique, ear training, and sight reading skills, and understanding of music theory;
- Provide practical goals to help students maintain a steady and focused appreciation of their musical studies;
- Encourage students to strive for musical excellence;
- Create opportunities in which students may share their music with others.
Certificate of Merit levels include Pre-Prep, Preparatory, 1-9, and Advanced. Students receive a personal four-part evaluation each year:
- Sight Reading
- Theory & Ear Training
Each student will receive a written progress assessment. Students earn 1 point for each portion of the evaluation which they pass, up to four points per year. A trophy is awarded once the student has achieved 12 points. Students in Level 3 and above who demonstrate exceptional skill are invited to perform at the Honors Recital.
- Bring your printed music for the adjudicator.
- Dress professionally in slacks or skirt or dress. No jeans or tennis shoes!
- Check in at the front desk 10 minutes before your scheduled time.
- The student will play in a private room for a judge ("adjudicator"). Parents may listen outside the door.
Theory and Ear Training Evaluation
- The theory room will be open approximately 9:00-4:30. You can take your theory test at any time, but please arrive by 3:30 to give yourself ample time to complete the test.
- When you enter the room, leave all books and papers at the front desk. Check the test to make sure it is the right level. Put your name and teacher number on the front.
- There will be a teacher in the room to answer any questions. If you don't understand a question, ask for an explanation.
- Level 1 and above: Remember to do the ear training test on the last page of your theory exam!
The enrollment fee is due each November, and the evaluations are held each April. The annual enrollment fee is $23 to $36, depending on the student's level.
Certificate of Merit is held at the Morrison Center, Boise State University