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Certificate of Merit™

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What is Certificate of Merit?

Students receiving their certificates 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.

Why Participate?

The goals of Certificate of Merit are to:

The Evaluation

Certificate of Merit levels include Pre-Prep, Preparatory, 1-9, and Advanced. Students receive a personal four-part evaluation each year:

  1. Technique
  2. Repertoire
  3. Sight Reading
  4. 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.

Keyboard Evaluation

Theory and Ear Training Evaluation

Sample Evaluation Form Sample Evaluation Form

Instructions to Judges Instructions to Judges


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

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