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On March 16, 2013, Studio 88 will open its doors to host the annual Certificate of Merit piano performance testing.

Performers have prepared scales, sightreading, and several pieces to perform in front of a certified evaluator. Certificate of merit, through lots of hard work & practice, provides a system where students can move forward in their piano level each year. It is a chance for them to be recognized for their accomplishments in music.

Certificate of Merit:

The Music Teachers’ Association of California (MTAC) sponsors a music study program entitled Certificate of Merit (CM). Initiated in 1933, the CM Program now involves approximately 30,000 students annually statewide. There are evaluation opportunities for students of Piano, Violin, Cello, Viola, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone, Bassoon, Baritone/Euphonium Horn, Voice and Harp.

Goals of Certificate of Merit:

  • To provide a systematic and comprehensive plan to develop performance skill, technique, ear training, sight reading/singing and understanding of music theory.
  • To develop practical goals to help students maintain a steady and focused approach to their musical studies.
  • To encourage students to strive for musical excellence.
  • To create opportunities in which students may share their music with others.
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