Certificate of Merit®

The program provides a standard of curriculum that requires students to strive for focused musical excellence in performance, technique, ear training, sight reading/singing, and music theory. Initiated in 1933, the annual statewide program involves approximately 30,000 students in piano, violin, cello, viola, flute, French horn, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, baritone/euphonium horn, voice, and harp. Students benefit tremendously from this educational opportunity. Please consult with your child’s teacher for more information regarding registration and preparation. For more information, click on http://www.mtac.org/programs/performance/certificate-of-merit/


Important Dates

Sun. 3-10-19 CM Theory El Camino College

Sun. 3-10-19 CM Day 1 El Camino College

Sat. 3-16-19 CM Day 2 El Camino College

Sun. 2-17-19 CM Day 3 El Camino College

Sun. 3-24-19 times TBA Branch Honors (Levels 5 and Above who qualify)

Sun. 3-31-19 Senior Medallion

Branch Honors

1. Level 5 and above (any school grades are accepted)
2. Passing both Performance and Theory Exam

3. Performance rating from the evaluator needs to be 5+ or 5

4. All pieces must be performed from memory at the CM evaluation
5. Receive at least "Good" in Technique

6. Receive at least "Average" in Sight Reading

7. All pieces performed must be on Evaluation Report

8. English translation of the title of a piece in a foreign language must be presented
Not all pieces performed need to be of the quality of the selected Branch Honors piece.

Congrats CM Branch Honors Students 2018

(103/650 students qualified for Branch Honors in the South Bay Branch )

Mikaela D. 5+, Robert G., Irene L. 5+, and Idah C. 5


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Senior Medallion

A graduating high school senior student in any instrument who – (i) passes all sections of CM, (ii) for three consecutive or non-consecutive years during school Grades 9 through 12, (iii) including in their final year of high school, and (iv) at CM Level 7 or above – is eligible for the Senior Award. Any year in which a student receives an RAL rating will not be included as a participation year for the Senior Medallion or Panel Audition Eligibility. A Young Artists Guild student is considered a graduate of the Certificate of Merit program and is eligible for the senior award.