Certificate of Merit®

This is a state MTAC-sanctioned program. Student registration for this program is through the state MTAC website, new.mtac.org. Please visit mtac.org for more information.


Theory Testing (All Instruments – 3 Days)
Feb 23, 24 & Mar 3 • Mission Bay Montessori Academy

String Evaluations
Feb 23 Violin/Viola/Cello • Mission Bay Montessori Academy
Feb 24 Violin only • Mission Bay Montessori Academy

Bassoon Evaluations
Feb 24 • Mission Bay Montessori Academy

Flute & Clarinet Evaluations
Mach 3 • Mission Bay Montessori Academy

Piano Evaluations (5 Days)*
March 2, 9, 10, 16, 17 • Cuyamaca College
*Please note: March 3 has been canceled.

Voice Evaluations
Feb 23 • Temecula Public Library


Mission Bay Montessori Academy - 2640 Soderblom Ave, San Diego, CA 92122
Cuyamaca College - 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway, El Cajon, CA 92019
Temecula Public Library - 30600 Pauba Rd, Temecula, CA 92592

Certificate of Merit® (CM) is a stimulating educational opportunity and experience for students who study with a teacher who is a member of MTAC. Initiated in 1933, CM is sponsored and run by the MTAC and now annually involves approximately 30,000 students statewide.

Certificate of Merit® outlines a detailed year-by-year curriculum of study for the successful and effective learning of a musical instrument through the publication of comprehensive syllabi (one for each instrument) and a system of yearly evaluations.

During the evaluations, experienced adjudicators hear students perform selected literature, technique elements and sightreading, and students complete a written theory exam, which includes an ear training component. Following the evaluation, students receive a comprehensive assessment of their performance.

A successful evaluation results in a certificate being given, in recognition that the student has achieved the specified requirements for the specified level (representing one year) of study.

The Certificate of Merit® program in California also offers performance opportunities for outstanding student performers.

Student eligibility
Participation is limited to those studying one of the following instruments with a member of a local branch of the MTAC:

  • Keyboard
  • Violin, viola, cello
  • Flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone/euphonium
  • Harp
  • Voice

Students are enrolled by their teachers, using a secure online database system, in the fall for participation in the following spring. Annual evaluations are held between mid-February and early April, on specific dates arranged by the local branch.

Your MTAC teacher will supply all additional information.