self discovery & expression

Fall Newsletter 2011

Certificate of Merit

To Parents and Students,

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, 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.

How the CM Program Works:

  • A detailed CM Syllabus has been created and designed for each of the above-mentioned instruments. There are specific set requirements for each of the eleven CM levels. Your child’s teacher will decide on the level that is appropriate.
  • Student Registration takes place from September 15 through November 15. Your child’s teacher will register your child through a secure online database. Students must be age 5 or older as of November 15 (the CM Registration Deadline) to participate in the CM Program.
  • Students work with their teachers on selected literature, technique elements, sight reading, theory and ear training for their enrolled level.
  • Registered students participate in an annual evaluation held from mid-February through April.
  • From the evaluation, students receive a written assessment.
  • Students will also complete a written theory exam, which includes an ear training component.
  • Upon successful completion of all segments of the evaluation, students receive an official MTAC CM Certificate.
  • Senior medallions will be awarded to eligible high school seniors.
  • Students who demonstrate exceptional skill at his/her evaluation may be selected to perform at annual MTAC State Convention Recitals.

Your child(ren) will benefit tremendously from this wonderful educational opportunity and experience. Please consult with your child’s teacher for more information regarding registration and preparation.

Tuesday, 11/8 DEADLINE:  Student’s to confirm CM participation & Reg fees paid up!

Saturday, 11/19 Agnes’ Studio Voice Recital

2:00pm Keyboard Concept, Agoura Hills

28501 Canwood St., Unit B, Agoura Hills, CA 91301


Thurs-Sat, 11/24-26 Thanksgiving Holiday – No Regular Lessons (Agnes will teach lessons on Monday-Wednesday (11/21-23)

Thur/Fri, 12/22-25 Iced Pita Music Students on break.

Thursday-Saturday 12/29-1/1 Winter Holiday!

Monday, 1/2 Regular Lessons Resume

Jan/Feb Finalize CM Repertoire selections

Feb/March TBD CM Prep classes, Voice and Piano

Feb 26th CM Theory Exams, Voice and Piano

March 11th CM Performance Evaluations, Voice and Piano

Certificate of Merit Studio fee $55

CM Branch fee $30

One check for all students registration fees made payable to your teacher, so students of Agnes, check will be payable to Agnes Chu, not Heidi Yost.  Students of Heidi Yost, will made check payable to Heidi.

Postmark due date by Nov. 8th to Ms. Agnes Chu 11301 West Olympic Blvd, #124, West LA, CA 90064


Gold Star Race to the New Year – For students who are participating in CM!

If you haven’t already, create your account at

Starting the week of November 7th, we will have a studio competition to see who can log the most practice by the end of the year.  Each student will have ten weeks to compete.

Monday students begin on November 7th, Tuesday students begin on November 8th, Wednesday students begin on November 9th, Thursday students begin on November 10th, Friday students begin on November 11th, Saturday students begin on November 12th.  Each students have individual goals so that beginners can compete with more advanced students.


How many points can you accumulate by the end of the year into the 2nd week of January?

Gold stars will be worth 10 points, silver stars worth 5 points.  All students who earn at least 90 points will receive a $5 gift card to Target, and the Grand Prize Winner will receive something extra special…. stay tuned, get practicing!!!


You must use Practice Champ to enter the race, Good Luck!




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