Piano Exams for 2011-2012

MMTA Theory Exams
These exams evaluate the development of analytical, written, aural and functional keyboard skills, including the ability to transpose, harmonize, and sight-read. In Levels 1-4 students are tested on their ability to write and play major and minor pentatonic scales, major and minor scales and modes, notate rhythmic patterns, sight-read, transpose and accompany a melody. These levels also include rhythmic, interval, chordal and melodic dictation.
Older students that want to enter the state piano contest, must have passed theory level I as a pre-requisite.

MMTA Keyboard Exams
The purpose of the piano examinations is to evaluate a student’s interpretation and memorization of piano pieces and their ability to critically discuss terms, ideas and concepts. Keyboard skills and sightplaying are also evaluated. Each of the 12 levels offers a wide range of repertoire choices. Two pieces are required for the preparatory level, three pieces for Levels 1 and 2, and four for Levels 3-10. At Level 11, the highest level of achievement, students must perform five pieces.
This is a great exam for reinforcing what the student has learned, and for rewarding them for the all the hard work they have put into polishing their pieces. It also helps them see a progressive level of achievement each year.

Royal Conservatory Achievement program
This is an opportunity to play some pieces for a single judge, usually in the spring. Students receive a written evaluation on their performance and there are different levels of achievement. This is a new program that is working to inspire kids to perform well by encouraging them in their playing abilities.


11-12-2011 St. Thomas (deadline is 10-07-2011)

2-11-2012 St. Thomas (deadline is 1-06-2012)

3-31-2012  St. Thomas (deadline is 02-24-2012)

04-29-2012 K&S Studios-Woodbury (deadline is 3-23-2012)

06-02-2012 U of M Minneapolis (deadline is 4-27-2012)


11-05-2011 Normandale College-Bloomington (deadline is 09-30-2011)

11-19-2011 Bethel University (deadline is 10-14-2011)

02-04-2012 Normandale College-Bloomington (deadline is 12-16-2011)

04-14-2012 Normandale College-Bloomington (deadline is 3-09-2012)

04-28-2012  Normandale College - Bloomington (deadline is 3-23-2012)

04-29-2011  K&S Studios-Woodbury (deadline is 03-23-2012)


11-19-2011  Schmitt Music Roseville (deadline is 10-07-2011)