Piano Exams for 2018-2019

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.

Fees are: Level 1/2: $24, Level 3/4: $26, Level 5: $28, Level 6: $38

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.

Fees: Prep $21, 1 $24, 2 $28, 3 $34, 4 $34, 5 $38, 6 $38, 7 $43,8 $48, 9 $53, 10 $63,

11 $118


10-20-2018 St Catherine's (deadline is 9-14-2018)

12-01-2018 Normandale College (deadline is 10-26-2018)

2-23-2019 Bethel University (deadline is 01-18-2019)

05-05-2019 K&S Studios-Woodbury (deadline is 3-29-2019)

05-11-2019 Concordia University (deadline is 4-05-2019)

06-08-2019 U of M Minneapolis (deadline is 5-03-2019)

Summer 2019 TBD UNWSP (deadline TBD)


10-13-2018 Messiah Church, Plymouth (deadline is 9-14-2018)

11-17-2018 Bethel University (deadline is 10-12-2018)

01-26-2019 Peace Reform Church, Eagan (deadline is 12-14-2018)

03-24-2019 K&S Studios-Woodbury (deadline is 2-15-2019)

04-06-2019 Messiah Church, Plymouth (deadline is 3-01-2019)

Summer 2019 TBD UNWSP (deadline TBD)


Preliminaries are held on Saturday and Sunday, February 2&3, 2019 at Bethel University

Finals are held on Saturday and Sunday, March 16-17, 2019 at U of M, Ferguson Hall

The Honors Concert for winners is on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at the Minneapolis Convention Center

Entrance fee is $22 per contest entry