Theory Prerequisites

Most MMTA programs require a student to have passed a predetermined level of the Theory Exam prior to participation.  Please review the chart below carefully, then plan a course of study with your student(s).



Theory Prerequisite FAQ:

Q:  Will my student be able to participate in either the Piano Contest or the Vocal & Instrumental Contest if they have not completed the required theory level?

A:  Yes.  A student may participate in the Preliminary Contest but will not be eligible for the Final Contest.


Q:  Do students need to complete the Theory Prerequisite for the Piano Contest or Vocal & Instrumental Contest before the Preliminary Contest?  Or may they wait to see if they are selected for the Final Contest?

A:  Students are to complete the Prerequisite prior to the Preliminary Contest to be eligible to be selected for the Final Contest.  Prerequisite must be fulfilled by December 1st and noted at the time of registration.


Q:  Will my student be allowed to take a Piano Comprehensive exam if they have not completed the required theory level?

A:  Yes.  The student may take the Comprehensive exam.  The student would receive a Performance certificate rather than a Comprehensive certificate.


Q:  May a student take a Piano Comprehensive Exam and a Theory Exam on the same day?  If so, will the Theory Prerequisite be fulfilled and applied to their Piano Exam?

A:  Though not recommended due to the large number of skills a student would need to prepare for at one time, a student may take both Piano and Theory Exams on the same day.  Provided the student passes the Theory Exam, the Theory Prerequisite would then be fulfilled.


Q:  May voice, guitar, string, and woodwind students take the keyboard Theory Exam to fulfill a prerequisite?

A:  Yes.  Voice and instrumental students may take the exam, but will need to pass all three sections of the exam (written, aural, keyboard) to properly fulfill the prerequisite.


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