Theory and Ear Training Test – Sunday, March 3, 2019  Afternoon 12 – 5 p.m.
Voice CM Performance Evaluations – Sunday, March 17, 2019 Afternoon hours
Piano CM Performance Evaluations – Saturday, March 23, 2019 and Sunday, March 24, 2019.
Strings CM Performance Evaluations – Sunday, March 24, 2019
Winds CM Performance Evaluation – Sunday, March 31, 2019
Branch Honors Recitals are Saturday, April 13, 2019.  ALL Day
April 15, 2019 11:59 p.m. online DEADLINE for Convention student participation.
IF your student has been selected for a CONVENTION RECITAL event…do the following steps BEFORE the April 15 deadline!
Teacher must notify qualifying Convention students and their parent/guardian to accept the Convention Recital invitation through the MTAC CM Parent portal.
Parent/guardian MUST…
1. sign the Convention CM Parent Agreement
2. Pay online for the Convention CM Recital Fee.
All of the above steps must be completed BEFORE APRIL 15, 2019 11:59 p.m.
Students will NOT BE able to participate in Convention Recital if the signed agreement or fee not done before April 15 deadline.

April 15, 2019 11:59 pm. scanned email deadline for Senior Bios. Qualifying CM High School seniors are invited to send their Senior Bios Form to Branch CM Chair to On-time submissions will be included in the MTAC Pasadena Year-Ends Senior Awards Program.

April 10, 2019 Postmark DEADLINE for teachers to submit Performance Evaluation Makeup Application (MUP) with Documentation. Send all forms and hard copy documentation to CM Branch Chair, Carol Man Lee.

  1. Download and print out the MUP application from found in your teacher portal.  One for each student.
  2. Enclose 1 check from the teacher of $70 per student. Check payable to MTAC Pasadena.
  3. Each MUP application MUST HAVE signed documentation from school official/coach/personnel of said reason for requesting MUP.

A MUP application DOES NOT GUARANTEE a Performance Evaluation Makeup.  The Branch Chair does not approve the MUP application.  The State CM Office will either approve or disapprove the MUP application. If in doubt for reasons, please consult your teacher handbook CM Policies and Procedures.


April 2, 2019

Congratulations to all CM students and their teachers!  We have accomplished a worthy goal this year together. The formal part of exams and performance evaluations are over for most of us.

Our next CM event is the Branch Honors Recitals on April 13, 2019.  These recitals will showcase students who meet or exceed the Branch Honors requirements. Students were chosen by the Evaluators from their performance evaluations. Stop by Church of Our Saviour in San Gabriel to enjoy 1 or 2 or 3 or all the recitals running all day from 10:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Thank you to all the CM Teachers who worked together for a successful CM season for all the students!


Teachers, IF you  have qualifying Branch Honors students, you must notify the Branch Honors Recital Chair David Peck by email Friday, April 5, 2019, 11:59 p.m..  Send an email response to the address as directed in the Branch Honors application form.

MARCH 17, 2019

Dear MTAC Pasadena 2019 CM Teachers,

Here we go!  CM Performance Evaluations have arrived!
A few things to note for student CM Performance Evaluations….
1. an opportunity to present a student’s musical growth/development and receiving professional feedback
2. a sense of accomplishment through hard work, perseverance, and dedication.
1. Remind student and their parents/guardians to bring performance Check-in Voucher  (downloaded and printed from MTAC Parent portal)
2.  Bring music books.  NO PHOTOCOPIES of music.
If a student will be using a music book to perform the repertoire, there MUST BE a second music book for the evaluator. 
3. encourage the student/guardians to arrive 10 minutes before scheduled performance evaluation. Be sure to arrive at the correct location, time, and day!
Teachers, your dedication to your student is evident at the CM program.   Thank you for your participation and passing on the life-long journey of music making.
Carol Man Lee
MTAC Pasadena Branch CM Chair


2019 CM Theory Mar 3 Teacher Letter

January 20, 2019

Thank you to all the CM Teachers who made sure your students’ applications were completed in a timely manner.

In the remaining 6 weeks before the first official CM event, continue to do the good work with your students.  Your time with your students at weekly lessons are so important! You are passing on the love of music making in the forms of understanding music theory, repertoire, and performance artistry. Continue to encourage your students to live the music in their daily lives.

By now, all teachers should have received an email about your 2019 CM Teacher number. Use only this number. DO NOT use any numbers you may have had from previous years.

Teacher CM assignments will be emailed to you in mid-February. It will be emailed to the address you  listed in your teacher help form. Check your email account’s junk or spam folders in case you don’t see it in your inbox. Set your email account to accept emails from

The CM online system is now closed. No editing or changes can be adjusted to the applications.

Do remind your students and their families to hold open the dates for CM events as these dates were given to you at CM training in September 2018.


Good luck and carry on!



Carol Man Lee

MTAC Pasadena Branch CM Chair


November 28, 2018

If any Voice/Strings/Winds teachers are planning to utilize accompanists for their CM students,  please remind your accompanists to save these dates now.

  1. Remind your accompanist to sign the MTAC online accompanist waiver form that was sent to their email.

If you have an accompanist playing for the first time with any MTAC program, they must contact the MTAC CM office ( and give them their name and email address.  Then the State Office will send them a MTAC accompanist ID.

2. you must use the MTAC -issued accompanist ID number when you input Accompanist request in January. 

If you and another teacher of the same discipline will be using the same accompanist, both of you MUST input the SAME Accompanist ID number through your individual teacher portals.  This tells the system to schedule the accompanist for both teachers at the same place!  otherwise, your one accompanist might be scheduled at two different places at the same time!  The system only schedules what input information has been given.



As of September 28, 2018


To add new students to CM, you must first add your new student to your main teacher page of student roster.

Here is how to add a new student…

  1. log into your teacher portal. the main page will show up.
  2. look to the top left of your teacher page by the MTAC Logo and “Teacher Portal”
  3. Under the title “Teacher Portal”, click the gold lettered “Students”
  4. Look to the right side for a gold bar that says “Add New Student” and click it.
  5. Then the page will show as “Add a Student” and will ask the question if you know “the student’s Account ID”.. Click your answer and follow the prompts.

This is your FIRST STEP to get the new student onto your student list.  THEN, on (or after) October 1, 2018, you will be able to do online CM enrollment.


By the end of Sept 30, 2018, Branch teachers will have MTAC Pasadena 2019 CM dates. NOW is the time to give your student(s) and their parents/guardians the dates for 2019 CM.

Advise them frequently (I talk with my CM parents at least once a month) to save these dates for their students.  Encourage them to plan their vacations/outings/parties, etc.. on OTHER dates that WILL NOT CONFLICT with their student’s CM events.  You are giving them almost 6 months advanced notice for these important dates! Then you won’t get the surprise if the family comes to you with other conflicts. Their students would have worked hard all year and these CM dates will give them a chance to shine and show their progress.

Theory and Ear-Training Test…Sunday, March 3, 2019.

Voice Performance Evaluations…Sunday, March 17, 2019

Piano Performance Evaluations…Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24, 2019

Strings Performance Evaluations…Sunday, March 24, 2019

Winds Performance Evaluations…Sunday, March 31, 2019

Guitar Performance Evaluations are regionalized through the State CM Council. This means the Branch does not set up the Guitar evaluations. Date/Location/Time will be announced through the State CM Council.


IF you have questions about CM Enrollment, timeline, or process, first go online to your Teacher’s portal CM Resources ribbon to find answers to your questions. OR look in the CM Packet #1 for Branch specific answers OR look in your instrument syllabus for repertoire questions.  If none of these resources answer your questions, email the Branch CM Chair ( Carol Man Lee at with your CM question.  Kindly allow at  24-48 hours for Carol to reply. Write “CM Question” in subject line.


Looking forward to a successful CM Season with you!


Carol Man Lee

MTAC Pasadena Branch CM Chair


For October and November 2018

October 1 – 31   2019 CM Enrollment OPENS online through your Teacher portal. Refer to your CM Packet #1 for detailed instruction.
October 31  Online Enrollment CLOSES at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.

No enrollment after this date.

November 1-10  Student’s parent/guardian pays CM enrollment fee online through the Parent portal.
November 10 Parent online payment portal CLOSES at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.  Encourage the parent/guardian to pay as soon as possible and not wait to the last minute!  If payment is not received online by deadline, student will not be able to participate in 2019 CM program.
November 13, 2018 Postmark deadline for Teacher to send in…..

1.  the 2019 CM Work Agreement

2. Teacher Help request form, and

3. a check of $15 for teacher participation fee.

Send to Branch CM Chair Carol Man Lee.  See your Packet #1 for address information.

DO NOT use the MTAC Pasadena directory address!

Beginning on October 1, you can input your student’s repertoire.  Be careful of typing in the correct repertoire title, movement, tempo, composer’s name.  One selection must be from the Syllabus . Other piece(s) must be at the level or above.  If you are not sure about the piece, choose another one.  Don’t risk choosing the wrong piece that may  disqualify your student.  Any music titles in foreign language must have English translation.

September 18 Update:

There is 1 remaining Branch CM Training date available..

Choose your time….


Sunday, September 30, 2018  

3:00 p.m. Start time    (10 seats left)    OR        4:30 p.m. Start time

Location In Alhambra.


Reserve your seat  to

Write “CM Training” in the subject line.  Reply with your choice of training time. Kindly allow up to 24 hours for Branch CM Chair to reply.

MTAC Certificate of Merit State Council requires all interested teachers for 2019 Certificate of Merit to attend one (1) Mandatory Branch CM Training.  Teachers are blocked from online CM enrollment until you have attended a mandatory CM Training.




Dear Teachers interested in 2019 CM,

IF you have already attended a mandatory Branch CM Training, thank you so much!  it is good to renew understanding of this important program for the students.

You CAN add students to your online roster NOW/anytime  by logging onto your teacher portal.  Your teacher main page will open. Next  to the MTAC logo and under “Teacher Portal”, select “Students”. Click “Students” and the page will open.  The “Add Student” gold button is on the right side. Click “Add Student” to add your new student.

This process has nothing to do with accessing CM program to add students. 

Now is the time to get parent/guardian email address so you can  input their email into your student online roster.  Make sure the parent/guardian gives you the email they use to get information from you.  Tell them to look for email also from MTAC State regarding CM.  If they still have trouble finding the email from you, ask them to look in their email account’s spambox or junk mail folder.  Have them set the account to accept email from MTAC State link from you.

If you want more information, look in the CM Resources gold bar.  On the left side are resource material topics.  Topics in Gold Lettering are available for you to click and open to read. Topics in black lettering are not accessible at this time.

The enrollment system is locked by the State CM Council until October 1, 2018.


Please direct your CM questions to me – Carol Man Lee – at   Put “CM Question” in the subject line.


DO NOT send your questions to Winna Tan. Winna is NOT responsible for the Branch CM program.

Thank you!



Carol Man Lee

MTAC Pasadena Branch CM Chair