Worthwhile tips from the State CM Council or from Branch Chair:


February 6, 2019

2019 CM Testing season is almost here!  Your are in the final stretches preparing your students. Hard work will pay off soon. Thank you for preparing your students well and to represent MTAC Pasadena well!


Some things for you to keep in mind for your students these last weeks.

Sunday, March 3, 2019 is CM Theory and Ear Training testing for Prep to Advanced levels ONLY. Enrolled Panel students are NOT in this schedule.

Students MUST INDEPENDENTLY read all testing instruction in English. No translation devices are allowed.

Sunday, March 17, 2019 is CM Voice Performance Evaluations ONLY Prep – Advanced level.

Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24, 2019 are CM PIANO Performance Evaluations Prep to Advanced level.

Sunday, March 24, 2019 is CM Strings Performance Evaluations ONLY Prep to Advanced level.

Sunday, March 31, 2019 is CM Winds Performance Evaluations ONLY Prep to Advanced level.


Per MTAC State CM rules about Performance Makeup Evaluations….

available to high school students only.  grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 ONLY. Limited Reasons for Makeup up must be  documented and signed by the appropriate personnel and approved. Reasons such as Mandatory high school competition participation, extreme illness, injury to the body part where it makes performance not possible. For your information SAT or ACT testing is not a valid reason because there are no 2019 testing dates that conflict with the Branch’s Performance evaluations. Not being prepared is not a valid reason.

If your student is NOT in high school (grades K to 8, college, or adult student), that student is NOT ELIGIBLE for Performance Makeup. No exceptions.  Do not ask for Performance Makeup for these students.


For more general CM information, please refer to the CM Policies and Procedures document found in your Teacher portal. Click “Resources” ribbon.


Thank you.


Carol Man Lee

MTAC Pasadena Branch CM Chair




CM Policies and Guidelines,  Page 16, section 6.12. CM Ensembles
For your convenience…..

“Students may choose to perform one Ensemble piece (e.g. duet) during their CM Performance Evaluation. However, Students must individually meet their repertoire requirement for their CM Level. For example, if the Ensemble piece chosen is Romantic, and the various Ensemble members are in Level 5, 6, and 7, then each of them must be sure to fulfill their Repertoire category requirements, i.e. must still perform Baroque, Classical, and 20/21st Century pieces.

Ensembles must be composed only of students who are individually enrolled in CM. Parents, teachers, non-MTAC members, and non-CM students, may not be part of any ensemble for CM Evaluation, including serving as substitutes in the event an ensemble member is unable to perform or attend. If an ensemble member is unable to perform or attend at a CM Evaluation, the remaining ensemble members shall perform the ensemble piece, and shall be evaluated on an individual basis for CM Evaluations but will be ineligible to perform as an ensemble for Convention. For more information, please refer to the applicable instrument Syllabus.

Ensembles may combine students of different levels and instruments; the different parts may be at different levels for various-leveled students, as long as each part is at the enrolled CM level for that student performing it. Instrument solos, including piano solos, with accompaniment are not accepted as Ensemble pieces. Music does not need to be memorized for Ensemble, including for Levels Prep, Level 1, and Level 2, where it is permissible for the non-memorized Ensemble piece to take the place of a required memorized piece.

Ensembles are not permitted at Panel/YAG Auditions.”