Music Theory Tests

MCMTA 2020-2021

Music Theory Tests

Chairperson: Julie Arras

FALL TESTING WINDOW: October 31-November 14

SPRING TESTING WINDOW: January 31-February 13

Tests must be hand delivered, NOT MAILED, to the theory chairman by:

November 15th for fall testing
February 14
th for spring testing


Fall – September 15, 2020

 Spring – December 15, 2020


Online registration only.  Registration Fee: $15.00 per student. Fees may be paid online when registering or by checks made out to MCMTA (see online registration form for details).

If you do not pay ONLINE, you will need to mail your check to Julie Arras a few days early so that it arrives on the stated deadline along with your registration form, with your students listed alphabetically (last name) and in grade order.

All students must be registered Student Affiliate members to participate.

No late registrations will be accepted.


Due to guidelines regarding Covid19, our theory testing will be very different this year.  We will keep you updated as things progress. Please check your email and the MCMTA website for theory information as it becomes available.

Each teacher will be responsible for the testing of their own students. Teachers can administer test over Zoom or in their studios. Tests must be returned to the theory chairman by the deadline in order to be graded.

For Levels 8-12, the bonus question will not consist of sight-singing or rhythmic sight- reading. Instead, it will be 4 measures of a rhythm for students to write counts under. The rhythms will follow the same syllabus guidelines that would have been used for rhythmic reading.

NEW Syllabus

  • The NEW syllabus is in effect for grades 1-12.
  • You can find the syllabus and review tests at under the “Members Only” tab (then go to theory)

    Required Testing Level

    • To be eligible for Whitlock theory medals and senior theory awards, a student must test at the school grade level. Homeschooled students must declare a school grade upon enrollment and take the test at that level.
    • No student will be allowed to take a test above the current school grade level. Such tests will be considered ineligible and will be returned to the local chair.
    • Students who skip a school grade or who are promoted during the year will be required to take the test at both grade levels for medal and award eligibility.
    • A student may not take the theory test on two levels during the same testing period.
    • Students that repeat a grade must test no higher than the current school grade, even if it means repeating a test previously taken and passed. The student will be eligible to earn a medal.
    • Students in Grade 1 must pass the Level 1 test.
    • Students in Grade 2 may take a level 1or level 2 test.
    • Students in Grade 3 may take a level 1, level 2 or level 3 test.
    • Students in Grade 4 may take a level 2, level 3, or level 4 test.
    • Students in Grade 5 may take a level 3, level 4, or level 5 test.
    • Students in Grades 6-12 may take a level 4 test to the level equal to their school grade.
    • Students earning a Whitlock medal (90 or higher on grade level) and students earning a Theory Achievement Medal (90 or higher below grade level) MUST advance to the next higher level on subsequent test.
    • Any student who does not earn a medal may RETAKEthe same level exam on subsequent test.
    • Documented special needs students may remain at the Level 4 test level if unable to pass a higher grade to qualify for any SA activity. These special needs students must pass the 4th test level each year with a minimum score of 70, but may attempt a higher test. Further exceptions are at the discretion of the TMTA SA Theory Coordinator.
    • Tests must go through the grading process. Local ensemble, original composition, and performance coordinators must verify theory eligibility to be eligible for ensemble, original composition contest, publication contest, and performance contest.
    • A student is required to take and pass the test on only one level in order to be eligible for ensemble, original composition, publication and performance, even if that student has skipped a grade in school.


        • Medals are awarded to students scoring 90 or above on a test taken at his/her grade level and state-graded. Students that do not take a test at their grade level will not receive a medal.
        • Gold: 98-101 Silver: 94-97 Bronze: 90-93
        • Certificates of Achievement are available for students that score 70 or above. Teachers are responsible for ordering them for their own students at
        • Theory medals will be ordered by the theory chairman.  Certificates of Achievment must be ordered by teachers.

        Teacher’s Theory manuals are available to purchase at under “Forms.”


        Contact Julie Arras at (817) 576-2816 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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