The Music Literacy Program (or MLP) is designed to be a suggested curriculum of independent music study. This curriculum is coupled with an annual evaluation sponsored by WSMTA local associations. This noncompetitive program consists of ten progressive levels. Each level requires proficiency in rhythm and pulse development, sight-playing, technique, written theory, and ear-training. There is also an options portion to the program for the creative student. Students may enter any level, and may work on one or all areas of the exam. Participation is not based on year in school or years of music study. The test provides a music event evaluating the progressive growth of ALL students – those studying music as a hobby as well as those aspiring to enter the music world professionally. Many teachers find that they are already teaching the concepts contained in the curriculum. The MLP simply keeps the teacher and student accountable for learning the concepts in a progressive and timely manner. The program provides valuable feedback for teachers, students, and parents through a written evaluation and individual scores in each area. Students also receive a certificate of participation.
Tacoma Chapter Enhancement In the Tacoma exams, we offer an added opportunity of focus toward the development of the “practical ear” — to include (1) tapping or clapping back heard rhythms (2) singing back heard melodies (3) playing back those melodies on the instrument of choice (4) improvisation and (5) recognition of features/changes in a musical example. This option, in our Feb. 2019 exam, will apply to the early years of study, and levels I - 4 exams, so that playing by “ear” can become a normal activity as they grow musically. The State exams from 5-10 will not incorporate the added Tacoma “enhancements” this year, so those students would register for the State exam only. Students who complete the enhanced qualifications of levels 1-4 successfully, will be awarded a special seal attached to the standard WSMTA certificate. For detail on the exact exam, see the following Tacoma Chapter Curriculum Guide for Levels One-Three guidelines.
For further details of the WSMTA MLP, click the following link: WSMTA Music Literacy Program or go to WSMTA.org and click on the menu “student programs” , and again on “MLP (Music Literacy Program). Important Dates We are pleased to announce that our 2019 MLP exams will be held at the University of Puget Sound on a Saturday morning, February (date tba) from 9AM -1 PM. Entries will be accepted from Mon. Dec. 10th, 2018 until Jan. 21st, 2019 (Martin Luther King day).
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download web rewards worksheets for melodic dictation, rhythmic dictation, ear training, and other theory and listening exercises. Sight reading pieces and sample Theory Exams are also available for purchase on this site tailored to our Musicianship Examinations curriculum.