Music Literacy Program (formerly called Musicianship Examinations) The Music Literacy Program began in 2007-08 as the Musicianship Examinations and 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 Music Literacy Program simply keeps the teacher and student accountable for learning the concepts in a progressive and timely manner. The Music Literacy 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. For further details of the WSMTA MLP, go to the following link: https://wsmta.org/programs-for-students/musicianship-examinations/
Here in our Tacoma Chapter, added sections at each level will allow for evaluation of areas of "practical" musicianship to be covered which involve the "ear" directly, including tapping, singing, and playing back examples only "heard" rather than seen, and introducing sections on improvising, and identifying changes made to a written score by listening. This year, we are encouraging teachers to involve all of their early to late beginning students in this program, that they will get a good start to become even more complete musicians as they mature. More specifics, including resources for preparation, will be added soon, or call Tim Strong (253) 332-9280 or Email him at TimstrMus@nventure.com with any questions you may have.