Music Literacy Program

Music Literacy Program (formerly Musicianship Exams)red books

Co-Chairs: Thom Stuart and Emily Black
The Music Literacy Program is designed to be a suggested curriculum of independent music study. This noncompetitive program consists of 10 progressive levels in five skill areas: Written Theory, Technique/Applied Theory, Rhythm, Listening and Sight-Playing. There is much flexibility in matching each skill area to the student’s ability. This curriculum is coupled with an annual assessment which provides valuable feedback for teachers, students and parents through a written evaluation and individual scores in each area. The program is open to students of all ages including adults.

Registration Dates: March 1 – April 1, 2018
Event Dates: May 5 and 6, 2018

The Literacy Program offers an opportunity for students to learn, refresh, and/or further their skills in the following areas:

  • sight reading (on piano)
  • keyboard scales, arpeggios, and basic chord progressions
  • rhythm and pulse development (clapping rhythms)
  • listening (basic ear training)
  • written exam of theory fundamentals

Awards: rolled certificate with ribbon

  • All students receive a Certificate of Participation.
  • Those who score 94% or higher on the Written Theory receive a gold seal on their certificate.
  • Students who score 98% or higher on the Written Theory receive the gold seal plus have their name (and teacher’s name) published in the WSMTA newsletter, The Clarion.

(No monetary prizes are associated with the Music Literacy Program.)

Registration has closed for 2018. Please contact Music Literacy Program chairs  Thom Stuart at, Emily Black at, or past chair RoseMarie Tamburri at for further information or questions.