All portions of the 2021 Certificate of Merit evaluations will take place online in the “MTAC Online System.”

  • Online Registration Opens: October 1, 2020
  • Online Registration Closes: October 31, 2020, 11:59 PM
  • Registration Payment Period: October 1, 2020 – November 5, 2020, by 11:59 PM
  • Deadline to enter Evaluation Repertoire and Convention Applications: January 15, 2020
  • Conejo Valley Branch CM Theory Exams, All Instruments: Date TBA, Theory exams will be taken online in the “MTAC Online System.”
  • Conejo Valley Branch CM Performance Evaluations, All Instruments: Repertoire will be video recorded according to the CM Video Recording Guidelines and uploaded to the participant’s CM application in the “MTAC Online System.” Submission deadline TBA.
  • All Evaluation Results, Theory and Performance will be Available Online: TBA
  • Conejo Valley Branch CM Honors Recitals: Tentatively March 27 & 28 2021
  • Conejo Valley Branch CM Honors Recitals Woodwinds: March 30, 2020

Established in 1934 by Helen Adele Daun, the Music Teachers’ Association of California’s Certificate of Merit® program (CM) provides an educational framework for the study of piano, violin, viola, cello, flute, clarinet, oboe, saxophone, bassoon, French horn, baritone/euphonium horn, harp, and voice. The CM program focuses on five major aspects of instrumental and vocal training: performance, technique, sight reading and/or sight singing, music theory, and aural skills which increase in difficulty as the student progresses through the program from Levels Preparatory, One through Nine, and finally, Advanced.

Upon successful completion of each CM level, the student is awarded a Certificate and receives a written performance evaluation from an MTAC CM evaluator. A Conejo Valley MTAC student may receive a Branch Honors award for exceptional performance in all areas of the CM exam. Also, an invitation to a Branch Honors Recital is extended to those students who receive Branch Honors and receive, from the evaluator, the highest possible rating on a piece or song from their performance repertoire.

CM offers additional performance opportunities to the highly motivated student. Each summer at the MTAC’s Annual State Convention, highly rated CM students can perform at the convention in a Festival Recital, Theme Recital, New Materials Recital, or Ensemble Recital. At the pinnacle of the Certificate of Merit program are the Advanced Panel Auditions for high school students, grades ten through twelve. Students travel to a central location for the Southern California Regional Panel Audition. If selected by the panel of evaluators, students move on to the State Panel Audition Finals where they may be selected to perform at the MTAC State Convention in one of two Panel Honors Recitals, at a Convention Master Class, or become a Young Artist Guild (YAG) member. New YAG members are presented at the state convention in a special performance.

In general, CM is designed for the recreational student and successful completion of Level 7 in a student’s senior year of high school is considered a fine achievement. For the dedicated student or the student who has a passion for music, Levels 8, 9, and Advanced provide a microcosm of the challenges a student may face in preparing for a career as a professional musician.

Your Conejo Valley MTAC teacher can provide you with additional information regarding the Music Teachers’ Association of California’s Certificate of Merit® program or visit the MTAC state website at

CM 2021 will be held online.
Venues will be utilized when in-person CM evaluations resume.

Certificate of Merit Theory Exam

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

3645 North Moorpark Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 93060

February 8, 2020

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Certificate of Merit Performance Evaluations

California Lutheran University
Zimmerman Music Studios
Overton Hall

Zimmerman Music Studios/Overton Hall
3251 Regent Avenue
Thousand Oaks, Ca 91360

March 7, 2020 and March 8, 2020

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Certificate of Merit Performance Evaluations

United Methodist Church of Westlake Village

1049 S. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village, CA 91361

Piano Evaluations
March 7, 2020 

String Evaluations
March 14, 2020

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Certificate of Merit Performance Evaluations

Moorpark College Music Building

7075 Campus Road
Parking Lot M on Collins Drive
Moorpark, CA 93021

 March 8, 2020

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Certificate of Merit Performance Evaluations

Private Music Studios

For directions to the location of music studio where your Certificate of Merit exam is scheduled, please contact your private music instructor.

March 7, 2020 and March 8, 2020