MSMTA Theory Testing 2021

2021 MSMTA Theory Testing

This event is sponsored by MSMTA (Maryland State Music Teachers Association).

FCMTA Chairperson:  Karen Skelly (Email).

Date:  Saturday, March 6 (8:00 AM) through Monday, March 8 (midnight), 2021.

Fee: $15.00 per student per level.

Deadline: Online registration and fees to MSMTA by January 23, 2021. Registration MUST BE DONE ONLINE at

Rules: See the MSMTA Student Activities Handbook and the RCM Theory Syllabus.

Additional details for 2021:

This popular program, began nearly 35 years ago, now offers testing in music theory and ear training at 12 levels. Students may begin at any level and may take up to two levels in one year. There are no age or grade restrictions for any level of the test, and adults frequently participate as well. Starting in 2019, tests will follow the Royal Conservatory of Music Syllabus.

Three different Theory Awards can be earned by students for excellent scores. See

Points are also awarded towards the Jr. and Sr. DMA awards.

The deadline and date will be the same for all centers. Saturday, January 23 is the deadline for online registration. The check and the print-out of the application must be mailed to Elena Eliseeva and postmarked by Tuesday, January 26). Saturday-Monday, March 6-8, 2021 is the exam. The exam will be distributed to all the students no later than 8 am on Saturday and must be completed by midnight Monday, March 8.

The teachers will still register their students through the local centers but enroll ALL their students in one center only.

A week before the test, parents will get an email from the webmaster asking to electronically sign a statement acknowledging receipt of the email and that they pledge to proctor the test for their children in order to see that there is no cheating, and that the time restriction is observed. They will be also asked to make sure that they have working printers with enough ink in the cartridges.

On the test day all parents will receive a PDF theory test and a link to download the Ear Training audio files. Then the students will need to complete the test by midnight, Monday, March 8.

The teachers will get the Teacher editions for the level(s)of their students from the webmaster on the day of the exam.

If the teacher wants to monitor their students via Zoom, Skype, etc., of course they can do it, but we cannot require that of all teachers.

After they complete the test, the students will send it either electronically (scan and email) or by mail to their teacher. The teacher will decide in which format they wish to receive it.

Teachers will then have 2 weeks to grade their tests and send the grades to the local chairs by March 22.

The local chairs will submit the grades to Elena Eliseeva.

We will send more details to the teachers and students after the registration deadline.

Dr. Dmitri Nazarenko, MSMTA Theory Chair