Certificate of Merit Exam

The Music Teachers’ Association of California® (MTAC), a voluntary run organization, sponsors the music study program Certificate of Merit® (CM).

The CM program provides a standard of curriculum that requires students to strive for focused musical excellence in performance, technique, ear training, sight reading/singing, and music theory. 

The mission of MTAC is to pursue excellence in music education and advance the music teaching profession through innovative programs that foster artistic growth and achievement.


ABRSM is the UK’s largest music education body, one of its largest music publishers and one of the leading providers of music exams.

ABRSM’s mission is to inspire achievement in music. In partnership with the Royal Schools of Music, we support high-quality music-making and learning around the world. We offer pathways and resources for learners and teachers that help build musical skills, provide goals and encourage progress.

The RCM Exams

The Royal Conservatory of Music is one of the largest and most respected music education institution, and is the partner organization of The Music Development Program.

The RCM provides a recognized national standard of musical success through an effectively sequenced course of study from beginner to advanced levels.

The RCM inspires excellence through individual student examinations and allows students to celebrate accomplishment and track their progress with others across the country