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


Initiated in 1933, the annual statewide program involves approximately 30,000 students in piano, violin, cello, viola, flute, French horn, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, baritone/euphonium horn, voice, and harp. Students benefit tremendously from this educational opportunity. The SDCF faculty are members of the MTAC in good standing and have a long record of preparing students for success from Levels 1-ADV,  for Panel and for the Young Artist Guild (YAG). Panel is reserved for only the most outstanding students who have demonstrated commitment and maturity in their music studies. The SDCF faculty students have achieved branch honors ratings and high marks at Panel and YAG. The Young Artist Guild program is reserved for young concert artists who have successfully passed the highest levels of Panel.


Click here to be directed to the MTAC Certificate of Merit page.




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