Music Teachers’ Association of California
CERTIFICATE OF MERIT®
2023-2024 CM CALENDAR
CM and Panel/YAG Enrollment Dates
Please refer to the State website teacher portal for more detailed information
August 20 CM Teacher Information Videos and Quiz made available to teachers.
September 1 MTAC Online System opens for Applications. This includes Panel and
YAG applications and Special Needs Accommodation Requests.
September 30 Deadline to submit Special Needs Accommodation Requests and documents through Portal. No late requests will be accepted.
September 30 MTAC Online System closes for Applications. No late applications will be accepted.
September 1- October 5 Parent Payment Period in the MTAC Online System. No late payments will be accepted.
October 5 Deadline to request a Change of Level or Grade. Changes to a student’s level may incur a cost.
December 15 Deadline for all Teachers of Panel and Non-Panel Students, to:
- Enter Repertoire in the MTAC Online System. (Note: Once repertoire has been entered, it can be edited up until five days before a student’s testing period or testing day begins.)
- Submit a Change of Teacher request.
- Apply for Convention Recitals. This includes requesting a Convention Collaborative Pianist, Carpool Requests, and
Convention Scheduling Requests.
December 15 Deadline to submit YAG Letter of Intent and Repertoire in the Online System.
CM In-Person Evaluation Dates
January 2024 CM In-Person Evaluations as assigned by the student’s selection. Student’s testing location information and timing is located on their CM application page.
*Specific information will be released at a later time.
CM Online Evaluation Dates
January 27 – March 12
CM Evaluations Media Submission Deadlines.
All portions of the online CM Evaluations (repertoire upload, Theory Test, Sight Reading
Test) for all instruments must be uploaded and completed by this deadline. No late submissions will be accepted.
Note: Teachers check your Teacher Portal to confirm your region and submission deadline.
Music Teachers’ Association of California
CERTIFICATE OF MERIT®
2022-2023 CM CALENDAR
Online Submissions Deadline for Hollywood Branch CM Evaluations
February 28, 2023
October 1, 2022 CM Registration opens
October 31, 2022 CM registration closes for all applications (including special needs)
November 5, 2022 CM payment due date
January 15, 2023 CM Applications editing deadline
February 18, 2023 CM Media submissions opens
February 28, 2023 CM Media submissions deadline
March 20, 2023 Results available to teachers
March 22, 2023 Results available to parents
April 15, 2023 CM Convention Application deadline
April 15, 2023 Request Collaborative Artist for convention by this date
April 15, 2023 Make-Up Evaluation application deadline
CM Teachers will have access to a CM Teacher Information Video and CM Teacher Quiz in
mid-September through October 25. New as of 2022: It is no longer required that CM Teachers
watch the CM Teacher Information Video and complete the CM Teacher Quiz, although it is strongly
recommended as the video includes annual updates. CM Teachers can access links to the video and
quiz from their Teacher Portal as well as through an email notification.
Application Period: October 1 through October 31, 2022
CM Applications must be completed by October 31, 11:59 PM PST. Teachers must make a Special Needs Accommodation (SNA) Request after the CM application has been created. Both must be completed on or before October 31.
Payment Period: October 1 through November 5, 2022
Parents must pay between October 1 through November 5, 11:59 PM PST in the MTAC Online System.
Repertoire Period: October 1, 2022 through January 15, 2023
Teachers must submit all required Repertoire (including Convention applications) in the MTAC Online System by January 15, 2023, 11:59 PM PST. If a student no longer wishes to participate in their CM Evaluation for the year, the teacher can
withdraw the student by clicking on the withdraw button on the student’s application page until January 15.
*The MTAC Online System is open during the periods listed until 11:59 pm PST. However, member and technical
support are open only M – F, 9 am – 5 pm PST, and are not available on weekends or holidays.
CERTIFICATE OF MERIT TIMELINE
CM and Panel/YAG Enrollment
September 15 to October 25 – Virtual Teacher Training made available to teachers. Training component must be completed to be unblocked. Teacher will be unblocked within 48 hours after completion and passing quiz.
October 1 – MTAC Online System opens for Student Enrollment.
October 31- Deadline to submit Special Needs Accommodation Request Form online. No late requests accepted.
October 31 – MTAC Online System closes for Student Enrollment. No late Enrollment exceptions.
October 1 to November 5 – Parent Payment Period in the Online System. No late payments accepted after November 5.
Enter Evaluation Information Online and Panel Input
October 1 – Online System opens for entering student evaluation information and Repertoire online.
January 15 – Deadline for all Teachers, Panel and non-Panel, to enter Repertoire in the Online System.
January 15 – Deadline to submit YAG Letter of Intent and Repertoire in the Online System.
CM Evaluation Date for Hollywood Branch
Tuesday, March 8, 2022
Panel Regionals Dates
February 1 – Panel Regional Video Evaluation Media Submission Deadline. Evaluation videos for Panel Regional Evaluations for all instruments must be uploaded by this deadline. No late submissions will be accepted.
February 1 – Deadline for Panel applicants to complete online theory test.
Panel Finals Dates
March 10 – Deadline for Panel Final Application to be submitted online. No late applications.
March 22 – Panel Final Auditions Submission Deadline. Evaluation videos for Panel Final Auditions for all instruments must be uploaded by this deadline. No late submissions will be accepted.
Convention and Other Year-End Deadlines
April 4 – Theory test materials will be released statewide.
April 10 – Deadline for teachers to report Evaluation results errors in the Online System. No changes made after this date.
April 15 – Deadline for Convention Applications. Deadline for Parents to pay Convention Application Fee. No late payments accepted.
April 15 – Deadline to apply for Make-up Evaluations (MUP) for both Performance and Theory in the Online System for all students, with valid excuse.
April 30 to May 1 – CM Council Meeting.
May 10 – CM Make-up Evaluation (MUP) Media Submission Deadline.
May 15 – Convention Recital Final Schedule posted in the Teacher Portal at www.mtac.org/login
July 1 to July 5 – Convention 2022 at the Hyatt Regency Orange County
2020 – 2021
|July 31, Friday||Deadline to join or renew MTAC membership to participate in Certificate of Merit 2020 (www.mtac.org)|
Instead of hosting an in-person CM training meeting, the CM Council has created an online training video and quiz to be completed by October 20, 2020.
|October 1, Thursday||Certificate of Merit online enrollment Opens (www.new.mtac.org) Enter student repertoire online and apply for Convention consideration|
|October 31, Saturday||Certificate of Merit online enrollment Closes|
|November 5, Thursday||Parents online payment deadline – CM registration fees (www.new.mtac.org)|
|January 2, Saturday||CM Online opens for accompanists|
|January 15, Friday||CM online repertoire entries and placement of special requests closes|
|March 10, Wednesday||Branch CM Info Meeting at 11am – Online|
|March 22, 2021||Branch online Certificate of Merit Evaluations
deadline for video uploads (repertoire, SR and technique) and the Theory Test completion deadline
|April 15, Thursday||Deadline for CM Convention applications and payment of Convention application fees|
|July 2nd – 6th||MTAC State Convention|
|July 31, Wednesday||Last day to join or renew MTAC membership to participate in Certificate of Merit 2021 (www.mtac.org)|