WMTA MUSICIANSHIP (MUSIC THEORY) EXAM:
Teachers are expected to regard the learning of theory and music history as tools to make the study of music more comprehensive. While the isolated facts can be memorized for a test and quickly forgotten, the student who is constantly made aware of their application to the music will begin to use the materials in a way which will be reflected in his or her solid musical understanding and result in a sensitive performance.
- Each student who participates in the WMTA District Auditions is required to take a written and aural music theory (musicianship) test.
- A student entered in District 2, District 2-NM, or District 3 auditions should take a test appropriate to his or her level of skill as determined by his or her teacher. For these students (entering in District 2, District 2-NM, or District 3 auditions), the test level is in no way related to school grade level. The test level should be chosen strictly on the basis of the student’s level of musical advancement. This also applies to adult students.
- If the student is in the State Track, there are minimum Musicianship Test requirements that must be followed according to the student’s grade. (See the table on the left side of this page).
- A student who enters the State Track auditions in more than one instrument (i.e. piano and voice) is allowed to take two separate levels of theory tests because there may be two different minimum level requirement for each instrument entered. The points earned will count toward WMTA awards for each separate instrument entered. On the other hand, the student is also allowed to take just one test level, and have the points earned count toward both instruments (i.e. 5 points for both piano and voice). In that case, the student MUST take the higher level of test required.
- Students entered in State auditions must score 80% or higher on the appropriate level musicianship test to be eligible for the Badger Competition.
- All students are required to progress to the next test level when they have scored 90% or above for two successive years on the same level. However, they are allowed to progress to the next level sooner, as determined by their teacher.
- If more than one teacher is involved in a student’s audition, they should confer to determine the test level needed.
- If a student takes an exam and later finds out he/she was no longer eligible for that level exam, he/she must take the more difficult test or forfeit the theory test points. Anytime that a student has taken an incorrect theory test, he or she will be given the opportunity to take the correct test either on auditions day or at a later date (not to exceed one week).