WMTA MUSICIANSHIP (MUSIC THEORY) EXAM:
For level requirements and practice exams:
see “Musicianship Test” page
The material for the musicianship tests is not a complete listing of what a music student needs to know, and will not reflect every teacher’s priorities and organization. It is hoped, however, that most teachers will regard these as reasonable, basic expectations for the various levels and that students can be helped to build on their musicianship with each successive year of study.
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.
A student entered in District 2 or District 2-NM or District 3 auditions (or adult students) 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 or 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 “Musicianship Test” page or the table below.
All students must progress to the next test level when they have scored 90% or above on the same test level for two successive years. However, they may progress to the next level more quickly.
Students entered in State auditions must score 80% or higher on the appropriate level musicianship test to be eligible for the Badger Competition.
The musicianship exam includes a written and an aural (listening) test.
If more than one teacher is involved, they should confer to determine the test level required.
A student who enters the State Track auditions in more than one area (for example, piano and voice) is allowed to take two separate musicianship tests because there may be two different minimum level requirement for each area entered. The points earned will count toward WMTA awards in each separate area entered.
If the test originally taken was one for which the student was no longer eligible he or she must take the more difficult test or forfeit the musicianship test points. In the event that a student takes an incorrect musicianship 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).
MINIMUM test level requirements for students entering “STATE TRACK”
|GRADE||PIANO and ORGAN||INSTRUMENTAL
|1||Elementary A||Elementary A||Elementary A|
|2||Elementary A||Elementary A||Elementary A|
|3||Elementary A||Elementary A||Elementary A|
|4||Elementary B||Elementary A||Elementary A|
|5||Elementary C||Elementary A||Elementary A|
|6||Elementary C||Elementary A||Elementary A|
|7||Intermediate A||Elementary A||Elementary A|
|8||Intermediate B||Elementary A||Elementary A|
|9||Intermediate B||Elementary A||Elementary A|
|10||Intermediate C||Elementary B||Elementary B|
|11||Intermediate C||Elementary C||Elementary C|
|12||Advanced A||Intermediate A||Intermediate A|
Detailed information for the test requirements AND practice exams can be found on the “Musicianship Test” page of the WMTA District Auditions page of the website.