Preparing for the




Certificate of Merit®

State announced earlier this year, that the CM Evaluations will be held virtually for all students through the MTAC Online System. Students should be prepare to take all four areas of the test: technique, performance, written and sight reading.
Teachers are required to do their CM application through their Teacher Portal through October 31, 2020.

Starting in the Spring of 2021, your students will be able to upload their performance evaluations and take their theory tests directly on their CM applications.


CM Teacher's Training Video

CM Teacher Training video will be open from
September 15 - October 20.

In order to register your students, CM Teachers are required to do their CM Teacher training online!

Teachers must pass their Virtual Teacher Training to enroll their student for the 2021 CM Evaluations.

CM Dates to Know:

  • Virtual CM Teacher Training Opens - September 15
  • CM Application Period Opens - October 1
  • CM Application Period Closes - October 31
  • CM Application Fee Deadline - November 5
  • Last Day to Add repertoire - January 15
  • Student Evaluations Begin - February 13
  • Student Evaluations End - March 28

Helpful Tips!

  • Did you know that you can add students to your roster at any time during the year?

  • Adding students to your roster is a two-step process that requires the parents to make an account.

  • Adding students to your before the CM application period opens can help expedite the application process. Please note, adding a student to your roster does not create a CM application.

If you have any questions, contact


What to Expect from the CM Chairs for 2020-2021

Before the new Certificate of Merit season starts, the CM Council and State Office sent this out to all of the branch chairs.
My role as the CM chair will be limited this year due to the online testing. Here is what was sent to me earlier in September.

  • CM Branch Chairs can only help answer questions by directing teachers to the CM Policies and Procedures.

  • Branch Chairs will only be in charge of distributing certificates at the end of the year. Any questions or concerns about student's certificates will be handle through state.

  • This year, we will not receive any Branch fees. All fees will be redirected to state to help build the new CM testing platform on the Online System. Your parent fees will be adjusted in the system by the MTAC State Office. Not receiving any funds from our student's registration will effect our how we handle our Branch Honor's Recitals and any other CM obligations. I will reach out to our board to talk over possible solutions.

  • The CM Branch Yearly Meeting will be an in-person CM training meeting, the CM Council has created. This online training video and quiz that will be open starting September 15.

  • If you as a CM teachers have any questions about your students' CM applications, you will be able to contact the MTAC State Office for technical assistance.
Don't Forget


As a reminder, your student's certificates are available to be picked up at my house.

Please email me before coming at

As always, I send you my best and wish everyone you and yours a healthy, safe and great year!

-Sharon Shaheed