Music Literacy Program Registration and Preparation

KMTA uses Music Literacy Program evaluations developed by the Washington State Music Teachers Association (WSMTA) at our Music Carnival event (spring 2019, date TBA). Here are instructions for completing the registration process for your students:


Please check back for 2019 registration info.

To fill out the registration form for our use, PLEASE FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY:

1. Fill in the student’s name: last name, first name.

2. Use the WSMTA Music Literacy Program Handbook (available at the WSMTA site: to determine appropriate successful levels for each testing area. Students do not need to be the same level for all of their exams.

*Strings teachers, the modifications to the exams are covered in the Strings Curriculum Guide on the WSMTA site.

3. Under Option 1: indicate Perf S (solo) and/or Perf E (ensemble). Both fit in the same box.

4. Under Option 2: include Art, Written and/or Listening Project.

5. Under Option 3: include any of the remaining options (Composition, Improvisation, Digital Keyboard Skills, Transposition, Lead Line, and/or Analysis.

6. Do not fill in state or chapter fee. Write only the total fee per student (see fees below). We will figure out the state’s portion.

7. Send registration form and one check payable to “KMTA” to Dianne Johnston, P.O. Box 655, Kingston, WA 98346. Keep a copy for your records.

*If you use the Excel program form (only if you have Excel on your computer) you follow the same instructions as above, with the exception of the options. If your students want to do more than 3 options, for instance “solo” and “ensemble,” simply use an extra line and use the drop down box to choose the additional option. As above, do not enter the state fee, go to the total fee column and enter the $15.00 per student or $40.00 per family, unless you are a KMTA member, in which case enter $12.00 per student or $30.00 per family for the total fee. If you have any questions feel free to email or call Dianne Johnston.

There is a teacher fee of $40.00 which is waived for WSMTA/KMTA member teachers, or teachers who are not members, but are willing to help the day of the Carnival, or they become a KMTA/WSMTA/MTNA member prior to April 28, 2018.

It is the responsibility of each teacher to prepare your students to be successful. The Handbook is a great resource, as are the online resources below.


  • Washington State Music Teachers website: look under student programs, click – Music literacy program to read or download registration forms, Music Literacy Program Handbook and other documents available. Especially helpful are the MLP check lists by level for scales and check lists for other required exam materials.
  • Wendy Stevens Website: then check under Resources dropdown menu for free rhythm worksheets that follow the MLP Levels, and other free teaching materials.
  • for free online games and worksheets levels 1 – 10 corresponding with the MLP Levels. Your students can do these on their own computers.
  • At the Store you can purchase sample Theory tests, Sight Reading examples, levels 1 – 10 (price listed on the site) all corresponding to the MLP Levels. Also available are the answers to all the web-site games, worksheets and the check list for each level. Print as many copies from your one purchase.
  • provides study materials for string students corresponding to the MLP levels.
  • has free interactive drills in theory and ear training, not necessarily matched to MLP levels.
  • with a monthly charge for up to 50 students, you find colorful teaching games especially for younger students.
  • Check Michelle Mielke’s column in the (past and current) Clarion for additional sites with teaching resources.
  • Check online “Music Learning Resources” in general for many other music teaching materials web sites.

Piano Technique Testing: Actual exam score sheets show the scales to be learned for each level and the scoring rubrics. You may download, print and use these sheets in your studio to help your students prepare for Musicianship Exams.   Levels 1-10 (PDF)

Strings Technique Testing: Scales and arpeggios for 10 graded levels. PDF format.  Violin | Viola | Cello | Bass

Also especially for Strings:  WSMTA Musicianship Examinations Curriculum Guide – modified for Strings   PDF Format. Includes a table for Sightreading standards for Levels 1-10.