The Music Teacher's Association of California's Certificate of Merit program will be held in San Diego in late March this year. I like this event because it encompasses all aspects of musicality: performance, sight reading, ear training, theory and technic. Most of my students will be participating and are preparing as we speak!
I enter students who are at least 7 years old through high school age. We do a lot of the preparation for this event during my group lessons, which are held weekly. Having this extra group lesson time with students allows me to work on theory, sight reading, performance, and ear training in groups, and leaves the private lesson time for me to teach repertoire and technic. Pictured above is an unusual group lesson where I have two different levels of students. This works for me because all of these kids are able to work together or independently diligently. There are two older girls, who I give a short theory lesson to each week and then they work together to practice on the lesson they have been given. I spend more time with the younger kids, who are also learning and practicing theory together. While students are working on assignments, I take them out individually to practice sight reading or to hear them perform. Download Sightreading