If you are interested in playing instruments, the Certificate of Merit may be for you. Established in 1933, the MTAC (Music Teacher Association of California) has grown a wide base of talented students who have a passion for music. This program involves musical interests of all kinds, including piano, violin, cello, viola, flute, French horn, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, baritone horn/euphonium, voice, and harp. Over 30,000 students participate in a level-based curriculum from level one to level eleven. Each student is assigned a teacher to base their level on the what they are learning. All levels include technique, literature, sight reading, theory, and ear training; difficulty varies for each subject based on level. During February and April, students are assigned a written piece to perform as their final assessment, along with a written theory exam that includes an ear training section. If the students pass, they will officially receive an MTAC Certificate of Merit for their given level. Students who perform exceptionally well for their instrument group will be given the opportunity to perform at annual MTAC state convention recitals.