KMTA Progressions

We spend a lot of time in lessons and home practice working on developing skills like sight reading, rhythm, ear training, technic and performance skills. Wouldn't it be great if there was a year-end evaluation to help us determine if these concepts are truly being retained? Well good news, there is!

As a member of KMTA, I am proud to be able to offer participation in Kansas Music Teachers Association Progressions evaluations to my McPherson area students. 

So what is Progressions? Well here's the description straight from the KMTA website:

"Music Progressions is designed to be a suggested curriculum of independent music study. This curriculum is coupled with an annual evaluation sponsored by KMTA local associations and/or groups of KMTA teachers.

This noncompetitive program consists of ten progressive levels. Each level requires proficiency in performance, music terminology, rhythm and pulse development, sight-playing, scales, written theory, and ear-training. Students may enter any level. Participation is not based on year in school or years of music study. The test provides a music event evaluating the progressive growth of ALL students - those studying music as a hobby as well as those aspiring to enter the music world professionally.

Many teachers find that they are already teaching the concepts contained in the curriculum. Music Progressions simply keeps the teacher and student accountable for learning the concepts in a progressive and timely manner. Music Progressions provides valuable feedback for teachers, students, and parents through a written evaluation and individual scores in each area. Students also receive a certificate of participation."
 Basically, Progressions encourages the development of essential musicianship skills, and helps us determine what we've retained and what still might need some reinforcing. Students who progress through the levels should see a growth in their competence both at the instrument as well as in their understanding of music theory. 

In the Spring of each year, I'll be working with participating students to refine what they've learned throughout the year to prepare for their evaluation so they can perform with confidence. This is a great opportunity for students to get feedback on their progress from a fresh source, and for us to identify strengths & weaknesses that we can continue to develop during the following year. This is NOT a highly competitive, stress-y environment, but rather an opportunity for students to get some experience in a larger musical community, and gain confidence in their musicianship skills & knowledge.

If you are interested in having your student take part in Progressions, or if you have questions about the program, please let me know!