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Student Evaluations

Student Evaluations is now a District/Chapter level program.  Please contact your local chapter for more information.

CAPMT Student Evaluations provide a comprehensive curriculum for piano students. The yearly (1:1, non-competitive) evaluations include performance, oral questions, technique, sight reading, a written music literacy test, and aural skills. Performance for an evaluator includes three pieces representing different time periods and styles. Memorization is recommended for all three pieces, but is required for two. In addition, students will have the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge of music notation, symbols, terms, music history time periods, composers, form, tonality, and rhythm at a level appropriate for the age and level of the student.

Syllabi for Piano (Levels Preparatory A through 12) are available below. Music Literacy Workbooks with Sample Written Tests are also available below.

Benefits of Participation


In addition to a balanced curriculum, students develop increased goal-setting and time-management skills.


Parents receive a comprehensive evaluation of their child’s yearly achievement.


The Student Evaluations Syllabus offers teachers an organized curriculum for educating their students, as well as an important motivational tool.

How to Participate

Since students will be evaluated in all of the required aspects, initial placement at a given level should include consideration of all requirements. If a student seems to fit between two levels, it is recommended that the student be placed at the lower level. It is permissible for a student to perform repertoire of a more advanced level than that of the level of entry. Since each student is unique, it may help to consider the following before making a final decision as to placement:

  • Student’s age
  • Student’s past rate of progress
  • Student’s demonstrated work habits
  • Totality of the requirements for the level
  • Amount of time available before the Evaluation

CAPMT Student Program Guidelines

  • CAPMT members submitting applications for CAPMT Student Programs must have paid State and National dues before the application deadline. Non-CAPMT members are assessed an additional non-member fee. 

  • It is the responsibility of each CAPMT teacher to abide by these Guidelines. Failure to abide by the Guidelines will result in disqualification of the applicant.

  • Late applications forms will not be accepted.

  • Communication regarding any CAPMT Student Program must be between the teacher and the student program chair for that chapter/district. It is inappropriate for a student or parent to contact any CAPMT Board Member.

  • Decisions of the adjudicators are final.

  • Teachers, applicants, parents/guardians may not converse with adjudicators before, during, or after any CAPMT evaluated program with regards to that program.

  • In competitive programs, the student must have studied with the teacher a minimum of six of the past nine months in all stages of the competitions. This rule does not apply to non-competitive programs, such as Auditions. 

  • A teacher may enter students in CAPMT Student Programs either (a) in the chapter/district where the student has permanent residence, or (b) in the chapter/district where instruction takes place.

  • Use only the current application form for each CAPMT Student Program; all others are ineligible.

  • For competitive programs, repertoire listed on the application form is to be used at all levels, Chapter (if applicable), District, and State Finals, of the competition. No repertoire changes are permitted.

  • There are no refunds of application fees in the event of non-participation.

CAPMT Student Programs: Music Rules

  • Entrants will abide by all U.S. Copyright Laws and, when applicable, have permission to use all music given to judges and accompanists during all phases of the auditions/evaluations/competitions. 

  • Entrants will examine their music to make sure it corresponds exactly to repertoire listed on Application form.

  • Photocopies: Music Release Forms will no longer be required at all levels of the auditions/evaluations/competitions. Before starting the application process, all entrants have agreed to abide by U.S. Copyright Laws. Entrants have stated that they have the right to use whatever music is presented at all levels of the auditions/evaluations/competitions.

  • Scores purchased online and downloaded/printed must be accompanied by a receipt.

  • Public Domain scores downloaded/printed must be accompanied by a printout of the URL.

  • All measures must be numbered at the beginning of each system.

  • Names and/or identifying information do NOT need to be covered on music.

  • Entrants forfeit consideration for any placement (winner/alternate/honorable mention) but may play for comments only if: 1) All music listed on the application is NOT presented for examination at registration; 2) Entrant is not prepared to perform all music listed on the application.

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