The Oregon Music Teachers Association Piano Syllabus is “an outline of study designed to provide students with a thorough
and comprehensive background in keyboard skills, musical understanding, and performance ability." It
involves learning a specific set of technical and theoretical skills and performing before an adjudicator
to receive a certificate of achievement.
There are 10 levels of testing. I believe the Syllabus is helpful in developing student’s musical skill and overall ability
to learn, accomplish goals, present him or herself in public, and develop self-confidence.
Here are the basics of how it works:
There are two exam weekends per year, one in the spring and one in the fall.
Students need not start at level 1, but can test at their appropriate level.
The student will be required to perform three or four pieces of contrasting styles from memory, plus
a series of technical skills.
The exam fee ranges from $22 to $55. There will be a $20 annual fee to the studio.