Achievement Day

This festive, non-competitive event is an opportunity to celebrate a student’s musical accomplishments as they progress through 12 levels of musicianship.  It is AMTA’s most popular student activity.  In addition to performing music for a teacher-listener, students may participate in a music themed arts exhibit, perform in a recital, enjoy the game room, test themselves in theory, sight-reading, or ear-training, and observe a Master Class.   There are many options from which to choose.

Each student performs privately for a listener who evaluates the level of certificate to be earned. Guidelines for certificate levels and music-related options, including written and aural tests, are found in the CSMTA Student Achievement Day Comprehensive Guidelines. These guidelines also explain how students may receive the status of “Super Achiever” by completing additional requirements. 

For more detailed  information, scroll past the 2017 photos below.

Purpose of Achievement Day:
1.  To recognize and encourage achievement in music study in a non-competitive performance event.
2.  To encourage students to prepare and display individual music related talents by selecting from several options.
3.  To support and guide the teachers in the effort to provide a quality music education for each student.

AMTA’s Achievement Day Festival was held November 11, 2017 at Trinity Baptist Church in Aurora.
Here are some of the photos which helped to capture the day:
Achievement Day requires the help and skill of many AMTA teachers.
Here are members Thomas Hoops (left) and Thayne Larsen readying a piano for the Listening Room.  Stay Tuned!!

Scroll down to see more teachers caught in the act of helping.

1. Master Class participants included, from left to right, Master Class Teacher      Dr. Jooeun Pak, Master Class Emcee, Uri Ayn Rovner, Performer Chloe Tan, student of Grace Christus, Performer Sophie SmithGraham, student of Uri Ayn Rovner, and Performer Ana Oldham, student of Catherine Williams.

2. Jake Niblo, student of Jan Spitzer, NCTM, performs at an afternoon recital.

3. Akshati Vaishnav, student of Larisa Lewis, performs for recital audience members.

4. McKenzie Brown, piano student of Grace Christus, is caught in mid-air performing her Step Dance routine at the morning recital.

5. Various exhibits on display included projects from artwork, sculptures, construction, baked goods, compositions, written reports, and interactive projects.

6. AMTA Teacher, Thayne Larsen, supervises the Game Room where student helpers Mia and Chloe Tan help Anya Stocking, student of Josee Seier, with the Music Jeopardy game.

7.  AMTA Teachers, from left to right, Lyudmila Nabokova, Karen Pacuic, Grace Christus, Seung-Mee Oh, and student helper Jessier Eoff,  keep things running smoothly at the Registration/Super Achiever Table.

8. Talya de Paz, student of Uri Ayn Rovner, helps at the check-in table for the testing room.

9. Indispensable to the Recitals and Master Class, AMTA members Thomas Hoops and Uri Ayn Rovner find a moment to enjoy the day!

10. AMTA member Carol Condit shows some of the student projects on display in the Exhibit Area, including compositions, written reports, construction and artwork.


Hope you can join us for our 2018 Achievement Day next fall!


   Saturday, November 11, 2017
LOCATION:   Trinity Baptist Church
                        15555 E. Quincy Ave.  Aurora, CO 80015
REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  Friday, October, 13th AMTA meeting

Regular Achiever:
$30/ per student of AMTA Member
$40 / per students of non-AMTA Teacher 
Super Achiever:     
$35/per student of AMTA Member
$45/per student of non-AMTA Teacher
Non-Member Teacher Entry Fee:  $35.00


AD 2017 Reg. Form
    for both AMTA Teachers and Non-member Teachers

Student Scheduling Letter 2017

AD 2017 Listening form PIANO
AD 2017 Listening form INSTRUMENTAL
AD 2017 Listening form VOCAL
AD 2017 Listening form Strings
Students are to bring these with them to the festival.
Please do not leave them at the registration table for students to pick-up

OPTIONS:  AD Option List
A.Technique Options:  A.1 Scales:  Levels Prep through Level 12:  Option A.1 Scales
                                          A.2 Arpeggios:  Levels Prep through Level 12:  A.2 Arpeggios
                                          A.3 Chords:  Levels Prep through Level 12:A.3 CHORDS
B. Musical Knowledge:  B.1 Theory Tests: Prep A through Level 12: See CSMTA website for practice tests
                                            B.2 Terms & Signs Tests:  Prep through Level 12:  See CSMTA website for practice tests

CSMTA licensed practice tests for all levels are available online for theory, terms & signs, music history, and ear-training.  Visit the CSMTA website:
Note these materials are licensed to CSMTA, must be attributed to CSMTA,  and may not be used for commercial purposes nor altered.
Ear-Training and Music History  testing are not available for 2017.
C. Related Options: 
C.1. Additional piece.  Memorization is optional.

                                           C.2  Sight-reading:  Piano Levels 1-11
                                           C.3  Improvisation:  no leveling developed
                                           C.4  Play from a Lead Sheet:  Piano, Level 1-6
                                           C.5  Collaborative Performance: Prepare and perform with another student
                                           C.6  Performance on a Second Instrument:  Other than instrument used for required pieces
                                          C.7 Transposition:  Piano, Level 1-8
                                          C.8  Original Composition
                                          C.9  Written Project:  report, research paper, poem, scrapbook, story or other project related to music.
                                        C.10 Art or Constructed Project: Related to music
                                       C.11  Dance:  Prepare and Perform a dance during a recital on Achievement Day
                                       C.12  Other:  Master Class Observation

MASTER CLASS:   Contact Uri Ayn Rovner:
AD 2017 Master Class Form Option #12

Letter of Invitation 2017


Upon completion of all Achievement Day activities, students receive a passing certificate, a written evaluation for their performance, and graded test(s) or ribbons if those options were chosen. 
Teachers are given Certificates for each student prior to Achievement Day.  It is the teacher’s responsibility to complete the certificate and insure the student brings the certificate to Achievement Day.

Students are to bring certificates with them to the festival.
Please do not leave your students’ certificates at the registration table for them to pick-up.

The requirements for this event are found in the Achievement Day Plan on as described in the CSMTA Achievement Day Guidelines on the CSMTA Website:
Guidelines:        CSMTA Ach Day GeneralGuidelines
                             These are the 2012 Comprehensive Guidelines which include testing information, options, and leveling.
 SA Guidelines:  AD Guidelines for Super Achievers  AMTA’s SA Guidelines
Timeline:            2017 Teacher Timeline AD   Month by Month overview to help teachers in AD preparation.
Checklist:         Teacher Checklist 2017
                           Helps teachers keep track of event information and guidelines. 
Worksheet:     Teacher Planning WorkSheet
                         Helps track of each student’s program plan.

Guidelines for Achievement Day Planning:
The Guidelines for Achievement Day, CSMTA Ach Day GeneralGuidelines  have been developed by the Colorado State Music Teachers Association, and have been made available to each local association to sponsor and coordinate Achievement Day within their own community. Each local MTA may add additional activities and plans.  Teachers are encouraged to request mentors, when organizing their student’s AD activities.  Questions are always welcomed by the AMTA Achievement Day Co-Chairs, Seung-Mee Oh and Cynthia Allor.  For more information, visit the CSMTA website:

Each student performs two selections, one selection must be memorized, privately for an evaluator.  Students must also complete a minimum of two options from the Options list. See  CSMTA Ach Day GeneralGuidelines. For voice students, please read attached document for technique by levels,  AD Technique Options for Voice. 

There are 12 pre-collegiate levels of achievement plus a preparatory level for pre-school and earliest beginning students. Students enter at the level of their repertoire, however teachers may adjust the option levels according to each student’s abilities.  To gain a better sense of the level in which to place your student, see the CSMTA Achievement Day General Guidelines:
Piano:    page 7  
Guitar:   page 8-10
Voice:     page 11   
Flute:     page 12   
Violin:    page 13   
Saxophone:  page 14

Students wishing to challenge themselves even more, by meeting a higher standard of excellence in performance, may enter as a Super Achiever.  A medal is awarded to those who complete all of the requirements for Super AchieversThe Super Achievers program is available to students of all instruments entering in Levels 1-Level 12.  Prep students will not be able to participate as Super Achievers.   Performance level and Option level may differ.  Super Achievers are awarded medals once they have successfully completed their AD activities.  Students entering as Super Achiever will need to follow the
AD Guidelines for AMTA Super Achievers copy which include:
1.  Perform the required two pieces and receive a ‘PASS’ in a pass/fail grading system.  Piano students must memorize both selections; may be two movements from one sonata.  All other students may memorize only one selection.

2.  Complete 4 options, including:
       -  one Technique Option (Scales, Arpeggios, Chords) and pass
       – at least one Musical Knowledge Option (Theory Test, Terms & Signs Test, Ear-Training Test) and pass with 80%
        -  the two additional options are the choice of student and teacher and may include any related options.
3.  Perform in an AMTA Achievement Day Recital.  Note:  Super Achievers performing for the Master Class, may substitute the Master Class as their Recital requirement.

Students may choose to enter Achievement Day as a member of an ensemble, rather than as a solo performer. See  AD Guidelines for Ensemble  page 5.

While attending Achievement Day, students also have the opportunity to perform in a recital, participate in the the music game room where they win prizes, observe a master class, and enjoy the display of artwork and other projects.
Piano Master Class:  Contact Uri Ayn Rovner:

Observing the Piano Master Class may be used by students as Option # 12.   Although students performing for the Master Class are piano students, students of any instrument are invited to attend.  The MC is designed to teach students in performance and technical skills while addressing the entire audience.  Students performing in the Master Class are identified ahead of time by their teacher and the AMTA Achievement Day Master Class Coordinator.  Super Achievers performing in the Master Class,  may also use their MC performance to fulfill the AMTA Super Achiever Recital requirement.  In order for students who are observing the MC to fulfill option #12, they will need to attend the MC and complete the MC Option form for credit, AD Master Class Option Form. 
Game Room:
The game room at Achievement Day is one of the most popular activities for the younger students.  Students play music jeopardy, earning points toward choosing from the many prizes.  The Game Room runs throughout the day. There are no assigned times.  Walk-ins are welcome.
Art Room:
Enjoy the many projects students have created, in the Art Room Exhibit. Projects range from written reports, to original compositions, artwork, and construction projects.  Each project receives a ribbon, and outstanding  projects receive special award ribbons.
Recital Room:
The Achievement Day Recital provides an opportunity for students to perform from memory for others as well as perform their original compositions.  Super Achievers are required to perform in one recital. Special seals are applied to any participating student’s certificate once the recital is completed.  Students and their families are expected to observe  AMTA Student Recital AudienceEtiquette & AMTA Student Recital Performance Etiquette when attending all AMTA related recitals. Recitals run all day long.

Is this your first or second time to enter students in Achievement Day? Even if it’s your tenth time, and you would like some help you in organizing your preparations for your students, feel free to contact the Achievement Day Co-Chair, Cynthia Allor.  Whether it’s completing a form or deciding on an entry level for each student, we can help.  You may also find the answers to your questions by visiting:  CSMTA AD Frequently Asked Questions .  In addition, teachers may find the Teacher Planning WorkSheet and the 2017 Teacher Timeline AD helpful.

Forms, Letters,  & Templates:
                                                                  2017 for non-AMTA Teacher
3.  LETTER OF INVITATION: Letter of Invitation 2017

4.  Student Scheduling Letter 2017
         AD 2017 Listening form PIANO

         AD 2017 Listening form VOICE
         AD 2017 Listening form Strings
         AD 2017 Listening form INSTRUMENTAL
6.  MASTER CLASS C.12 OPTION  FORM:  AD Master Class Option Form
Documents found on this website are in pdf format.  If you are unable to open these files, go to the Adobe Reader website and download their free software:   Or you can always ask the AD Chair for help.

Achievement Day requires the dedicated help of many AMTA members.  Please find below several members, “caught in the act” of participating and enjoying the day.
Thayne Larsen helps in the Game Room, while Carol Condit, Grace Christus, and Seung-Mee Oh’s daughter, Jessie Eoff, help with the Registration Desk.