Music Progressions Chair
Music Progressions: A Comprehensive Musicianship Program for Piano
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
The KMTA board, at the June 2012 meeting, moved that Music Progressions fees
be standardized with a $20 fee for participants in each level. You may download
and use the KMTA Music Progressions Enrollment Form.
Not all districts use this form. Please contact your event chair to find out
which form to use. Non-KMTA members must pay the scheduled entrance fee per
student and a $40 non-member fee per student up to three students entered. The
cumulative non-member fee of $120 will cover three or more entered students.
The requirements for each of the levels are outlined in the Music Progressions Curriculum Guide. The 2009 edition of the Curriculum Guide is available here for downloading. There is no fee for downloading and printing any of the materials for use with your students. You will need to use a high quality printer for best results. There is a fee for printing and postage if you prefer to order printed copies (see Resources below).
The Music Progressions Resource Handbook contains over 100 pages of materials
for teachers' use in organizing an event, charts and reference sheets for the
teachers and the students, and reproducible teaching aids. The 2009 edition
of the Resource Handbook may be downloaded here, or ordered (see Resources
below). >> Download Music Progressions
The requirements for each of the levels are outlined in the Music Progressions Curriculum Guide, which can be obtained for $10. Also available is the Music Progressions Resource Handbook. This book helps teachers prepare their students for the event and can be purchased for $12.
To order, make checks payable to KMTA and mail to:
2154 County Rd. 27
Gem, KS 67734
KMTA MUSIC PROGRESSIONS 2013
Kansas City Music Teachers Association
Newton Music Teachers Association
Northeast Kansas Music Teachers Association
South Central Kansas Music Teachers Association
Manhattan Area Music Teachers Association
Wichita Metropolitan Music Teachers Association
North Central Kansas Music Teachers League
|If you have questions,
contact your local coordinator
or Janet Hart Johnson
KMTA Music Progressions Chair
What an exciting spring of Music Progressions we had this year! There were
83 teachers participating across our fair state, and a rousing 496 students
received the benefits of participating in this great event. I marvel at the
amazing commitment of the area coordinators and the teachers who put so much
effort into making Music Progressions an experience that our students want to
return to year after year.
This year, our centers and coordinators were:
o Kansas City MTA - Sheila Dacus, Chair (23 teachers entered 136 students)
" Northeast Kansas MTA - Theresa Lindemann and LeRoy Dubois, Co-Chairs (12 teachers entered 62 students)
o Manhattan Area MTA - Nancy Blockcolsky, Chair (6 teachers entered 16 students)
o North Central Kansas MTL - Cheryl Metcalf, Chair (5 teachers entered 29 students)
o Newton MTA - Carol Klingenberg, Karla Conner and Lillian Harms, Co-Chairs (6 teachers entered 20 students)
o South Central Kansas MTA - Sylvia Coats and Corinn Schantz, Co-Chairs (9 teachers entered 51 students)
o Wichita Metropolitan MTA - Julie Brown, Chair (22 teachers entered 182 students)
Thank you to all of the teachers and chairs for providing excellent feedback about problems with some of the testing materials. We will have the CD issues and test errors fixed by the end of the summer and distributed in the fall to each of our centers.
It was obvious to me at the state convention in Baldwin a few weeks ago that
our membership is on fire about giving students a well-rounded, comprehensive
music education. A special thanks to Jennifer Fink, Wendy Stevens and Sally
Buxton for providing sessions at our convention that gave us all new, exciting
and insightful ideas for preparing students for next year's event.
I am proud to be a part of such an energetic and inspiring group of teachers! Thanks to all who have made this event a huge success for so many wonderful years!
Janet Hart Johnson
KMTA Music Progressions Chair