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Music Progressions

Music Progressions Chair

Karla Conner

Music Progressions: A Comprehensive Musicianship Program for Piano

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About Music Progressions

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.

Enrollment Form and fees

Music Progressions fees have been standardized at $20 fee 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.

Curriculum Guide and Handbook Available for Free Download!

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 Resource Handbook


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:
Pat Ziegelmeier
2154 County Rd. 27
Gem, KS 67734



Kansas City Music Teachers Association
Dates: April 10-12
Location: Village Music Academy (Kansas City)
Deadline: March 4
Coordinator: Julie Dean
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Newton Music Teachers Association
Date: April 11
Location: Bethel College (Newton)
Deadline: March 13
Coordinators: Carol Klingenberg, Karla Conner
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Northeast Kansas Music Teachers Association
Date: TBA
Coordinators: Theresa Lindemann, LeRoy Dubois
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South Central Kansas Music Teachers Association
Dates: March 28
Location: Woodlawn United Methodist Church
Deadline: February 28
Coordinators: Amanda Pfenninger, Annetta Smith
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Manhattan Area Music Teachers Association
Date: TBA
Coordinator: Nancy Blockcolsky
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Wichita Metropolitan Music Teachers Association
Dates: May 2-3
Location: Wichita State University (Wichita)
Deadline: March 13
Coordinator: Marlene Hallstrom
Contact email:

If you have questions,
contact your local coordinator
or Karla Conner
KMTA Music Progressions Chair

2015 Report

Thank you to everyone who participated in Music Progressions this year. Whether you were a teacher, judicator or both, your hard work and encouragement to the students is very appreciated.

After many hours of going over the materials the last couple of years, we think that all the corrections have been made in all the testing materials. As always, if you see anything that still needs corrected, please bring it to my attention and we will make sure the correction is made. I want to thank Sally Buxton for all her hard work in getting all the materials corrected and up to date. Thanks Sally!!

2015 Music Progressions had 461 students participating. This is an increase from last year of 45 students! However, we had the least amount of sites this year compared to the last 6 years. We only had 6 sites. We had 61 teachers participating. That is down 3 from last year and also the lowest number in the last 6 years.

We are glad our number of students increased this year, however, we need to encourage more participation. This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to get encouragement from other teachers and to be tested on what they know in their level. It is such a great experience. If you are not very familiar with Music Progressions, feel free to ask any questions you may have. You could also go to one of the schedule progressions around the area and observe how it is run and see what all is involved.

Also, thanks to all who hosted progressions and sent me your reports of when and where the event was taking place and what the numbers were after the event. I look forward to next year being even better!

Karla Conner