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FALL TEST: OCT. 28 - NOV. 4, 2023
SPRING TEST: JAN. 27 - FEB. 3, 2024


  • Fall Test - Saturday, October 7, 2023 

  • Spring Test - Saturday, January 6, 2024

Chairperson:  Linda King            

Committee:  Whitney Barron, Cari Dillon, Linda King, Jane Sutton


Associations may now choose to administer the TMTA Theory Test in small groups of students with at least two TMTA teachers present in the setting of their choice. Multiple days within that week may be used for testing, but all tests MUST be postmarked one week from the initial test date submitted.



  • To use your own judgment as to the safety of your students and yourself.

  • To test in the teacher’s home or Studio with monitoring by the teacher and a possible assistant with social distancing.

  • To test in another location that the teacher selects and arranges with monitoring by the teacher and a possible assistant.

  • To test in an outdoor location with monitoring by the teacher and an assistant with social distancing.

  • Ear training may be played by the teacher or via recording sold by TMTA.



Further instructions will be provided and teachers will be required to sign a document to assure that procedures are done in the most legitimate way possible. Coaching during testing is forbidden.  Interference during testing will negate the test results. Even at our testing in the past, many teachers are unaware of the importance of rules and legal boundaries that are needed. Conducting our tests with these recommendations will put responsibilities upon the shoulders of all teachers in our association who desire students to participate in this event rather than just the teachers who direct the test each year. After the tests are finished, tests must be taken to the chairman by 7 pm on the day after the testing window ends. Late delivery will prevent the tests from being sent for grading.  

Oath of test security and Confidentiality for Administering the Whitlock Theory Test:

I do affirm that I will fully comply with all the requirements for the student’s assessment of the Whitlock Theory Test by initialing to the left of the statements and including the date where applicable.

______I understand my responsibilities concerning the testing.

______I understand that I will actively monitor the testing of all students under my direction.

______I understand that any assistance other than reading aloud for grades 1 & 2 is prohibited.

______I understand that students will not receive coaching during testing.

______I will faithfully comply with all requirements concerning testing security and confidentiality.

______I picked up the tests for my students on _______________ and checked for errors  in names and grade levels before leaving the pickup location.

Signed on this the _____ day of_________,20__.  _______________Lubbock Music Teachers Association

Address:________________________________Best contact number____________________________.

Email address:___________________________

______I returned the completed tests to the theory chairman.

Signed on this the ______ day of _________________________,20____.



  • In TMTA activities, must take & make passing grade (70%+); strongly recommended to take fall test**

  • May take the test at a level lower than school grade, (instrumental medal can be earned)**

  • Scrap/staff paper provided; bring clipboard (some provided) & 2 pencils; cell phones allowed to call for rides at end of the test (must be off & not touched during the test)

  • Print the name & school grade on each page or 2 pts. deducted

  • Must read questions carefully & make sure all are answered before turning in the test (may ask the teacher to clarify questions only)

  • May take one spring test to improve fall score (best score taken)



  • Must inform students & parents of the above information

  • Order study materials from the state**, some extra study tests may be purchased from the local chairperson

  • Must notify the chairperson of grading mistakes on returned tests within 1 week, especially if it changes the type of medal earned.

  • Keep own record of students’ yearly scores for long-term awards**

  • Instrumental medals do not count toward state senior awards

** see TMTA Student Affiliate handbook or website at

Medals will be ordered in April for each student that has 90%  or above on their AT GRADE LEVEL TEST. Teachers will be notified when and where to pick up their Medals. Replacement Medals can be ordered for $7 each. 

Tests & medals, not picked up the week after the teacher is notified, will be taken to the next meeting.

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