OhioMTA Certificate Program

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Ohio State Medal of Excellence 

Effective immediately, the Ohio Music Teachers Association will award the State Medal of Excellence to all Music Development Program (MDP) candidates who earn “First Class Honors with Distinction” (a score of 90 or higher) on their Performance Assessment.
Candidates or the candidate’s teacher must forward via e-mail the PDF or mail a copy via USPS of the Performance Assessment mark sheet to the Ohio MTA Certificate Program Chair; Sheila Vail, Indian Springs Academy of Music, 9690 Cincinnati-Columbus Road(U.S. rte. 42), Cincinnati, Ohio 45241 SheilaVail@MusicDevelopmentProgram.org 

Medals will be sent directly to the recipients in March and October each year. Submission deadlines are February 15 and September 15. Medals will be awarded to students of OhioMTA members.

National Gold Medal of Excellence; awarded to the student who has completed all the co-requisites and achieves the highest score in the United States on the Practical Exam at their specific Grade Level. Jessica displays the medal she won for the Level 9 assessment in 2011-2012.

The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program (MDP)  takes students on a journey from the very beginning levels to professional certificates of achievement by organizing repertoire and skills in gently advancing levels to guarantee successful growth and development. Appropriate for students of ALL ages, the Music Development Program focuses on building instrumental and musicianship skills by integrating diverse repertoire, technique, aural training, sight reading and theory to “Inspire the desire to aspire.” Join scores of your OhioMTA colleagues and hundreds of their students in the Music Development Program!


MDP is distinguished by:     

  1. Complete and comprehensive nature of its curricula

  2. Professional assessments of progress conducted by trained and certified adjudicators

  3. Specialist adjudicators for strings and voice

  4. Growth toward advanced repertoire for pianists with origins designed around mainstream and popular method series.

  5. Flexibility to welcome choice repertoire at all levels.


Getting started:

For help getting started, please contact  Sheila.Vail, the OhioMTA State Certificate Program Chair.  Click on the  PDF document titled  “MDP - Getting Started”  to review step-by-step instructions, recommendations and TIPS for successful integration of this program into your studio or music department.