Branch Programs 

Certificate of Merit (CM) is an evaluation program that was created and developed by the Music Teachers' Association of California in 1933, and continues to evolve over time to best meet the needs of teachers and students. 

The CM program encourages and promotes consistent and conscientious effort on the part of the student, and rewards meritorious achievement with certificates and special recognition. The program is based on a solid foundation of systematic progression through eleven (11) Levels, from Preparatory through Advanced (Level 10). 

The CM program includes students performing musical repertoire and technique based on requirements set forth in an applicable instrument Syllabus (e.g. Harp, Piano, Winds, Strings, Voice). Outstanding young musicians are given the opportunity to appear on State Convention programs.  Please visit the Certificate of Merit page here.

The San Francisco Branch of MTAC sponsors monthly recitals for students of branch members. Recitals feature performers of all levels and ages and are open to the public free of charge. We also offer special recitals featuring MTAC-SF Branch Piano Competition winners and one member of the MTAC Young Artist Guild. Please visit the Recitals and Concerts page here.

Our annual master classes are designed to enrich our students by having internationally renowned artists as master teachers. In the past we have had artists such as Karl Schnabel, John O'Conner, Adam Wibrowsky, John Perry, Eduardo Delgado and Jane Bastien for piano and former Metropolitan Opera star Lucine Amara for an unforgettable vocal master class which was part of our 100 year celebration. Please visit the Master Classes page here.

The purpose of themed festivals is to celebrate music from a particular theme in a more friendly and welcoming environment, as opposed to a competition. The festival will consist of one day of auditions from which approximately 20 students will be selected to perform for the general public in the festival’s gala concert at the historic Old First Church.  Please visit the Branch Music Festival page here.

Here is an opportunity to give your students, both adults and children, performing experience and to do a good deed, all at once! Music teachers are also welcome to perform, too!! Come and represent the Branch as we contribute to community outreach. 

The MTAC is giving two volunteer one-hour concerts for seniors who reside at the Jewish Home of San Francisco, in the Frank Family Lounge, at 302 Silver Avenue. Click here: Jewish Home of San Francisco. For more information please visit the Community Outreach page here.