TMTA SA Theory

The purpose of the Theory Test is to evaluate SA members’ musical knowledge of and the ability to apply theory, aural, and musicianship concepts across a broad musical spectrum.

The Whitlock Theory Tests are named in honor of Dr. E. Clyde Whitlock.  Dr. Whitlock is remembered for being a charter member of TMTA, a distinguished music educator, and adjudicator. Each year the TMTA Theory Committee prepares tests for levels 1-12. Students enrolled in school grades 1-12 may take these tests in the fall or spring. Local Associations administer the tests in a professional atmosphere. The Student Affiliate Theory Syllabus and Student Manual specifies the content of the tests.

IMPORTANT:  All testing is done by local associations.  Procedures and deadlines for registering with your local chair will vary by association. 

For more information or questions:

  • Students and parents: Contact your teacher.
  • Teachers: Refer to the TMTA Handbook or contact your Local Theory Chair.
  • Local Theory Chairs: Contact the TMTA Office.

Teacher Information

Implementation schedule of the 2015 SYLLABUS

  • 2019 Fall and 2020 Spring – Levels 1-11
  • 2020 Fall and 2021 Spring – Levels 1-12 ALL LEVELS

Reference Materials

Testing Aids

Other Information


Local Theory Chair Information