Theory

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, as do test dates and locations.  

For more information or questions:

  • Students and parents: Contact your teacher.  If your teacher is unsure, contact your local association.
  • Teachers: Refer to the TMTA Handbook or contact your Local Theory Chair.
  • Local Theory Chairs: Contact the TMTA Office.

Teacher Information

LEVELS 1-11 NOW USE THE 2015 EDITION SYLLABUS.

LEVEL 12 WILL BEGIN USING THE 2015 EDITION SYLLABUS IN THE FALL OF 2020.

Reference Materials

Testing Aids

Other Information

Certificates

Local Theory Chair Information