Theory Test

THEORY COORDINATOR
Nancy Shelton, [email protected]

TEST SITES
The theory tests are given during the District Achievement Auditions held in various sites in each district from February to April.

STUDENT ELIGIBILITY
Students in grades 1-12 may take the Theory Test as a performance entrant in the District Achievement Audition, or the student may enter Theory Only in the District Achievement Audition. Students must possess adequate reading skills. (A kindergarten student who has prepared for, and can read the Level 1 theory test is allowed to take Level 1).

TEACHER ELIGIBILITY
Teacher eligibility requirements for all OMTA auditions are listed in the Rules Applicable to All OMTA Auditions.

THEORY TEST LEVEL 
1. The teacher will determine the test level for each student.
Level 1 will be only for those students in school grades 1st through 3rd unless it is the student's first year of study. (A kindergarten student who has prepared for, and can read the Level 1 theory test is allowed to take Level 1.)
Level 2 will be limited to those students in 2nd through 6th grades unless it is the student's first year of study.
2. Theory test levels may be changed up to one week after the entry deadline.
3. Students who score 75 or above will advance to the next level the following year. Students who score below 75 may repeat the same level, may drop to the next lower test level, or advance to the next level.

ENTRY PROCEDURES
1. Teachers will enroll students on the District Achievement entry form. The theory entry fee for students participating in the Solo or Merit Division is included in the performance entry fee.
2. The fee for THEORY ONLY is $5.00. Theory Only entries must be on the official District Achievement Audition entry form.
3. The theory tests are administered in English. The teacher is responsible for contacting the District Audition Chair for students with English as a second language in reading and writing, or students with special needs.  

THEORY OUTLINE
1. Theory Guidelines New material in each category is printed in bold.
2. It is the responsibility of the teacher to include any sign or symbol associated with the concepts presented in each category within the theory level.
3. Piano and Voice entrants will use the Outline for Levels 1-12 for the written portion of the test.
4. Flute entrants will use the Flute Outline, Levels 3-8, for the written portion of the test.
5. String entrants will use the String Outline, Levels 3-8, for the written portion of the test.
6. The Aural Awareness portion of the test will be identical for all entrants. Examples in the aural portion of the test will be played on the piano.

AWARDS
The score on the theory test determines the awards given to the entrants.
Level 1
Grade of 50-large certificate/pin
Grade of 44-49-blue ribbon
Grade of 38-43-red Ribbon
Level 2-12
Grade of 100-large certificate /pin
Grade of 90-99-blue ribbon
Grade of 80-89-red ribbon

CLAUDIA BUSSE THEORY AWARD
This award will be presented to each graduating senior who has taken the theory test beginning with level 8-9 and advancing each year to the next level for 4 consecutive years. Grade Requirement: at least 3 grades above 80 and one grade no lower than 75 for an average of at least 80. (Students will be allowed to take two levels in one year to "catch up".) 

OMTA THEORY AWARD
This award will be presented to each graduating senior who has taken the theory test for five consecutive years beginning at the minimum of Level 4 and advancing a level each year. This award is for outstanding progress in theory and the minimum grade each year must be. This award will benefit late beginners and instrumental and voice students. Seniors who have taken theory tests for 5 consecutive years (minimum level 4) and have progressed each year with a grade of at least 90 will receive the Progress Award. (Students will be allowed to take two levels in one year to "catch up".)