Carnival Info for Teachers


KMTA uses Music Literacy Program (MLP) evaluations developed by the Washington State Music Teachers Association (WSMTA) at our Music Carnival event. Tests are available in 10 progressive levels in the subject areas of Ear Training, Rhythm, Sight Reading, Technique and Written Theory. Some subject areas are further differentiated with separate tests for Treble Instruments vs. Keyboard.

In addition to the tests above, students can earn ribbons for ungraded, non-competitive Solo Performance, Ensemble Performance, Art or Written Projects, Music Theory Games, Composition and more!

  • It is the responsibility of each teacher to prepare your students to be successful in the Music Literacy Program tests and other Carnival activities.
  • The WSMTA MLP page hosts Music Literacy Program Curriculum Guides and other resources to assist in test preparation. As you use the Guide to determine the appropriate exam levels for each student, err on the side of success.
  • Especially helpful are the MLP check lists for scales at each level, and other required exam materials.
  • Teachers should distribute this Parent Information Letter detailing the Carnival and Music Literacy Program.


Registration is generally open from March 1 – 15.

Carnival Registration Worksheet PDF, 2023  (also available as a spreadsheet on the WSMTA site)

ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM: KMTA Carnival and WSMTA Music Literacy Program

There is a teacher fee of $40.00 which is waived for teachers that meet either of the following:

    • WSMTA/KMTA member teachers (become a KMTA/WSMTA/MTNA member — dues reduced by 50% at this time of year!), or
    • Teachers who are not members but are willing to help the day of the Carnival


  • Submit Scale Keys: Students registered for Technique (not needed for in-studio testing*)
  • Forward this Parent Permission Slip and Liability Release Forms link to all your participating families after registration has closed. (not needed for in-studio testing*)


  • Any parents or students (13+) that would like to volunteer at the carnival can sign up here!
  • The carnival personnel/assignment list is in our Members Only section.
  • A training meeting for all examiners (teachers only) is held prior to the regular April membership meeting. See the Calendar for this year’s date and time.


The 2024 Music Literacy Program may be offered both in-person and virtually through private music studios, where individual teachers give their own students the WSMTA Music Literacy Program exams.

However, in-person attendance at the Carnival is strongly recommended, as it allows for:

  • pooling of teacher resources and time to give and grade tests;
  • all tests administered and grading completed in one day;
  • testing wrapped in a fun social event for both students and teachers.

For teachers administering MLP exams in-studio:

  • Test papers, test questions, and information about administering the tests will become available at testing time via password-protected page (to be posted).
  • Only teachers who register their students for 2024 will be given password access to the page.
  • Testing must be concluded by (TBA).


Options for Print-Your-Own Posters: Black/White or Full Color.


Contact any of the following with questions:

Debra Florian, NCTM                                        Dianne Johnston, WSCTM
KMTA Music Carnival Chair                              KMTA Music Literacy Program Chair
360-434-8684                                                   360-930-0168                          

Melanie Stroud, NCTM                                     Diane Layton, NCTM
KMTA Carnival Co-Chair                                  Music Literacy Program Co-Chair             
360-434-2117                                                   360-633-5082