• Artists of the Future

    In collaboration with the Beach Cities Symphony, the South Bay Branch sponsors an annual concerto competition for a performance on the symphony's spring concert. Up to four student winners of branch members are featured as soloists, playing a single concerto movement or singing three songs with the orchestra.

  • Baroque Recital

    Instrumentalists and vocalists may perform original works of any Baroque composer, including Johann Sebastian Bach, at the Junior Baroque Recital which is not adjudicated.

  • California Plan (CAL PLAN)

    The California Plan (Cal Plan) is a voluntary self-study program, and through its curriculum it establishes a definite minimum standard of knowledge for the teaching of music. The full Cal Plan curriculum is designed for teachers with limited experience who do not have enough points to become Provisional or Active members of MTAC. For more information, log onto the State MTAC website:

  • Community Outreach (MSSL)

    Music Students' Service League (MSSL)

    Music Students’ Service League South Bay Branch (MSSL-SBB) is a branch sponsored community outreach program.  MSSL-SBB allows students to integrate service experiences with their music studies, which enhances their performance curriculum, fosters a spirit of volunteerism and benefits the community.  MSSL-SBB is also an opportunity for the students to learn about professional organization and its procedures as well as to increase students' knowledge and help prepare them for leadership roles in the future.   The MSSL-SBB members share their gift of music with the community by giving recitals in senior citizens’ homes, helping at South Bay Branch events and by engaging in other music-related volunteer activities.


    2014-2015 MSSL Standing Rules (PDF)

  • Composers' Today

    The purpose of the Composers Today program is to encourage teachers and students to use their knowledge and skills to compose music and foster creativity. The Composers Today program provides the following opportunities for students and teachers to be evaluated by State MTAC approved adjudicators:


    Composition Evaluations

    Convention Symposium (Recital)

    State MTAC Contest

    Film Scoring



    Young Composers Guild (YCG)


    The YCG is the pinnacle of the Composers Today program. An accepted student is granted membership in the Guild for five years upon recommendation by a panel of composition evaluators. During this five-year tenure, the YCG member may be offered semi-professional performance opportunities through MTAC branch-sponsored concerts and semi-professional publishing opportunities. For more information, log onto the State MTAC website:



    Composers Today Branch Recital


    South Bay Branch offers an annual Composers Today Recital for students of branch members. This is separate from the State Composers Today program and provides a non-competitive recital and evaluation.

  • Scholarship Auditions

    Each year, the South Bay Branch holds an audition in the Spring to select outstanding students to receive scholarship awards. Students of all Active and Provisional members of the South Bay Branch are eligible to compete for these scholarship awards. Awards are based solely on musical merit and not on financial need. All the winners are presented in a public recital in May.

  • Southern California Junior Bach Festival

    The Southern California Junior Bach Festival is not an MTAC program but is administered annually through branches of MTAC. It is open to all disciplines to perform the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. The Festival is an extensive, multi-tiered event which begins at the branch level in March and provides the opportunity for outstanding students to advance to higher levels, culminating in the Complete Works Auditions the following fall. Participants must be students of active and provisional members of MTAC South Bay Branch. For more information, log onto

  • Student Recitals

    High School Age and Under


    Each year the branch presents four to five recitals. Students of all levels of our branch members are encouraged to participate. These recitals are open to the public and present a wide variety of repertoire. Memorization is optional for all disciplines.



    Adult Student Recitals


    Adult students (beyond high school age) have the opportunity to perform in a public recital without the memorization requirement in an informal and supportive studio setting. Soloists and ensembles of all disciplines are encouraged to participate.

  • VOCE

    VOCE provides an opportunity for student vocalists, orchestral instrumentalists and chamber ensembles to be evaluated either on a non-competitive or competitive basis. Non-competive performers are highly encouraged to participate. The winners of the competitive category will proceed to compete at the MTAC State VOCE competition in April and have the opportunity to perform at the Branch Annual Business Meeting Luncheon held in June. The winners from the State competition perform at the State MTAC convention in the summer. For more information log onto the State MTAC website:

  • Certificate of Merit

    Student Goal


    Student Opportunities


    Young Artist Guild (YAG)

  •     Student Goal

    Provide a systematic and comprehensive program of performance, sight-reading, technique, theory and ear-training that can be accomplished by the majority of students.

  •     Student Opportunities

    Annual evaluation includes performance, technique, sight-reading, written theory and ear training.


    Awards include: Annual Certificate, Senior Awards, Honors Recitals and Convention Programs.


    For more information log onto the State MTAC website:

  •     Young Artist Guild (YAG)

    Young Artist Guild (YAG) is the highest award granted to a Certificate of Merit student. Students who are awarded by invitation to join YAG will perform at the YAG Recital at the State MTAC Convention in the summer. YAG provides semi-professional, paid performance opportunities to its membership of selected students through branch-sponsored concerts. For more information log onto the State MTAC website: