Scale Olympics 2018

Scale Olympics is an amazing event that gives piano students the opportunity to set goals in the areas of technique and theory.  Students may enter any number of the nine events offered: Scales, Cadences, Arpeggios, Triads, Harmonization, Transposition, Sight Reading, Theory, and Ear Training. Each event is offered at nine levels of difficulty so even beginners can participate.

Students are awarded ribbons, based on points, for every event they enter. Students entering all nine events have the opportunity to receive one of the two top awards. The Blue Rosette is awarded to students receiving Blue Ribbons in all nine events; the Yellow Rosette is awarded to students with 117 or more points and no more than two Red Ribbons.

Our next Scale Olympics will be held in 2020.  In the meantime, you can learn more about this event by reading the information below for Scale Olympics 2018.

Saturday, October 6, 2018
from 9 am to 5 pm
Battelle Fine Arts Center – Otterbein University, Westerville

Fees per student:
Members: $25.00 for 1-4 events; $30.00 for 5-9 events
Non-Members: $50.00 for 1-4 events; $60.00 for 5-9 events


Registration is on-line only. Teachers will need to fill out the teacher registration form FIRST, then the student one, which will give them one student entry per form, but asks at the bottom of each page if they wish to enter another response. The student form can be accessed and more students entered at any time during the registration period.

Teacher Registration Form

Student Registration Form

Registration Deadline:  September 3, 2018
Registration is first-come, first-served. Teachers enrolling students are required to volunteer a full half-day the ‘day of’ Scale Olympics. Teachers unable to volunteer should not register students. No substitutes.

To download the 2018 Scale Olympics Handbook click HERE

To download the Copyright Representation and Indemnification Agreement for Use of Downloaded/Computer-Generated Music (see Transposition) click HERE

Judges Training Sessions – required for all judges.
Graves Piano & Organ Co.
Thursday, September 20, 10:00am-12:00pm
Friday, September 21, 10:00 am-12:00pm
Choose one to attend.

Harmonization has a separate training session required for harmonization judges.
Graves’ Piano & Organ Co. Keyboard Room
Friday, September 28, 10:00am-12:00pm
Unless you are judging another event in addition to harmonization, you do not need to attend one of the other training sessions.

Ketherine Bede –
Laura Wynia –

Practice tests for Levels 2 and 4 of Ear Training are available below.
These will help teachers get an understanding of how the tests are formatted,
and be more comfortable as they prepare their students for this event.
To download, click on the links below.

Scale Olympics Level Prep Five Pages PRACTICE Ear Training Tests
Special thanks to Eik Siang Mar at

Scale Olympics Level 2 PRACTICE Ear Training test

Scale Olympics Level 4 PRACTICE Ear Training Test

We are also providing examples of rhythmic dictation for Levels 4-8,
to help your students learn to notate the rhythm they hear.

Preparing for Rhythmic Dictation

Level 4 PRACTICE Test Dictations

Additionally, there is a video showing how the Ear Training Tests will be administered.  The video uses the Level 2 Practice Ear Training test. However, all tests will be administered in the same fashion.  To view the video, click on the link below:

Updated January 15 , 2019.