Scale Olympics 2022

Scale Olympics Accomplishments!

Every piano student is a winner at Scale Olympics! Scale Olympics took place on Saturday, October 15th at Otterbein University. A total of 212 students from 26 area teachers, and 24 judges participated in the competition.

Scale Olympics is a biennial piano event held by the Central East District of the Ohio Music Teachers Association. Students in Scale Olympics participate in up to nine musicianship events, including Scales, Cadences, Arpeggios, Triads, Sight-reading, Harmonization, Transposition, Ear Training, and Theory. Students earned individual ribbons for each event in which they participated. Students participating in all nine events could earn either a blue or a yellow rosette, depending on their scores in each event. Congratulations to all who participated!

















Scale Olympics is a fun educational and motivational event, held in even-numbered years, which gives piano students the opportunity to set and accomplish goals in the areas of technique, theory, and musicality.

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 9 levels of difficulty, including Preparatory, so that even beginners can participate.

Students are awarded ribbons, based on points, for every event entered. A Blue ribbon means excellent (13-16 on a 16-point scale), Red means good (9-12 points), and White means fair (8 or fewer points). Students entering all nine events may receive one of the two top ribbon 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.

All requirements for each level are detailed in the Scale Olympics Handbook, which can be downloaded HERE.  (Please note the Handbook that was uploaded in May had a mistake on Lead Sheet Harmonization Level 2 Piece 2 (p. 49) with that piece ending on a G7 chord.  That has been corrected in this July 2 upload to a G chord.)

Scale Olympics 2022 will be held in-person at Otterbein University in the Battelle Fine Arts Center on Saturday, October 15th. Students may request Early Morning, Late Morning, Early Afternoon or Late Afternoon at the time of registration.


Theory and Ear Training tests will be taken online this year!  Students will receive links for the tests prior to Scale Olympics and take the tests prior to coming to Scale Olympics.  Students will receive their scores and ribbons for these events at Scale Olympics.

There are two tracks for Harmonization:  Traditional and Lead Sheet. In the Lead Sheet Harmonization Track students will do the two prepared pieces given in the Scale Olympics Handbook for their level. In the Traditional Harmonization Track students will play the prepared piece from the Scale Olympics Handbook, plus an at-sight piece. The Level 4 Harmonization piece for the Traditional Track has been changed from “Camptown Races” to “The Marine’s Hymn”.  The Scale Olympics Handbook has been updated with these changes.

Members: $30 for 1-4 events; $35 for 5-9 events
Non-members: $60 for 1-4 events; $70 for 5-9 events
Please submit one check per teacher, payable to CEOMTA.
Checks from students will not be accepted.

Registration will be done online through this website and opens July 7.
Registration closes on September 3.

To fill out the Teacher Registration form click HERE.

To fill out the Student Registration form click HERE. Teachers should submit one Student Registration form per participating student.

**Teachers enrolling students are expected to volunteer a half-day on the day of Scale Olympics. Teachers unable to volunteer should not register students

**The Copyright Indemnification form for downloaded music chosen for the Transposition event will be made available at a later date.

Please check the website regularly for updated information.

Laura Wynia – (614) 876-6875 –


Updated 11/06/22