The Minnesota Music Teachers Association (MMTA) has developed an outstanding program of piano exams to help motivate students to continue with lessons, practicing, and advancing in their piano playing. The program is rigorous and is not for every student, but many students will benefit from the program. This year, two of my students took the Level Five exam and scored with High Distinction, which, of course, made me very proud. I will continue to encourage my students to consider taking part in the exams. Doing so will guide lessons and practicing toward specific skills and polished performances of music from all different eras of music history.