Why assess music potential

Everyone has the potential to succeed in music! Gain invaluable insights into students’ individual musical differences, improving instruction:

  • Keep high-aptitude students challenged and engaged
  • Provide extra support to students who need it

Music assessments can identify gifted students to recruit to a school music program.

Why should you trust this assessment?

GIA Publications, Inc. is proud to offer the best, most researched music aptitude and achievement tests on the market for students of all ages. Created by Edwin E. Gordon, a leading scholar in music testing and music education, these tests are the most valid and reliable available today.

Download validation studies below.


How It Works

GIAMusicAssessment.com is a dynamic online tool for music teachers that will effortlessly and accurately assess the ease with which students learn music. You simply purchase the appropriate assessment, your students complete it (no prior music training is needed), and then you get the results! PMMA (Grades K–3) or IMMA (Grades 1–6) can be administered in two 15-minute sessions on two different days, and AMMA (Grades 7–College) can be administered in one 20-minute session. All three assessments yield tonal, rhythm, and composite scores and percentiles.

Which tool should I use?

Each of the three assessments are based on grade level. The PMMA is for grades K–3. The IMMA is for older children (grades 1–6) or younger children who find the PMMA too easy, and the AMMA is for older students, grades 7 through college.

Students entering an upper elementary or middle school music program should select IMMA.

What's Included?
  • Import an entire class using our convenient tools, or add each student individually
  • View raw scores or percentiles
  • Securely store or export the results
What Does It Cost?

Your Account is Free! Then purchase assessment credits starting at $.70 each with a school P.O. or with a credit card. Use 1 credit per student per Assessment for PMMA and IMMA, or 2 credits per student per assessment for AMMA.

The price per credit is based on the number of credits purchased in a single transaction. There is a minimum purchase amount of 30 credits.

Number of Credits Price per Credit
1-100 $1.00
101-200 $.90
201-400 $.80
401 or more $.70

Sample the Assessments

We've created a samples of both the Primary Measures of Music Audiation(PMMA) and the Advanced Measures of Music Audiation(AMMA) assessments for you to try. The IMMA interface is very similar to the PMMA, except the IMMA audio clips are more challenging. The samples will take you through the launch of the assessment through the first two audio clip pairs.

Can a student’s music potential change over time?

Yes! Research shows that students under 10 have music aptitude levels that can fluctuate. Administer PMMA or IMMA at the outset of the school year and again at the end to document a child’s overall change and to evaluate instruction. Proper instruction in music can impact a student for life. Understanding student learning helps teachers adapt instruction for future generations of students!