Become a Member
Membership in the Minnesota Music Teachers Association (MMTA) includes many benefits:
- Programs for students and teachers, including contests and comprehensive examinations for piano, voice and other instruments
- Composition contests for both students and teachers
- Ensemble festivals and other programs designed to nurture and inspire the developing musician
- Syllabi and teaching materials that support students as they learn repertoire, music history, theory and sight playing skills
- Membership publications, including weekly updates, newsletters, an annual Member Handbook listing events and program entry rules, and a directory of members
- Mentoring program to help new members become acquainted with programs and procedures
- Opportunities for continuing education
- Network of Local Associations throughout the state where members can meet for support and professional development
- Low membership dues rates for students (see below.)
A member of MMTA also becomes a member of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA). Founded in 1876, MTNA is a community of committed music professionals which offers to its members a variety of programs, services and benefits, including:
- American Music Teacher, an award-winning bi-monthly journal containing features on various topics of importance to the music teaching profession
- National convention, held annually, offering opportunities for education and networking
- National certification (NCTM) program, providing a path to recognition and promotion of the highest standards of music teaching
- Financial services including health insurance and retirement savings
- Blanket music licensing agreement with ASCAP
- National job placement service
- National performance and composition competition for students
Anyone who is currently active in teaching music is welcome to join MMTA. MMTA does not require submission of transcripts or tests to determine a person's musical ability. Additionally, teachers do not need to have a teaching license, a degree in music, or any special certification. To make membership even easier, new, full-time active members receive a one-time dues rebate after they join.
Members teach out of their homes, in a private studio, or perhaps at a music school. Some MMTA members also teach at public schools or in a college/university setting.
Current members who refer someone to MMTA receive a $5 thank you bonus! Take advantage of this opportunity by submitting a referral information form.
Both MTNA and MMTA offer collegiate membership at reduced prices to allow students to be involved in professional organizations as they prepare for a career in music, and/or wish to advocates for the Arts. Collegiate members have a minor reduction in membership benefits, but the experience gained far outweighs it!
MMTA also offers membership for High School and Junior High students. Membership requires teacher approval. (The student's teacher must be a current member of MMTA.) If the student member has students of their own, they may register them for MMTA events.
Student who are members AND student non-members are invited to attend the annual MMTA Convention at a greatly reduced price. Teachers, please make sure your students know about this great opportunity!