Getting Started with MMTA


I joined MMTA!  Now what?

MMTA is a busy organization with many great opportunities for both members and their students.  However, this also makes MMTA a complicated organism!  We’re here to help so don’t hesitate to reach out as you get started.  The best place to look is our Guide to MMTA, offering a welcome letter from our VP Membership and an explanation of what MMTA can do for you and your students.

To begin with, members of the Membership Committee contact new members and pair them with a mentor.  Mentors meet with new members to help them get started with MMTA and answer any questions a new member may have.

Request a mentor here

New members may also contact the MMTA Office and persons on the Board of Directors to seek guidance and ask any additional questions they may have.

A welcome letter and contest list are mailed from the MMTA to new members 2-4 weeks after they join following confirmation of membership from Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), or upon receipt of a membership application (High School and Junior members only).

MMTA Programs

Ready to get students involved in MMTA?  Select ONE program to begin with - a contest, an exam, or a festival. 

  • Read General Rules and Procedures for all MMTA Programs.
  • Review theory requirements.
  • Read through requirements for the program.  Purchase or acquire all materials listed. 
  • Select repertoire for or with your student(s).  Ask students and their parents to purchase music, workbook(s), and any other materials the student may need.
  • Select an event for the student(s) to participate in, then register student(s) before the deadline.
  • Give the student(s) schedule information when sent to you prior to the event.
  • Volunteer to help on the day of the event to not only encourage your student(s), but also to see first-hand how the event is structured and gain additional insight into the program.
  • Distribute critique(s) to student(s) sent to you following the event.

Continue with other program(s) as you gain familiarity with MMTA and see opportunities to use MMTA program materials in your studio.

MTNA Resources

Member Resources

Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) offers a variety of resources to members.  Because MMTA members are also members of MTNA, they may take full advantage of all that MTNA provides.  Resources include:

  • Professional Support
  • Legal Counsel
  • Webinars
  • Discounts on office supplies and other materials

Visit the MTNA Member Resources page for additional information.


MTNA also has a variety of forums where members may share ideas with one another about teaching and being a professional musician.  Forums include:

  • Local Associations
  • Independent Music Teachers Forum (IMTF)
  • Wellness
  • Arts Advocacy
  • Collaborative Performance

Visit MTNA Forums page to learn more.