MMTA Foundation

The MMTA Foundation is committed to improving the quality of music education in Minnesota by supporting the educational and charitable objectives of MMTA.

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About the MMTA Foundation

MMTAF offers Teacher, District and Local Association Grants, Travel Grants for Minnesota winners of MTNA division performance competitions, and Monetary Awards for students who have demonstrated superior achievement in MMTA educational exams. Additional achievement awards include the Young Artist Winner, Student Composition Winner and Student of the Year.

“The grant I received from the MMTA Foundation has been instrumental in helping me take lessons to prepare for my upcoming recitals. Studying and doing my art also helps me to be a better piano teacher. Thank you!"

- Kathryn Horntvedt, MMTA Teacher from Rochester, MN


Bravo Advertisements

Looking for a way to honor your student(s) that participated in the 2024 Piano Contest? The MMTA Foundation is here to help with Bravo Ads! Parents, teachers and friends of Honors Concert participants are encouraged to congratulate your student with a Bravo Ad! Bravo Ads include a photo of the performer and a brief congratulatory message which will be compiled into a video slideshow and will be shown at the Honors Concert for family and friends to admire.  To make an ad:

The Bravo Ad submission form is now open!
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MMTA Foundation State Fellow Award

The Minnesota Music Teachers Association Foundation State Fellow Award recognizes and honors music teachers and members (current and former) of MMTA for their outstanding, long-lasting, and inspiring contributions to music education in the state of Minnesota.

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Used Music Sale

Support the MMTA Foundation with your purchase of new and gently used music. The MMTA Foundation supports teachers and students through grants, awards and scholarships. Suggested purchase price is 50% of retail. Free local pick-up in Blaine, Bloomington or Woodbury, or buyer pays flat rate $3.99 shipping.

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How to Contribute

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Donation checks payable to "MMTA Foundation" may be mailed to:

MMTA Foundation
10800 Lyndale Ave. S., Ste. 120
Bloomington, MN  55420.

Grants and Awards

Robert Schmitt Professional Development Grants

The MMTA Foundation provides financial assistance for music teachers undertaking projects which enhance their professional development. Funding provided through a generous gift from Schmitt Music Company.

Application deadline: 

April 15, 2024

District/Local Association Grant Application

MMTA Districts and Local Associations are encouraged to apply for assistance in funding educational programs.

Application deadline: 

July 1, 2024

Student of the Year Award

Given to a senior in High School, the Student of the Year Award honors a music student who demonstrates involvement in MMTA programs. The candidate should display a strong record of service to his or her community through music; participation in musical ensembles; and skill as a performer and creative musician.

The winning student is awarded $1,000. This award is presented at the MMTA Foundation Award Winners Recital held the Sunday evening prior to the MMTA Convention.

Application deadline: 

May 1, 2024

Student MMTA Exam Awards

A large portion of MMTA Foundation distributions fund the Student MMTA Exam Awards. Monetary awards are given to the highest-scoring students after each academic year.


Board of Directors

Co-Presidents: Sue Freeman Dopp and Eva Huntington

Vice President: Caroline Langfeld

Secretary: Megan Gilles

Treasurer: Emily Rudquist NCTM

Directors:  Camille Buddecke NCTM, Laura Harding NCTM, Kay Koehnen NCTM, Dr. Esther Wang, Dr. Zhiyu Wang