Welcome to the Music Teachers' Association of NSW

The professional organisation for music teachers of all instruments.


A non-profit dedicated to supporting music teachers of all instruments

The Music Teachers’ Association of NSW was founded in 1912. It is the peak body supporting instrumental and vocal teachers in the state. It provides professional development, social connection, information and support for music teachers, and performance and learning opportunities for their students. We are the Accreditation body for music teachers, encouraging high standards of music teaching and learning. Membership extends to all teachers and supporters in NSW.

What we offer

When you become a member of the Music Teachers Association of NSW, these are a few of the benefits.

Teacher referral service

The MTA runs a comprehensive directory of NSW music teachers, to help teachers find new students, and students find the right teacher.

Professional development

All members are encouraged to attend the various professional development workshops, seminars and masterclasses that are offered by the MTA throughout the year. Details of these events are published in The Studio and on this website.


Accreditation is the attainment of an acceptable level of music teaching skills. An Accredited music teacher is considered to be able to teach effectively and competently. The MTA is the the Accrediting body for vocal and instrumental teachers in New South Wales.

Events for students

The MTA offers a number of performance and learning opportunities that students of members or non-members may enter.

These include Junior Music Festivals, student concerts, scholarships and masterclasses.

Social activities

Our members get together regularly in various places to chat, share teaching ideas and support each other.

Benevolent fund

The MTA Board administers a Benevolent Fund. This fund exists solely to help and support teachers and fellow musicians and their families in times of hardship, brought about through illness, accident or financial distress. Each case is treated with the strictest confidence. Donations to the Benevolent Fund are always welcome.

What's happening

We run social and professional development events. Some are in-person; others are virtual events over Zoom or similar conferencing platforms.

07 March 2024

First Thursday – Online Examinations: What teachers need to know.

In this special 2 hour session, teachers will be able to view examples of what questions ...

10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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21 March 2024

Newcastle Student Concert (Mar)

MTA NSW Newcastle Branch presents a student concert at Adamstown Uniting Church. This concert is an opportunity ...

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
228 Brunker Rd, Adamstown
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24 March 2024

A “Work In Progress” Student Concert

This "work in progress" performance opportunity, provided by MTA NSW Illawarra Branch, is open to all ...

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Murphys Ave, Keiraville NSW 2500
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04 April 2024

First Thursday – April 4

In this session, TBC About the Presenter Brett McKern Dr Brett McKern holds degrees in music, education, theology and ...

10:00 am - 11:30 am
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07 April 2024

HSC Symposium

7 April 2024, Chippen Theatre, 44 Chippen Street, Chippendale WORKSHOP - TBC The CONCERT is open to ...

45 Chippen St, Chippendale NSW 2008
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