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, 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 October 2022

Newcastle Teachers’ Festival

“Performing At Your Best”Join fellow teachers to explore & finesse the elements of great performance. Examine ...

9:00 am - 5:00 pm
582 Freemans Drive, Cooranbong
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16 October 2022

Junior Music Festival Northern Beaches

Junior Music Festivals offer young music students the opportunity to perform in a friendly, relaxed and ...

12:30 pm - 6:00 pm
1977 Pittwater Road, Bayview
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23 October 2022

Piano Masterclass with Natalia Ricci

Piano Masterclass with Natalia Ricci. Students and teachers are welcome to observe and is open ...

11:00 am - 4:00 pm
582 Freemans Drive, Cooranbong
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30 October 2022

Junior Music Festival Burwood

Bookings for this festival are now closed. Junior Music Festivals offer young music students the opportunity to ...

12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Church Street, Burwood
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31 October 2022

The Non-Scary Guide to Super-Useful Composition Software: Notation and DAWs

Presented by Katie Wardrobe Two of the most useful programs that all musicians can learn are notation ...

10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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