For Students

Each year there are a number of performance opportunities that students of members or non-members may enter, including:

  • Junior Music Festivals
  • Student Concerts
  • Masterclasses
  • Scholarships

Junior Music Festivals

The Junior Music Festivals were introduced in 1995, with the aim of offering young music students the opportunity to perform in a friendly, relaxed and encouraging environment.  They are held in various locations throughout Sydney and also Newcastle and Wollongong. They are open to students of both members and non-members of the MTA.

Further information can be found here

Student Concerts

Student concerts provide students with an opportunity to play in front of a friendly audience. They are held in various locations in Sydney, Newcastle and the Illawarra.

HSC Pre-Exam concerts are open to HSC students who are about to sit their HSC examinations. The performances will be judged by an HSC marker using the syllabus objectives of the NSW HSC Music Syllabus. Students will receive a report with valuable feedback to help prepare for the upcoming HSC exams. 

Further information on the HSC Symposium can be found here

Further information on the Advanced Concert can be found here


Masterclasses are an opportunity for students and teachers to learn together from great teachers and performers. They are held in various locations. For information about upcoming masterclasses, see the What's Happening page.


The MTA offers various scholarships on a regular basis to encourage performance experience and further study opportunities for aspiring young musicians and vocalists. These scholarships are offered in a variety of instrumental and vocal fields. Some scholarships are offered every year, and some are offered in alternate years.

Further information on all scholarships can be found here

Student membership

Student membership is available to full-time music students enrolled in a recognised tertiary undergraduate diploma or degree course or teachers who are studying music full-time in a recognised tertiary degree or diploma. Student members receive discounted membership, and can be fully involved in all MTA activities. Student membership may only be held for four years and evidence of student status must be included with the membership application form.

How do I apply?

You can download an application form, or contact the office on 02 8000 3780.

Student Resources

The MTA runs a comprehensive online teacher directory. Please use the link above to search our database of accredited teachers. The teachers listed on this website are fully qualified private music teachers.

  • 2024 Directory of Accredited Teachers E-book

A resource for the music education sector, the directory provides names and contact details of accredited music teachers across NSW and will help music students find an accredited teacher in their area. This publication will be distributed to primary and secondary government and non-government schools, as well as universities, selected institutions, conservatoriums, retail outlets and Music Teachers’ Associations nationally. An eBook copy of this 2024 publication can be accessed here.

  • Child Safe Standards

The Music Teachers' Association of NSW Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct can be accessed here.