Professional Development

The Music Teachers' Association of NSW encourages its members to take part in ongoing professional development, to enhance their skills and keep up with the latest research into musical pedagogy.

Face-to-Face Workshops

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 the What's Happening section of this website.

First Thursdays

On the first Thursday of every month during school terms, MTA NSW offers free professional development sessions to its members, on a variety of topics related to music teaching.

These regular professional development sessions were originally the brainchild of MTA Member Annette Allerding, who wanted music teachers to be able to meet and share ideas. Originally named Keys, Cakes and Conversation (KCC) the group went online during Covid, and eventually reached numbers often in excess of 50 teachers, meeting each month on Zoom. The Music Teachers' Association of NSW is delighted to bring these sessions into our fold. We want the sessions to continue to be free to our members, but we also believe it is important to pay presenters for their valuable time. So we ask you to consider a giving a donation towards the costs if you are able. You will be given the option to donate when you book your place.


MTA NSW holds conferences usually every 2 years. Conference 2021 Inspire was held online due to the Covid 19 lockdown, but was a huge success. The next conference is expected to be held in 2024.