For over 100 years, the Music Teachers' Association of NSW (until 1975 known as 'The Musical Association') has continued to fulfill the role of the professional organisation servicing the needs of studio music teachers within NSW.
The MTA is administered by a Council of skilled professionals who devote their time in a voluntary capacity to organise regular professional development workshops, conferences and seminars for teachers, scholarships for students and performance opportunities to encourage young performers. Social events are also held at regular intervals, and all are welcome to attend.
Membership of the MTA is open not just to studio teachers, but to all those interested in furthering the work of the Association that includes maintaining high teaching standards in music education and promoting the study, practice and knowledge of music. The Association also aims to support and protect the character, status and common interests of studio teachers, whilst working to raise their prestige within the public arena.
The MTA is the only official organisation in NSW with the ability to offer Accreditation to qualified studio teachers, a role previously held by the Sydney Conservatorium. Whilst membership of the MTA is not a condition of Accreditation, it is hoped that all accredited teachers would wish to be part of this vital professional body.
As a service to the public, the Association also maintains a referral service for those seeking a music teacher, as well as retaining a library for the use of members. The Studio keeps members abreast with the latest developments in music education and subscriptions to the journal are open to all.
The Association has two branches, Newcastle and Illawarra, that care for the needs of members in those particular regions.