About Us

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 skills-based Board of volunteer directors, at least half of whom are Accredited Members. The valuable work of the MTA encompasses among other things: organising regular professional development workshops; conferences and seminars for teachers; scholarships for students; performance opportunities to encourage young performers; and advocating on behalf of members and the profession generally.  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 Accreditation is not a condition of Membership of the MTA, it is hoped that all teachers would wish to become Accredited Members of the MTA.

As a service to the public, the Association also maintains a referral service for those seeking a music teacher. Our magazine, 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.