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MTA Covid Information

Posted on: 14 July 2021

The Music Teachers’ Association of NSW is getting enquiries from our members about whether we should be teaching music lessons in person. The MTA strongly advises teachers in the Greater Sydney area not to deliver face-to-face teaching at this time. The government advice is to reconsider what we regard as essential work, and to not leave home or allow visitors unless we absolutely have to.

We advise all our members to consult the Service NSW website. Information for Greater Sydney is here:
and for regional and rural areas of NSW here:

After enquiries from our members, we contacted Service NSW, and there is no specific advice about music lessons. We have been advised that police have been given the authority to decide whether a breach of the regulations has occurred, and whether fines should be issued. This is includes the circumstance of a neighbour or passer-by phoning the police or Crime Stoppers to report a suspected breach.

There are also new requirements for use of QR codes. The information from Service NSW is here:
This applies to many situations, including business premises where “a service is provided directly to members of the public on a regular basis.”

We strongly advise all our members in the Greater Sydney area to err on the side of caution in their decision-making at this difficult time. The Delta strain is much more contagious than the virus we dealt with last year, and much more transmissible in households and indoor spaces. It is not clear that there is any safe way to be in a room with another person without risking transmission of the virus, even with masks and regular surface-wiping.
Please, let’s all of us do everything we can to stop the spread. Let’s look for ways to reduce movement of ourselves and our students. This is about everyone working together to keep safe: the more of us who stay home, the safer we all are, the safer our loved ones are, and the sooner we get out of this lockdown.

We are thinking of you all, both city and country, in this weary and difficult time. Our thoughts are particularly with those who are directly affected, either by contact with the virus, or by personal health concerns. Your MTA is here to support you: please contact the office if there’s anything we can do to help you.
Stay safe everyone. Let’s all hope for better news soon.

Member’s Facebook Group

Posted on: 21 September 2020

Join the new member's Facebook page by following the link in the member's area.

Conference 2021 – Inspire – now online via zoom

Posted on: 16 September 2019

24/25 September, 2021 - now online via zoom

Junior Music Festivals 2019

Posted on: 31 July 2018


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 Country New South Wales.

They are open to students of both members and non-members of the MTA.

Prizes are awarded in all sections, with participants receiving a Certificate of Participation and a report from the adjudicator.  Entrants must be aged under 16 years of age as at 31st July and may enter at only one venue per year per instrument.

Each Festival is divided into sections, according to the grade/ability of the student.

Students may enter for more than one venue.

Novice Beginners to Preliminary
Elementary 1st and 2nd Grade
Intermediate 3rd and 4th Grade
Late Intermediate 5th and 6th Grade
Advanced* 7th and 8th Grade
The Miriam Hyde Piano Award** Beginners to 8th Grade
*Advanced section to be held at  Newcastle, Northern Beaches, St George/Sutherland and Wollongong venues only.

**The Miriam Hyde Award will be offered at any one of the above venues on the condition that 3 or more competitors have entered. Trophy prizes to be awarded at the adjudicator’s discretion. The competitor must play a piece composed by Miriam Hyde and the time limit will be 5 minutes. This award is open to piano students only.

Any recognised examination board grading system is acceptable.

2019 Dates

The Junior Music Festivals for 2019 will be held at the following locations:

Burwood 27th October
Hills District 8th September
Killara 18th August
Newcastle 23rd June
Northern Beaches 15th September
St. George/ Sutherland 17th November
Wollongong 2nd November