What is Accreditation?

Accreditation is the attainment of an acceptable level of music teaching skills.  An Accredited private music teacher, who may also hold an appropriate music teaching degree or diploma, is considered to be able to teach effectively and competently.  All private music teachers are encouraged to seek Accreditation in order to continually raise the status of the music teaching profession.

What Qualifications are Required to Gain Accreditation?

Category A
(Formal Qualifications)
Teachers may hold a degree or diploma in music/music education from a recognised tertiary institution. This qualification must include a course in individual instrumental or vocal pedagogy.
Category B
(without Formal Qualifications)
Teachers without formal qualifications may be considered for accreditation if they can produce evidence of successful professional teaching. This can include references, list of students' achievements, etc.
Category C
(Contemporary Teachers)
Teachers of contemporary music may be considered for accreditation if they have evidence of all or some of the following:

  • Be accepted as a teacher of contemporary/jazz/popular music at a tertiary institution (eg TAFE, Conservatoria, University etc). This could include teaching of composition via computer/electronic means and audio engineering.
  • Any suitable qualification eg. ADJS, Certificate 4, appropriate Music Theatre qualifications, or a graduate of appropriate courses from the Film & Television School etc.
  • A proven record of successful teaching in the field via references, list of students' achievements, etc.
  • Submission of a CV.

Applying for Accreditation

Simply complete the Accreditation application form and submit to the MTA office along with copies of qualifications or other supporting documentation, and the application fee.

Your application will be considered by the Accreditation Committee and you will be notified in writing regarding the success of your application.

General Information

All Accredited teachers may have their names entered into the Directory of Accredited Private Music Teachers*, which is published annually by the MTA of NSW.  Accredited teachers may also choose to have a listing on the MTA’s web-based teacher search*.

*Annual fee applies.

Teachers are encouraged to attend professional development, in-service courses or seminars and workshops, which the MTA and various other institutions hold from time to time.  It is hoped that all teachers will avail themselves of the opportunity to review current trends in areas such as music education, repertoire, syllabus change, pedagogy, musicianship etc.

The Music Teachers' Association of NSW believes that all teachers working together to further the status of the private music teacher can achieve much both musically and professionally.

Although Accredited Teachers are encouraged to join the MTA of NSW, membership of the Association is not a condition of Accreditation.