Established in 1930 the Music Teachers’ Association of SA Inc. is the premier professional association for private studio music teachers in South Australia. It exists for the benefit of members and endeavours to promote their career development and the quality of service they give their pupils.
Throughout the year MTASA provides opportunities for members to appear publicly as presenters and teachers and offers high quality professional development in a wide variety of areas associated with private teaching. It achieves this through a regular program of conferences, professional development days, pupils’ concerts and competitions, published articles and reviews.
Additional benefits of membership include a bi-monthly newsletter, SA Music Teacher, regular posts on MTASA’s website, Facebook and associated media and inclusion in the Directory of Teachers, available online, which provides public recognition of members’ qualified professional status benchmarked to a national standard.
Aims and Scope of the Association
MTASA was founded in 1930. It is one of six state MTAs which operate on broadly similar principles and with similar aims. They maintain a degree of cohesion in connection with significant issues for the private music teaching sector.
The aims of MTASA are:
1/ to provide public recognition of appropriately credentialled private music teachers
2/ to provide suitable professional development for members
The scope of MTASA activities in providing the above include the following:
1/ Setting benchmark qualification levels for membership
2/ Ensuring appropriate, sufficient and ongoing professional development is undertaken by members.
3/ Providing a range of professional development activities suitable for a membership cohort that covers a broad spectrum of instrumental and vocal teaching styles and genres
4/ Assisting members’ through the provision of pupils performing events including prize competitions, pupils’ concerts and master-classes covering a wide variety of levels, styles and genres.
5/ Informing members of developments in music education, upcoming music events and the activities of other associations which might impact and enhance members’ professional endeavours
6/ Developing MTASA’s presence for the benefit of members through its website and other media.
7/ Maintaining links with other MTAs and professional music education associations to improve the settings within which members and their pupils operate.