Member Options Explained

Full Member by tertiary qualification

A professional standard of teaching is required for Full Membership.

The Membership Committee will apply the following criteria in assessing applications for this category of Full Membership:

  1. Evidence of a major study in the instrument(s) to be taught as part of an approved music degree, diploma or equivalent qualification awarded on satisfactory completion of a tertiary course of study that is of at least three years full-time duration.
  1. Evidence of approved studies in music education/teaching/pedagogy consisting of at least 135 hours of study (approximately one quarter of a full-year’s academic study) in tertiary courses;

or

Evidence of equivalent attendance hours at recognized Professional Development Courses such as those offered by universities, TAFE colleges and professional music organizations such as MTASA (or another MTA), AMEB, Orff, Yamaha, Suzuki, AUSTA, ANATS, ASME, etc.

A minimum of seven hours documented Professional Development will be required each year.

MTASA Members are always encouraged to write to the Secretary about any concerns that they may have.  If you are wishing to obtain exemption from the annual Professional Development requirement you should write and include copies of supporting documents (medical certificate, etc.) with your letter.  The MTASA Council will consider your request.

Full Member by RPL

A professional standard of teaching is required for Full Membership RPL.

The Membership Committee will apply the following criteria in assessing applications for this category of Full Membership:

  1. A minimum age of 23 years.
  2. A minimum 5 years successful teaching in the applicant’s instrumental specialty demonstrated by evidence of pupils’ attainments from a wide variety of sources such as concerts, examinations and testimonials.
  3. Evidence of ongoing teaching/performance skill upgrades in the applicant’s instrumental specialty through undertaking a variety of professional development courses, courses leading to recognized awards and/or own initiatives in teaching practice.
  4. The contact details of three referees willing to endorse the applicant’s effectiveness as a music teacher.

Applicants are encouraged to submit the fullest possible supporting documentation to assist the Membership Committee to make a fair assessment.

Applicants should read ‘Advice for applicants for Full Membership by Recognition of Prior Learning and Experience (RPL)’, which offers advice on the application process.

A minimum of seven hours documented Professional Development will be required each year.

MTASA Members are always encouraged to write to the Secretary about any concerns that they may have.  If you are wishing to obtain exemption from the annual Professional Development requirement you should write and include copies of supporting documents (medical certificate, etc.) with your letter.  The MTASA Council will consider your request.

Teachers of Theory/Musicianship

To be listed in the Directory of Teachers of Music as a teacher of theory/musicianship applicants for Full or Student membership must supply evidence of having completed studies in this field to at least AMEB 5th Grade theory/musicianship standard or equivalent.

 

Student Member

This membership category enables tertiary students who intend to work as instrumental/vocal music teachers to join the MTASA and benefit from the Association’s Professional Development program and from networking with member teachers.

Student Membership is available for a maximum of five years from commencement. Student Members are expected to move to Full Membership when they meet the necessary criteria.

The Membership Committee will apply the following criteria in assessing applications for this membership category:

  1. A minimum age of 18 years.
  1. Evidence of current enrolment in a music program at a recognized tertiary institution with a major study in the instrument(s) to be taught;

or

in the instrument(s) to be taught, evidence of a study path being followed in the upper levels of a recognized music examination system involving Performance, Teaching and Theory/Musicianship examinations. (Evidence should include copies of certificates, written confirmation from mentor teachers of studies being undertaken, a statement of intended future study and any further information that may assist the Membership Committee to make a fair assessment.)

A minimum of seven hours documented Professional Development will be required each year.

 

Associate Membership

Associate Membership is no longer being offered by MTASA but those who were financial Associate Members on 24 September, 2017 can continue their membership provided they remain as financial members.

A minimum of seven hours documented Professional Development will be required each year.

MTASA Members are always encouraged to write to the Secretary about any concerns that they may have.  If you are wishing to obtain exemption from the annual Professional Development requirement you should write and include copies of supporting documents (medical certificate, etc.) with your letter.  The MTASA Council will consider your request.

 

Friends Membership

Friends Membership is offered to any person who shows a genuine interest in supporting MTASA and its objects. Friends are not included in the Directory of Music Teachers but receive The Music Stand and other items.

 

Institutional Member

Institutional Membership entitles an organization to be placed on the mailing list to receive The Music Stand and other items.

 

Temporary Membership

Temporary Membership is offered to a member of an interstate Music Teachers’ Association who is residing temporarily in South Australia. Applicants should provide supporting documentation to assist the Membership Committee to make a fair assessment.