The mission of the Music Teachers’ Association is the promotion of musical culture and the pursuit of excellence in music education.

  • The Music Teachers’ Association of California, incorporated in 1897, is a professional organization dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in music education. With over 4,700 members, there are more than 67 self-governing, affiliated branches throughout the state—from Humboldt County to San Diego County.

    We dedicate ourselves to:

    • Promoting the development of musical potential and ability in our students.
    • Maintaining high professional standards of our members.
    • Maintaining exacting qualifications for membership in the organization.
    • Promoting the stability of the music teaching profession.
    • Piano at MTAC-San Mateo Recital
    • MTAC San Mateo Violin Students
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    • Committed to the promotion of musical culture and the pursuit of excellence in music education
    • Branch Recitals featuring students from various studios and teachers
    • Annual Certificate of Merit Evaluations and Branch Honors Recitals
    • Festivals featuring themed music recitals
    • Community Outreach Program that connects us with our community
    • Educational and social events for branch members
    • Annual MTAC State Convention

MTAC aspires to be the recognized leader in (1) Student Programs, which make a positive impact in the quality of music education and in the lives of music students; (2) Member Programs, which inspire quality teaching, the pursuit of ongoing teacher education and member involvement with community outreach; (3) a thriving Foundation, which funds Student Programs and member needs through its investments, donations, and grants.

In 1897, seven people created a legacy; in 2013, more than 4,700 members are part of that growing legacy. With 12 budding educational programs and active branches, the Association continues to adhere to the ideals that guided the founders over 100 years ago. Their vision is fulfilled every day in the lives of the students, teachers, and volunteers who help run the Music Teachers' Association of California.

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