Frequently Asked Questions

If I am ineligible for Full Membership, may I apply for another type of membership?
Other membership options include Associate, Graduate or Student Membership. The type of membership that applies depends on your qualifications and experience. Read more about membership types.
Can I apply for Full Membership if I have teaching experience but no formal qualifications?
If you have been teaching for at least 3 years but do not hold formal qualifications in music, you may still be eligible for Full Membership. The VMTA Board will consider teaching certificates in lieu of tertiary music qualifications when combined with a minimum of AMEB Certificate of Performance (or equivalent) in the area taught. Certificates can include GradDipEd in other disciplines, Kodaly and Orff teacher training, Suzuki or Yamaha Music Teacher Accreditation, DipABRSM (Instrumental Teaching) and AMEB ATMusA. Please note that AMEB, ANZCA and ABRSM practical examination certificates are not considered formal qualifications, however they are useful as evidence of the standard achieved in the instrument taught.
What documentation do I need to provide with my application?
Applicants for Full or Associate Membership must submit evidence of standard reached in all areas taught (e.g. copy of music degree/diploma, examination certificate, teaching training certificate) and a professional CV or brief summary of teaching experience. See below for Graduate and Student requirements.

Do I need to know a member of the Association to join?
No, this is not necessary. However, when applying for membership, we ask that you submit the name, email and phone number of one referee who can comment on your teaching practice. This can be a teaching colleague, employer, parent of a student, or adult student.
How can I be registered as a piano accompanist?
If you wish to be registered as a piano accompanist you must have achieved a high standard in piano performance being a minimum of AMEB Grade 8 or equivalent OR have studied piano performance as part of your tertiary music degree/diploma. You must also provide one referee who can comment on your accompanying experience. This can be the same referee who comments on your teaching experience or a second referee. It is possible to be listed as an accompanist only.

Why am I supplying referees and who should I nominate?
Your referee/s should be someone who knows you in a professional capacity, for example an experienced music teaching colleague, head of music or principal at a school, or other employer. In the absence of professional referees, we will accept as referees a parent of a student or an adult student. As part of the membership application process, the VMTA office will email your referee/s with some simple questions regarding your experience as a music teacher or accompanist. Please inform your referee/s in order to streamline the process.

What does it cost to apply?
There is a one-off application fee that is payable when submitting your membership application online. Once your application is approved you will be sent an invoice for your membership. If you join part way through the year, you will be asked to pay the membership fee pro rata to 31 December in the year that you join. Membership can then be renewed at the end of the year for 12 months from Jan-Dec in the following year. Read more about membership rates.

After I have submitted my application, what is the process of approval?
Once your reference/s have been received, your application will be submitted to the Membership Committee on the VMTA Board. It usually takes up to one week for membership applications to be approved (in December and January there may be a delay due to office closure and holidays).

What courses of study are approved by the VMTA Board for Full Membership status?
An approved course of study includes a graduate or undergraduate degree or diploma in music and/or music teaching. In the absence of tertiary music qualifications, the VMTA Board will consider music teaching certificates such as GradDipEd in other disciplines, Kodaly and Orff teacher training, Suzuki or Yamaha Music Teacher Accreditation, DipABRSM (Instrumental Teaching) and AMEB ATMusA, when combined with a minimum standard of AMEB Certificate of Performance or equivalent. Please note that AMEB, ANZCA and ABRSM practical examination certificates are not considered formal qualifications, however they are useful as evidence of the standard achieved in the instrument taught.

How do I apply for Student or Graduate Membership?
Students who are enrolled full time in an approved tertiary music course may apply for Student Membership. When applying, we require proof of current enrolment however referees are not required. Student Membership is valid for 4 years from date of enrolment.

Students who have recently graduated from an approved tertiary music course may apply for Graduate Membership. When applying, we require proof of graduation however referees are not required. Graduate Membership is valid for 3 years from date of graduation. 

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