Frequently Asked Questions

 

If I am ineligible for Full Membership, may I apply for another type of membership?
Other options include Associate, Graduate or Student Membership. The type of membership that applies depends on your qualifications and experience. Read more about membership types.
May I apply for Full Membership if I have teaching experience but no formal qualifications?
If you have been teaching for at least 3 years (including one year in Australia), have achieved a high level of performance in the instrument taught, but do not hold formal qualifications in music and/or teaching, you may still be eligible for Full Membership. The VMTA Council will consider music teacher certificates (e.g. Kodaly and Orff), Suzuki or Yamaha Music Teacher Accreditation, Certificate IV in Training and Development, DipABRSM (Instrumental Teaching) and AMEB ATMusA. Applicants must submit supporting documentation outlining their teaching experience including a professional CV or transcript of student examination results. Please note that AMEB, ANZA and ABRSM practical examination certificates are not considered formal qualifications, however they are useful as evidence of the standard achieved in the instrument taught.

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 and contact details of two professional referees who can comment on your teaching practice. In the absence of professional referees, applicants may submit the name and contact details of one or two parent referees.
What does it cost to apply?
There is a one-off joining fee that is payable upon becoming a new member. Once your application is approved you will be sent an invoice for your first year of membership plus the joining fee. Read more about membership rates.

After I have submitted my application, what is the process of approval?
Once your references have been received, your application will be submitted to the Membership Committee of the VMTA Council. 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).

Why am I supplying referee contacts and who should I nominate?
Your referees should be people who know 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, applicants may submit the name and contact details of parent referees. As part of the membership application process, the office will email your referees with some simple questions about your relationship to the referee and their knowledge of your experience as a music teacher. Please supply a referee email contact where possible and inform your referees in order to streamline the process.

What courses of study are approved by the council for Full Membership status?
An approved course of study includes a graduate or undergraduate degree or diploma in music and/or teaching. A range of post-secondary courses are considered along with various teaching certificates and short courses. The VMTA Council will consider music teacher certificates (e.g. Kodaly and Orff), Suzuki or Yamaha Music Teacher Accreditation, Certificate IV in Training and Development, DipABRSM (Instrumental Teaching) and AMEB ATMusA. Please note that AMEB, ANZA 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 enrolment but referees are not required. Students who have recently graduated from an approved tertiary music course may apply for graduate membership. When applying, we require proof of graduation and one referee. This can be a university lecturer or music teacher or if already teaching, a work colleague.

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