Welcome from the President: Josie Thomas
The VMTA has a proud tradition of serving instrumental and vocal teachers and their students from all over Victoria. For almost 100 years, the Association has brought musicians together in a professional organisation, in order to help them achieve their musical goals and to foster high standards in music education.
The VMTA Council comprises up to 12 voluntary members, with an Executive of President, Vice-President and Treasurer. When seats on Council become vacant, an election for new Councillors is held at the Annual General Meeting in May. The President gives an Annual Report on the year’s activities, the Treasurer outlines the financial situation, and membership fees and recommended teaching rates for the next year are proposed and agreed.
Council meets monthly, and in conjunction with the General Manager, provides a range of services to its members, the music teaching profession and the broader community. This includes events such as student concerts, masterclasses, and professional learning workshops, as well as advocacy and general advice on a range of matters relating to music and music education. Social events provide an opportunity to exchange ideas in a relaxed and friendly environment. Many lifelong friendships have been formed with this regular contact at such events.
VMTA offers a number of prizes for members’ students, including the Kault Piano Prize, and the AMEB Grade 6 Theory Prize. Our half-yearly magazine Music and The Teacher provides news, reviews, informative pedagogical articles, and human interest stories relevant to the studio music teacher. Our monthly eNews keeps members up-to-date on our activities and includes information about other events and exclusive 'member-only' offers.
VMTA members are listed on our website and the 'Find A Music Teacher or Accompanist' function provides prospective students and their parents with reliable information regarding our members’ qualifications, areas of musical expertise and geographical area. Members are able to update their online profile at any time.
If you are a new member of the Association, I join my colleagues on Council in welcoming you to the VMTA and I look forward to meeting you at various events throughout the year. If you are considering becoming a member, or are a parent or student seeking general advice about music or music education, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Victorian Music Teachers’ Association Inc.