Washington State Music Teachers Association

Mission Statement

The purpose of this Association is the advancement of music knowledge and education.  Activities of the Association are aimed at the promotion of the art of music and the advancement of music knowledge by providing educational opportunities that further the appreciation of music throughout the state.


The Washington State Music Teachers Association (WSMTA) was organized in 1915 and is affiliated with the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA). WSMTA was incorporated in 1974 with the IRS status of 501(c)(3).

WSMTA has a membership of nearly 1,100 members which includes independent teachers in private studios and collegiate teachers in the university setting.  The association is dedicated to enriching the lives of nearly 28,000 young musicians and regularly offers educational and performance opportunities for teachers, students, and the public.

WSMTA Affiliated Associations

The affiliated associations in Washington are 7 Districts and 33 Local Chapters (or Local Associations).  Each affiliate can hold meetings, workshops, conferences, competitions and other programs to support the needs of its members and students.  Each District is represented by a District Vice President and the Local Chapters have their own board of officers.

WSMTA Governing Body

Officers (5)
Education Board Chair
District Vice Presidents (7)
Clarion Editor
Music Artistry Program (formerly called Adjudications) Chair
Executive Manager (Ex Officio)

WSMTA Permanent Standing Committees

Education Board

The Education Board was established in 1915 under the Board of Directors as a committee.  This board is comprised of 5 WSMTA certified members plus the Executive Manager as ex-officio.  These members are charged with developing and recommending all educational programs to the Board of Directors.

Other Committees

Finance, Development, Conference and Nominating

State Conference

A state conference is held annually in June

State Newsletter

WSMTA publishes an official newsletter called the “The CLARION” nine times during the year.

State Meetings

The Board of Directors and the Education Board meet biannually in June and January.  A membership meeting is held during the annual conference.


There are many levels of membership including student teachers who are mentored by WSMTA members in order to gain experience in teaching and building to the future for our association.  For more information please see the Join page.


Membership at both the state and national levels does more than simply complement your career as a music professional—it supports, supplements and shapes it.  It empowers music teachers nationwide to become better educators through networking, leadership, mentoring and educational opportunities.

Benefits for the Teacher

Organized group meetings

  • Local Chapter Meetings
  • District Conferences
  • Annual State and National Conferences


  • Member Handbook
  • State Newsletter, The Clarion
  • The American Music Teacher, a bi-monthly magazine
  • MTNA e-Journal, an online-based journal

Growth Opportunities

  • Workshops
  • Visiting Artist Training
  • New Music Exhibits
  • Technology Training
  • Leadership Seminar
  • State and National Certification

Financial Benefits

  • Limited Group Health and Disability Insurance (availability of insurance coverage varies state to state)
  • Group Liability Insurance
  • Retirement Planning
  • Gold Card Credit Programs available through MTNA.

Benefits for the Student

Student Opportunities

  • Music Artistry Program (formerly called Adjudications)
  • Music Literacy Program (formerly called Musicianship Exams)
  • Theory
  • Young Composer Project
  • Ribbon Festival
  • MusicLink
  • Applied Music for High School Credit
  • Student Teacher Program

Programs Available through MTNA

  • Performance Competitions
  • Study Certificates
  • Studio Festival Program
  • Achievement Program
  • Composition

To learn more about WSMTA please see the following links:

WSMTA ~ promoting the art of music & advancing music knowledge

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