What is OMTA?

2013 OMTA State Conference in Bend -- Picnic at Shevlin Park

2013 OMTA State Conference in Bend — Picnic at Shevlin Park

Oregon Music Teachers Association (OMTA) was founded in 1916, and became affiliated with Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) in 1950.  Members of Central Oregon District OMTA automatically belong to both organizations.  Opportunities for students and member teachers in Bend, Redmond, Sunriver, Prineville, Madras, and Sisters include:

  • scholarships and grants for students and teachers
  • performance opportunities including Ensemble Festival, Oregon Junior Bach Festival, Student Composition Celebration, Sonata/Sonatina Festival, Students Choice Recital, Classical/Romantic/Contemporary Music Festival, Piano Monster Concert and more
  • twice-yearly Syllabus Evaluations from a 10-level curriculum covering technique, music theory, sight reading, and repertoire for a variety of instruments
  • awards and trophies based on participation in local and state events
  • Music News, our monthly OMTA newsletter, the bi-annual Oregon Musician journal, and the national publication American Music Teacher
  • annual OMTA state and MTNA national conferences, featuring opportunities for networking, master classes, solo and chamber music performances, and nationally-known presenters on pedagogical topics
  • group insurance, national certification, national courses of study, student performances and competitions, and many other professional resources, retail discounts
  • monthly local meetings with programs on a wide range of subjects including teaching repertoire, student motivation, best business practices and studio policy

Interested in becoming a member?  Active Membership in OMTA is open to all professionals engaged in music education in Oregon.  Associate membership is for individuals, business entities, or educational groups interested in music, but not intending to teach.

More information on the benefits of membership here:  benefits

NEW:  JOIN instantly online!  Click on the link below to apply for OMTA membership by filling out the MTNA application form:

Apply here

On the form, select Oregon as your state association.

If you have questions about membership, contact one of our Membership Chairs:

Patti Petersen NCTM   541-389-0072 or

Kathleen Gault NCTM   541-390-8238

OMTA is a non-profit, 501 (c)(3) corporation.


Central Oregon members at the 2014 state conference, at the beach!

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