cropped-emta

The Edmonds Music Teachers Association (EMTA) is a non-profit organization of music teachers providing private music lessons to our community. EMTA is committed to the advancement of musical knowledge and education by fostering professional standards, networking, and promoting the art of music through various events and festivals. EMTA is affiliated with the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and affiliated with the Washington State Music Teacher Association (WSMTA) as a local chapter.


Jazz Legend, Thelonius Monk

EMTA hosted a wonderful Virtual Jazz, Rags, and Blues (JRB) Festival on February 6, 2021. Thanks so much to our fantastic adjudicators, Kirk Marcy and John Sanders and also to EMTA event organizers, Valerie Gathright and Cathy Baylor. We had some fantastic performances this year and would like to congratulate our JRB Festival Award Winners.
Best of Festival:
Tilman Seide, EMTA Teacher – Yelena Balabanova
Jayce Brown, EMTA Teacher – Marie Wollam-Mergler
Selah Lee, EMTA Teacher – Miji Yoo
Gold Seals:
Inez Ko, EMTA Teacher – Miji Yoo
Elyse Kim, EMTA Teacher – Miji Yoo
Ethan Kim, EMTA Teacher – Miji Yoo
Tiangshen Yin, EMTA Teacher – Miji Yoo
Zoe Luo, EMTA Teacher – Miji Yoo
Jaden Shan, EMTA Techer – Yelena Balabanova
Brian Wu, EMTA Teacher – Yelena Balabanova
Chloe Mergler, EMTA Teacher – Marie Wollam-Mergler
Logan Lai, EMTA Teacher – Valerie Munns Gathright
Soraya Fulcher, EMTA Teacher – Kaitlin Wick
Adrian Lewinsohn, EMTA Teacher – Frances Goei
Prenali Bendale, EMTA Teacher – Mary Beth Rogers


The February EMTA Virtual Community Recital is now available for viewing here and also under the student tab. Please contact your EMTA teacher for the password to access the page.


The Joan E. Brown (JEB) Scholarship for 2020 was cancelled, but EMTA will be holding the JEB Scholarship Competition in 2021. JEB is a Scholarship Competition for 10th, 11th and 12th grade students of EMTA members in good standing. The competition’s purposes are to acknowledge exceptional ability and meritorious accomplishment. The application form is available now from the JEB Scholarship information page.
Registration deadline: April 13, 2021
Scholarship Competition: May 8, 2021


Music Artistry Program (MAP) – Registrations have now closed.
The Music Artistry Program of the Washington State Music Teachers Association is a self supporting enterprise developed to encourage interest in music and to maintain standards of fine workmanship among student musicians. Each student and ensemble will be given a certificate from WSMTA as well as a written evaluation and oral comments from the visiting artist. There will be no VOICE MAP in 2021. A parent information sheet is available here. Please contact your teacher for more information about individual student MAP sessions and video submissions.
5-7 March 2021: Virtual Map Sessions


The MTNA Virtual Conference will be held March 13-17, 2021. Register by February 16, 2021 for the best rates. Pedagogy Saturday is included in the base rate this year! Click on the image to be taken to the Virtual Conference page.


Our February general meeting featured an engaging curtain raiser by EMTA member Valerie Gathright, NCTM. She played the delightful Elite Syncopations by Scott Joplin. Our meeting presentation was given by WSMTA President, Karen Hollenback, NCTM. Karen urged us to all vote in the MTNA Elections, informed us of the status of the Young Composer Project, urged us to make sure to access “The Clarion” State newsletter, as well as providing other valuable information for members.


Our January general meeting featured a lovely curtain raiser by EMTA member Roxanne Karr, NCTM. She played Chopin’s Nocturne Op. 27. No. 2. Our presentation at the January meeting was given by EMTA member, Jeffrey Pettijohn on “Spinning Out Ideas: Melodic Development Ideas for Beginners” which also included a very helpful handout with his many ingenious ideas on how to help our young student composers get started composing music of their own.


Please note EMTA is currently holding all meetings virtually. Events are being decided on a case by case basis. Zoom links for general meetings will be sent via email and are also available in the members only section of the website.


Did you know you can support your local music teachers when you shop at Amazon? Click on the Amazon smile logo and eligible purchases will have a portion of their price donated to EMTA.


EMTA Calendar

The EMTA calendar includes festivals, competitions, recitals and other events for students as well as general meetings, professional development opportunities,… Read more EMTA Calendar

Student Event Information

The Edmonds Music Teacher Association organizes a number of different local musical events both on our own and in conjunction… Read more Student Event Information

Follow us on Facebook:  Image result for facebook logo