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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.

Our EMTA February meeting had many highlights. Dr. Miji Yoo played a wonderful rendition of Bill Evans “A Time for Love”. A very appropriate choice because she helped chair our very successful Jazz, Rags, and Blues Festival and its February. Our presentation was a panel formed by members Bonnie Thomas, Keva Vaughan-McMorrow, and Angela Michael on all aspects of teaching adult students. After the general meeting, we had a special newcomers lunch thanks to the Membership Chair (and co-president), Mary Beth Rogers.

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The Edmonds Music Teacher Association held its 2nd annual Jazz, Rags, and Blues festival February 1, 2020. This event was extra special because our adjudicator, Jeremy Siskind, also performed a Jazz concert prior to the festival on January 31, 2020. His concert featured his own compositions from his Perpetual Motion Etudes album plus interpretations of jazz standards.

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After his concert on Friday night, Jeremy spent all day Saturday adjudicating students of EMTA teachers at the Jazz, Rags, and Blues Festival. He was wonderfully encouraging to the students and gave them many ideas for improving their musical interpretations.

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The Jazz, Rags, and Blues Festival also included hands on jazz workshops with Karin Kajita or John  Sanders. This festival was organized by EMTA members, Valerie Gathright and Dr. Miji Yoo. More photos from the festival are available in the EMTA student photo gallery.

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

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