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 Teachers Association (WSMTA) as a local chapter.

Virtual Time Era Festival 2021

Chairpersons: Dr. Yelena Balabanova and Allan Park
Online Registration period: September 1st to October 24th, 2021.
Adjudication period: October 29, 30 and 31st. Results of any medals awarded will be announced on the evening of October 31st.
Time Period: Romantic (Impressionists era also welcome)
Adjudicator: Christopher Hahn

The EMTA 2021 Virtual Time Era Festival registration is now open. We have a wonderful adjudicator this year with Dr. Christopher Hahn, professor of piano and piano pedagogy at the University of Montana. 

EMTA Time Era Festival Information Page and Registration

District I & II Virtual Conference
There will be beautiful music, engaging presentations, learning and connecting with your colleagues, and super fun prizes … all from the comfort of your own home!
Friday October 8th
7:00 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
Evening Concert, featuring performances by our three presenters, and Zoom reception
Saturday October 9th
9:00 A.M. – 2:30 P.M.
Yelena Balabanova, “Wigs, Tuxedos, and Passion”
Susan Chan, “Contemporary Chinese Repertoire for Teaching and Performing”
Deborah Rambo Sinn, “My Left Hand: Elegance and Proportion”

EMTA member Sarah Silvia

September General Meeting
The EMTA September general meeting was held on Tuesday, September 15, 2021 via Zoom. The curtain raiser was performed by EMTA member Laurie McFarland and the presenter was Sarah Silvia. Ms. Silvia presented an Imagination Masterclass. Teachers were invited to participate in three dynamic exercises. The interactive experiences can help students release their imagination and creativity so they can infuse it directly into their playing.

Please note EMTA meetings and 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.


We would love to help your lightly used music books find a new home. Please contact the webmaster for more information about making a used music book donation.

Donate directly to EMTA using this form: EMTA Donation Form

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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

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