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.


EMTA POLICY REGARDING EVENT CANCELLATION DUE TO COVID-19: If local public schools are closed or the Health Department recommends postponement or cancellation of mass gatherings, the Edmonds MTA will also cancel all in -person functions.  We are currently moving many of our functions online. Please read the EMTA Facebook page, your emails and check the EMTA website homepage to keep informed.

The May 9th Joan Brown Scholarship has been cancelled.
The May 16th Musicianship Festival has been cancelled.
The May 30th Ensemble and Concerto Festival has been cancelled.
The WSMTA Conference scheduled for June 17th-20th has been cancelled.

General Meetings are being conducted online.
The May 14th Adult Piano Social will be conducted online.

StateRecitalYoutubePerformerState Recital Competition Results
Winners of this competition usually represent EMTA at the Washington State Music Teachers Association Conference in June. Due to the current circumstances, this competition was conducted via student recordings uploaded to YouTube. Many thanks to our EMTA organizers, Naoko Noguchi and Naoko Nakamura for organizing this virtual competition. Many thanks also to our Adjudicators, Dr. Myrna Capp and Dr. Dainius Vaicekonis from Seattle Pacific University.

Representative 1: Ashley Mochizuki, EMTA Teacher Mariya Koshkina
Representative 2: Yu-Ching Poon, EMTA Teacher Jensina Oliver
Alternate 1: Freya Frahm, EMTA Teacher Mona Elsing
Alternate 2: Jane Wang, EMTA Teacher Jensina Oliver
Honorable Mention: Tara Hanks, EMTA Teacher Frances Goei
Honorable Mention: Gideon Brady. EMTA Teacher Roxanne Kar
Honorable Mention: David Kocaj, EMTA Teacher Roxanne Kar
Honorable Mention: Tobin Kar, EMTA Teacher Roxanne Kar
Honorable Mention: Layla Brown, EMTA Teacher Frances Goei
Honorable Mention: Jonathan Kocaj, EMTA Teacher Roxanne Kar
Honorable Mention: Miranda Bennett, EMTA Teacher Keva Vaughan-McMorrow


Honors Recital
The Honors Recital was cancelled this year, but thanks to EMTA member Marie Wollam-Mergler for putting together a beautiful recital program.



Young Composer Competition Results
Twenty-six teachers from Washington participated in the 2020 WSMTA Young Composers Project and 78 total compositions were submitted.  Out of these, there were 6 winners in the Edmonds Chapter. This year’s adjudicators were Krista Connelly, Dr. Terry McQuilken, Dr. James Ogburn, Dr. Robert Spittal, Reginald Unterseher, and Dr. Matt Van Brink.

1st Place, Grades K-2 Division: Lillian Mergler for “Barking Puppies”, EMTA Teacher Marie Wollam-Mergler
Honorable Mention, Grades K-2 Division: Alayna Anderson for “Sailing on a Windy Day”, EMTA Teacher Debra DeMiero
1st Place, Grade 3: Alaina Buker for “Look Inside the Ocean”, EMTA  Teacher Frances Goei
Honorable Mention, Grade 4:  Jayce Brown for “Sonatina for an Antelope and His Pet Hummingbird”, EMTA Teacher Marie Wollam-Mergler
1st Place, Grade 7: Elaina Mergler for “Pixie Dance”, EMTA  Teacher Marie Wollam-Mergler
Honorable Mention, Grade 11: Colin McIntosh for “Piano Trio in A Minor”, EMTA  Teacher Debra DeMiero

2020_MayGeneralMeetingZoom_EWEMTA held its first online General Meeting in April on Zoom. Our business meeting went a little quicker than normal without some of our normal chitchat. However after the business portion of the meeting concluded, Co-President Frances Goei gave a presentation on “Scales Made Easy” which prompted quite a bit of sharing of different teaching strategies by many attendees.

MTNAVirtualConferenceThe 2020 MTNA National Conference in Chicago has been cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns and a virtual conference will be held instead. In the coming weeks MTNA will be providing educational sessions, professional development and other aspects of the conference in a virtual format. This conference is open to all EMTA members whether or not you registered for the original conference.
MTNA Virtual Conference Information page
Resources for MTNA Members During the COVID-19 Pandemic


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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