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.



The EMTA Virtual Student Awards Gala is now online under the Students Tab or click here! Enjoy our online recital with many of EMTA’s outstanding music students. A downloadable program of the event is also available after scrolling through the performances.


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. Please read the EMTA Facebook page, your emails and check the EMTA website homepage to keep informed.

The WSMTA Conference scheduled for June 17th-20th has been cancelled, however EMTA students who would have performed for the State Conference have been included in a virtual State Recital.

2020_05_AdultPianoSocialOn May 14, 2020, EMTA members, Amber Saldivar and Dawn Taylor-May hosted a virtual Adult Piano Social on Zoom. Attendees pre-recorded their performances and then the videos were played for the other attendees. The online format allowed for far flung friends and relatives of the performers to attend. All the attendees enjoyed a low-key adult performance and social opportunity.

2020_05_ZoomGenMeetingThe May EMTA Meeting included approving changes to the EMTA By-Laws to include wording about attending meetings via electronic means and limiting the EMTA past president board meeting attendance to 1 year instead of 2 years. Two new EMTA Board Officers for the 2020-2021 year were voted into office. Our new board officers will consist of:
President: Mary Beth Rogers
Vice- President: Valerie Gathright
Secretary: Leilani Montagne
Treasurer: Laurie McFarland
EMTA member, Dr Yelena Balabanova, provided a wonderful curtain raiser via youTube for everyone, by playing an excerpt from Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. EMTA Member Amber Saldivar then gave an extremely timely and informative presentation on “Self-Care for the Online Music Teacher: Maintaining Sanity during a Pandemic.”

JuneMeeting2020PresentationThe June EMTA Meeting witnessed the installation of the new EMTA board for next year:
President: Mary Beth Rogers
Vice President: Valerie Gathright
Treasurer: Laurie McFarland
Secretary: Leilani Montague
Membership: Naoko Nakamura
Webmaster/Publicity: Dawn Taylor-May
Newsletter Editor: Kaitlin Wick
The curtain raiser was provided via YouTube by Dawn Taylor-May playing Gershwin Preludes #2 and #3. The program was a very practical guide to “Teaching Rhythm Online” by EMTA member, Sarah Silvia, NCTM


Congratulations to EMTA Vice-President Valerie Gathright! She was voted EMTA 2019-2020 Member of the Year. Valerie was instrumental in getting the EMTA Jazz, Rags, and Blues Festival off the ground and running in addition to her other EMTA duties.



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… Read more Student Event Information

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