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.

The Edmonds Music Teacher wishes all our members, students, and friends a wonderful summer. Activities for students will resume in September 2022.

Mark your calendars now for:
2022 Jazz, Rags, and Blues Festival and Workshop – Being held in person
Online Registration is due by September 26, 2022.
Jazz Concert performed by Elliot Gray on October 14, 2022
Festival and Workshop will be held on Ocotber 15, 2022
2022 Time Era Festival – Being held via online video performances or In-Person Live Performances
Online registration from September 13, 2022 to October 16, 2022
In person festival date of November 6, 2022 from 1PM to 8PM at the Hartley Mansion in Everett, WA.

Congratulations to Allan Park, our 2021-2022 EMTA Member of the year. More information about this award can be found on our Member of the Year page.

The 2022 Hybrid Musicianship Festival results are now available.

*44% of all students taking the theory tests scored 96% or higher. This list will be posted in the WSMTA September Clarion newsletter.

*Students received state seals and a large yellow rosette ribbon.

*This was the first time some students had played live in 3 years!

*One of our festival students received ribbons as an accomplishment for the first time ever.

Amogh Kaarthik received 100% on all 5 of the MLP exams. Amogh is a student of EMTA teacher, Mary Beth Rogers.
Hana Dau submitted this Heart of Music project at the festival. She received a Transcendental ribbon for her outstanding piece of art. Hana is a student of EMTA teacher, Valerie Gathright.

2022 Joan E Brown Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to our 2022 EMTA Joan E. Brown Scholarship Award Winners.

Hyun Yoon
First Place Scholarship Winner

Scholarship Amount: $2000.00
Teacher: Allan Park
Meredith Nam
Second Place Scholarship Winner

Scholarship Amount: $1000.00
Teacher: Allan Park

The EMTA, at the discretion of the Executive Board, holds a Scholarship Competition for 10th, 11th and 12th grade students of EMTA members in good standing. The Joan E. Brown Scholarship encourages students to continue the serious study of music in performance and creativity and acknowledges exceptional ability, application, and meritorious accomplishments by awarding financial assistance. The scholarship is based 30% on performance, 30% on musical activities, 30% on non-musical activities and 10% on a written essay.
More information can be found on the EMTA Joan E. Brown Scholarship page.

EMTA 2022 Virtual Student Awards Gala

The Student Awards Gala is a celebration where outstanding students chosen from the following events perform at an end of the year recital.

* Time Era Festival – Best of Festival winners in each age division
* Jazz, Rags, and Blues Festival – Best of Festival winners in each age division
* WA State Young Composers Project – First place winners only.
* Joan E. Brown Scholarship – Winners
*  WSMTA State Recital – EMTA’s two Representatives

The EMTA Gala Recital is now available online. Please contact your teacher for the password.
EMTA Gala Recital Page

EMTA Hybrid June 2022 general meeting
Normally our EMTA June general meetings feature a potluck at an EMTA member’s home. However, this year the June Hybrid meeting was not a potluck, but we did feature a wonderful curtain raiser video performance by EMTA member, Dr. Yelena Balabanova’s student, Andrew Jiang, called “The Serpent’s Kiss” by William Bolcom. After the performance, a general discussion was held by members regarding improvements to the Edmonds Music Teacher Association.

Please note the format for EMTA meetings and events are being decided on a case by case basis. Please check with your teacher for information regarding a particular event.


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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

EMTA Festival and Event Information

EMTA Festival and Event Information Page

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