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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.


jeremy-SiskindEMTA is sponsoring a concert by renown pianist-composer, Jeremy Siskind as part of our Jazz, Rags, and Blues Festival. The January 31, 2020 concert will be open to the public and tickets are currently available through Brown Paper Tickets. Discount tickets to the concert are available through your local teacher when students apply to the festival.


Remember to sign up for the Jazz, Rags, and Blues Festival and the Music Artistry Program by January 14, 2020.

alexandertechnique_EWThe general meeting originally scheduled for Tuesday, January 14th has been rescheduled for Tuesday, January 21st due to weather. The program will be a presentation from Rick Asher on Alexander Technique.

Rick Asher holds degrees in Music Education from Western Washington University and the University of Oregon, each with emphasis in instrumental conducting and piano. Additionally he completed full doctoral coursework in Music Education with emphasis in choral conducting and teacher education at the University of Washington. For thirteen years he studied the Alexander Technique with Catherine Madden in Seattle, and continues his own focus on applying that technique in his teaching and in his own life.

His teaching career included instrumental and vocal music in elementary school through university levels, as well as studio instruction in piano and voice. Following eight years of teaching elementary and high school music, he moved to Edmonds Community College where he taught in the Music Department for twenty-four years before becoming Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at that college. He has also served as director of Cascade Youth Symphony, the 110 voice Whatcom Chorale in Bellingham, and the 80 voice Sanctuary Choir of Seattle First Baptist Church. He now maintains a studio of piano and voice students at his home in Shoreline.

More important than all of that, he’s husband to artist and calligrapher, Jocelyn Curry Asher, Dad to Eli and Emily, and Papa to eight year old Ada.

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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