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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 Teachers Association (WSMTA) as a local chapter.


Music Artistry Program (MAP) Virtual Honors Recital – The MAP Honors Recital is virtual this year and is available here. This is a special recital for outstanding performers as identified by the adjudicators in the Music Artistry Program. The recital is password protected. Please contact your teacher for the password. Thanks to EMTA members, Angela Michael and Jensina Oliver for organizing MAP during these difficult times. Thanks also to EMTA member, Marie Wollam-Mergler for organizing the Virtual MAP Honors Recital.


The Virtual 2021 Musicianship Festival is coming. Ask your teacher if you can apply for this fun “field” day of performances, games, and music literacy.
Deadline for teachers to submit student applications: April 13, 2021
Deadline for students to submit their performance videos, projects, and compositions: May 1, 2021
DAY OF THE VIRTUAL FESTIVAL: May 15, 2021

The Musicianship Festival Page for teachers is available here.


The EMTA Virtual Adult Piano Social will be held on Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 7:30PM. This will be an evening where adult piano students can perform, meet, and/or socialize with other students in a casual atmosphere. Performance is optional and students who wish to perform can make a YouTube video of their piece and it will be played on Zoom to other appreciative adult piano students. All levels of performance abilities are welcome and you do not have to make a Youtube video to attend the social. Teachers need to sign up their adult students by April 19, 2021. The registration form for teachers to register their students is now available in the members only section of the website.


The Joan E. Brown (JEB) Scholarship for 2020 was cancelled, but EMTA will be holding the JEB Scholarship Competition in 2021. JEB is a Scholarship Competition for 10th, 11th and 12th grade students of EMTA members in good standing. The competition’s purposes are to acknowledge exceptional ability and meritorious accomplishment. The application form and video and composition submission form are available now on the JEB Scholarship information page.
Registration deadline: April 13, 2021
Video and Composition Submission deadline: May 1, 2021
Scholarship Competition: May 8, 2021


Jazz Legend, Thelonius Monk

EMTA hosted a wonderful Virtual Jazz, Rags, and Blues (JRB) Festival and Workshop on February 6, 2021. Thanks so much to our fantastic adjudicator, Kirk Marcy and master clinician, John Sanders, and also to EMTA event organizers, Valerie Gathright and Cathy Baylor. We had some fantastic performances this year and would like to congratulate our JRB Festival Award Winners.

Best of Festival:
Tilman Seide, EMTA Teacher – Yelena Balabanova
Jayce Brown, EMTA Teacher – Marie Wollam-Mergler
Selah Lee, EMTA Teacher – Miji Yoo

Gold Seals:
Inez Ko, EMTA Teacher – Miji Yoo
Elyse Kim, EMTA Teacher – Miji Yoo
Ethan Kim, EMTA Teacher – Miji Yoo
Tiangshen Yin, EMTA Teacher – Miji Yoo
Zoe Luo, EMTA Teacher – Miji Yoo
Jaden Shan, EMTA Techer – Yelena Balabanova
Brian Wu, EMTA Teacher – Yelena Balabanova
Chloe Mergler, EMTA Teacher – Marie Wollam-Mergler
Logan Lai, EMTA Teacher – Valerie Munns Gathright
Soraya Fulcher, EMTA Teacher – Kaitlin Wick
Adrian Lewinsohn, EMTA Teacher – Frances Goei
Pranali Bendale, EMTA Teacher – Mary Beth Rogers


The February EMTA Virtual Community Recital is now available for viewing here and also under the student tab. Please contact your EMTA teacher for the password to access the page.


The MTNA Virtual Conference will be held March 13-17, 2021. Register by February 16, 2021 for the best rates. Pedagogy Saturday is included in the base rate this year! Click on the image to be taken to the Virtual Conference page.


Our February general meeting featured an engaging curtain raiser by EMTA member Valerie Gathright, NCTM. She played the delightful Elite Syncopations by Scott Joplin. Our meeting presentation was given by WSMTA President, Karen Hollenback, NCTM. Karen urged us to all vote in the MTNA Elections, informed us of the status of the Young Composer Project, urged us to make sure to access “The Clarion” State newsletter, as well as providing other valuable information for members.


Our January general meeting featured a lovely curtain raiser by EMTA member Roxanne Karr, NCTM. She played Chopin’s Nocturne Op. 27. No. 2. Our presentation at the January meeting was given by EMTA member, Jeffrey Pettijohn on “Spinning Out Ideas: Melodic Development Ideas for Beginners” which also included a very helpful handout with his many ingenious ideas on how to help our young student composers get started composing music of their own.


Please note EMTA is currently holding all meetings virtually. 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.


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EMTA Calendar

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Student Event Information

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