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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.


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 7, 2021
DAY OF THE VIRTUAL FESTIVAL: May 15, 2021

The Musicianship Festival Page for teachers is available here.
If your teacher has registered you for the festival, students can submit their performance videos, projects, and composition information here. Please have all your information ready prior to filling in the form.


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 20, 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


State Honors Recital March 2021
Congratulations to the following students and teachers:

EMTA Representative: Eason Chen, Teacher- Shih-Yi Kuan
EMTA Representative: Ruohan Huang, Teacher- Yelena Balabanova
Alternate 1: Nicolette Yan, Teacher- Yelena Balabanova
Alternate 2: Freya Frahm, Teacher- Mona Elsing
Honorable Mention 1: Tobin Kar- Roxanne Kar
Honorable Mention 2: Sophia Frahm, Teacher- Mona Elsing
Honorable Mention 3: Eleanor Shirts, Teacher- Frances Goei
Honorable Mention 4: Joel Rice, Teacher-Jaime Davis

The Representatives will participate in WSMTA State Conference Honors Recital in June and the Alternates will participate in District I Honors Recital in May. Thanks to Dr. Judith Widrig and Judy Baker, NCTM for judging this competition. Thanks to Carrie Kahler (WSMTA) and Naoko Nakamura for their technical assistance to make this video competition a success.


There was no general meeting in March, but the April general meeting featured wonderful performances by our own EMTA member and state award-winning composer, Keva Vaughan-McMorrow. The program for the day was about the upcoming musicianship festival, “Superheroes unite! Building skills for musicianship in your studio” The Musicianship Festival Leadership Team shared tips and tricks on: 1. Teaching your students technique exercises that prepare them for the Technique Exam 2. How to prepare students to participate in the Rhythms Exam with practical helps 3. Suggestions for theory preparation 4. How to help students create quality performance videos with performance etiquette 5. What to do to be prepared for the Festival yourself!


USED MUSIC BOOK SALE – June 26, 2021
EMTA will be holding a used music book sale that will be open to the public from 1:00PM – 4:00PM . Please contact your music teacher for details.


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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