WELCOME! For MUSIC TEACHERS, we are a group of dedicated, professional teachers in Bradenton Florida and the surrounding area who come together to support our cause, music education. We are the local chapter affiliated with www.MTNA.org nationally and www.fmta.org at the state level with all of their extensive benefits. We have something for everyone from monthly teacher programs to student recitals, competitions and evaluations to performances out in the community. Our goal is to provide a well-balanced experience where we come together as friends and colleagues in a supportive and collaborative atmosphere. While the majority are degree-holding teachers, we have avenues for everyone to join, even as supporters. So give us a call, and we would be happy to have you join our growing group. For general information contact Beth von Ende, local chapter President at (941)518-1232. For membership information contact Membership Chair Luci Majikas at (540)570-3131.
For PARENTS, we are a resource for qualified music teacherswho take their work seriously whether they teach at their homes, out in a studio, or at our local college State College of Florida (SCF). You can be assured that our teachers are professionals and give your child or yourself their undivided attention and expert instruction. Our state and national organization mission statements can be found below.
The Florida State Music Teachers Association is an organization whose members are professionally engaged in the teaching of music in the State of Florida and who have met certain membership qualifications, as set forth in the Bylaws of the Association. The primary purpose of the Association is the advancement of music in the State of Florida through excellent teaching, learning, and performing which seeks to recognize individual achievement at all levels. Specifically, the Association strives to raise and maintain the standards of music teaching; stimulate public interest in music; encourage the study of music; and protect its members in all matters pertaining to the profession. It achieves these goals through a comprehensive program consisting of:
Challenging student activities which brings public recognition to the accomplishments of students and to good teaching.
High quality continuing education opportunities for music teachers.
Rigorous National and State Teacher Certification Programs.
Active local associations, district associations, and statewide activities to promote fraternal relations among member teachers and to sponsor meetings for study, discussion, performance, and evaluation.
Sound financial support for its programs and for certain types of scholarship assistance to talented students.
Good communication between constituencies.
Protection and/or awareness of its members in ethical, governmental, and business matters.
About MTNA "Working for a more musical tomorrow". In 1876, Theodore Presser and 62 of his colleagues founded the Music Teachers National Association with the purpose of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music.
Today, MTNA has cemented its role as an organization essential not only to the professional and individual well-being of music-teaching professionals, but also a vital partner in their growth and development. It provides both a collective voice for teachers worldwide and a powerful alliance with a highly prestigious and influential group.
With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.
MTNA also supports two subsidiary programs:
MTNA Professional Certification Program—improving the level of professionalism within the field of applied music teaching while helping the public at large readily identify and connect with skilled music teachers within the community
MTNA Foundation Fund—supports programs to financially assist teachers and students with their educational pursuits while advancing individual and corporate support
Information provided by Lesia Schulha, District President and past MCMTA President