Lift your teaching to new heights. Join VMTA!

The Virginia Music Teachers Association (VMTA) is a non-profit organization of over 750 independent music teachers, those in academic institutions, students, and concert artists throughout the Commonwealth whose shared vision is furthering the art of music and promoting the growth and professional development of its members. We do this by providing programs that encourage and support teaching, performance, composition, research, and our students.

Organized in 1964, VMTA is an affiliate of the Music Teachers National Association. MTNA was founded in 1874 by Theodore Presser and is the oldest professional music teachers’ organization in the United States. MTNA currently serves 20,000-plus music teachers in the pursuit of excellence in music teaching. As a member of VMTA, you will be entitled to all MTNA membership services.

Membership in VMTA/MTNA is open to all music teachers and provides the privileges of participation in the activities of the Association. To join VMTA, you must join the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), of which VMTA is an affiliate. To join or to renew your membership, click HERE.

National Benefits:

  • American Music Teacher magazine (bi-monthly).
  • National Conference.
  • Group insurance plans (life, major medical, disability, accident, and instrumental).
  • National competitions and awards.
  • Certification program.

State Benefits:

  • VMTA NewsNotes (twice annually).
  • State Conference.
  • State Music Festival and testing programs.
  • State competitions.
  • Certification program.

Local Benefits:

  • Monthly programs on relevant topics including guest artists, workshops, and panel discussions.
  • Excellent networking opportunities.
  • Teacher referral services.
  • Student events.
  • Student scholarships.

Local Chapters List

Charlottesville Music Teachers Association

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Harrisonburg Music Teachers Association

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Aphrodite Mitsopoulou


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Joetta Peterson

Peninsula Music Teachers Association

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Sukkyong Clough

Richmond Music Teachers Association

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Lauren (Darrell) McEwen

Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association

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Amy Rothstein

Roanoke Valley Music Teachers Association

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Wysor Gearhart

Shenandoah Music Teachers Association

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Tidewater Music Teachers Forum

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Please contact our State Membership Chairman, Christy Tallamy, NCTM, at if you do not see a chapter listed near you.