About Us

Lehigh Valley Music Teachers Association (LVMTA)

The LVMTA is one of 500 local affiliates of the Music Teachers National Association which was formed in 1876.  The Lehigh Valley Chapter, created nearly 50 years ago, welcomes private studio, school, and college music teaching professionals into its membership.

Our association with the national (MTNA) and state (PMTA) levels enables the teachers in our diverse organization to take advantage of the following opportunities:

  • Member collaboration and networking
  • Student performances in recitals, auditions and master classes
  • Continuing education for members at workshops, master classes, state/national conferences
  • Student field trips
  • Summer music camp scholarship assistance to students
  • Scholarship competition for senior students continuing music study at college

Memberships in MTNA and PMTA (see below) are prerequisites to membership in LVMTA.

To learn more about membership and to apply to become a member, visit MTNA Membership Information.

If you have questions about membership, contact Janice Derstine, jdvoice@ptd.net.


Music Teachers National Association (MTNA)

Because of the solidarity inherent in the music-teaching profession, membership with MTNA is accompanied by invaluable privileges and advantages. For the lifetime of your career, it's an investment in crucial musical commodities like continuing education, career development, peer recognition and networking programs-all designed specifically for you.

Founded in 1876 by Theodore Presser in Delaware, Ohio, MTNA currently serves 25,000 independent music teachers committed to the pursuit of excellence in music teaching. For well over a century, MTNA has been the backbone for a collaborative community of music-teaching professionals, connecting both the seasoned educator and those at the beginning of their career. Membership with MTNA does more than simply complement your career as a music professional—it supports, supplements and shapes it. It empowers music teachers nationwide to become better educators through networking, leadership, mentoring and educational opportunities.

Visit the MTNA website to learn more and to apply for membership.

The Benefits of Membership:

  • Discounts and Resources—discounts on MTNA conferences and competitions
  • Educational Opportunities—featuring MTNA's preeminent yearly national conference, with workshops and seminars on teaching (including group and recreational music-making), ethics, industry developments and more
  • Professional Support Services—recommendations and referrals for studio resources, insurance and legal consultation, enrichment grants for teacher study, merchant services, new technology resources and ethics codes
  • Exclusive Publications - MTNA keeps you up-to-date with current trends in the music industries with our two exclusive publications:
  • American Music Teacher - the official journal of MTNA, providing articles, columns and reviews to inform, educate and challenge six times a year
  • MTNA e-Journal - and online-based jounal containing informational articles supplemented with interactive features and extras

MTNA Membership Delivers:

  • Peer Connections—a network of outlets, forums and channels for like-minded individuals in the music profession to collaborate and communicate, both locally and nationally
  • Ongoing Education—conferences, events and advice on teaching tips and pedagogy, technology and web trends, master classes and informational sessions
  • Invaluable Resources—access to countless benefits, from Certification, publications and consultation services to competitions, teacher enrichment grants and insurance

Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association (PMTA)

Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association (PMTA) is a state affiliate of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA).

PMTA and its local chapters seek to promote the professional growth and development of its members and to further the art of music by providing programs that encourage and support teaching, performance, composition and scholarly research.

PMTA Membership & Professional Teacher Referral Service

The PMTA Professional Teacher Referral Service (linked above) is provided as a convenience to match available teachers with available students. The teachers listed in this database are active members in good standing of PMTA. However, the information in the teacher profiles is provided solely by the teacher listed and is no way verified by PMTA. Listing on the service does not imply recommendation by PMTA and no screening or background check has been done on any of the listed teachers. Users of our service are advised to rely upon their own best judgment when selecting a teacher and should be aware that PMTA assumes no liability for the outcome of music lessons acquired as a result of using this service.