The West Australian Music Teachers’ Association (Inc)(WAMTA) is an independent and apolitical body. It is an incorporated professional association, not a union, nor a government body. The WA Music Teachers’ Association represents the interests of studio music teachers in the State of Western Australia.
The Association is run by an elected Council, including a representative for members living in country areas.
The Association operates according to its Constitution, which is periodically updated in keeping with current trends.
In Western Australia, there is no award or legislation which covers the activity of private music teaching in a home studio, or studio music teaching in schools or music schools. Nonetheless, WAMTA fulfils an important role in providing a scale of recommended minimum fees, a music teacher database and a programme of professional development. This is not only for Perth music teachers but for WA teachers too. Some schools rely on our recommended fees.
The West Australian Music Teachers’ Association, established in 1910, is the oldest surviving Association of music teachers in Australia. Its main objectives are to promote and develop the teaching, practice and study of the art of music and to safeguard conditions and general aspects of studio music teaching for its members. The longevity of the Association is due to the dedication of members who, throughout its 100 years, have generously given their time and talents to further the aims of the Association.
In 1924 the Music Teachers’ Association held its first Eisteddfod or Music Festival. Under various titles, this event has been held almost annually since that time. Now known as the Recital and Concerto Competition, it provides the opportunity for young instrumentalists and singers to perform in public in a concert situation.
For those interested, the 2010 publication “What Harmony is This?”, written by Ronda Jamieson and David Hough, outlines the 100 year history of the Association. The book is available for sale at the WAMTA Office.