2023 Handbook

Creating the Musicians and Audiences of Tomorrow

The Missouri Music Teachers Association, founded in 1895, is a professional non-profit organization of over 300 independent and collegiate music teachers, college students, and performing artists.

The purposes of MMTA are:

The elevation of the standards of teaching and performance of music

The advancement of American musical composition

The cultivation of fraternal feeling among its members

The development of public taste for good music

Cooperation with the purpose and projects of the Music Teachers National Association.


The Missouri Music Teachers Association was organized in 1895 at the MTNA annual conference in St. Louis. In the following year, after MMTA had become affiliated with MTNA, a state conference was held in Sedalia. State conferences in the early years included performances by teachers and their pupils, a number of papers read and discussed, and concerts of American music. In 1962 MMTA established a program of commissioning works by Missouri composers.

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