Our Goals -- What we do -- Why Private Music Study? -- Student Benefits -- Photos

The Richardson Music Teachers Association was organized in 1965. Our members are committed to the highest standards of music teaching.

Our goals:

  • to participate actively in programs that enhance our teaching skills.
  • to provide musical activities that are designed to promote a balanced and richly rewarding program of study for students.
  • to encourage and nurture students towards musical excellence
  • to providing a rich arena of performing opportunities for music students.

Since 1978 we have been affiliated with the Texas Music Teachers Association and the Music Teachers National Association. Our membership includes piano, vocal, instrumental, preschool, and organ teachers. Many of us also offer music theory and music history to further enhance the study of an instrument.

What we do:

  • We offer music instruction by teachers who are either locally certified and/or nationally certified in their respective teaching fields.
  • We provide music festivals that promote positive performance opportunities for music students.
  • We provide recognition and awards for students involved in music instruction.
  • We provide opportunities for competitions, scholarships, and awards at the local, state, and national levels.
  • We maintain a referral list of qualified teachers.
  • We are dedicated to on-going professional growth and development of our teachers through workshops, monthly meetings and conventions.
  • We network with other organizations involved in the arts.
  • We care about your child’s success and enjoyment.

Why private music study?

  • Music learning enriches and expands the mind. New scientific studies reveal that music learning is emerging as both a pathway and a stimulant to intellectual growth. It leads to greater success in academic learning.
  • Music study is fun. It is enjoyed by toddlers, children of all ages and adults.
  • Music study is instrumental in developing:
    • Character
    • Creativity
    • Problem-solving skills
    • Self-Discipline Self-Motivation
    • Long term goals
    • Integrity
    • Focused concentration.
  • Music study is a rich source of life-long joy, satisfaction and accomplishment.

Student Benefits

  • Festivals - RMTA sponsore four festivals annually. Most festivals include categories for piano, voice, and instrumental ensemble.
    • Fall Festival [November]
    • Sacred Music Festival [January]
    • Sonatina Festival [February]
    • Jazz Festival/Competition [April]
  • Awards -
    • The Lois Boyer Senior Piano Award (annual high school student award)
    • The Margaret Henrich Memorial Scholarship Award
      [for piano, voice, and instrument] (annual high school student award)
    • The William Gillock Memorial Award is given when there is an applicant demonstrating outstanding achievement in the area of composition.
    • The Janet Alexander Sacred Music Award is given to a high school senior musician who has demonstrated exceptional participation in the area of sacred music.
  • Scholarships
    • Summer music camp scholarships may be awarded to qualified students
      who are in grades 7-11.
  • Student Affiliate Membership Program - This program opens the door for students to
    be eligible for participation in Texas Music Teachers Association events. These include:
    • Theory exams
    • Original composition contests
    • World of Music Programs
    • Chamber Music Festival

Linda Secor and Sue Hansen just a few years back!
Delana Cook and Carolyn Adams, a couple of cards.
Senior Student Awards
Anne Jenkins at work.
Linda Shirley and Karen Austin - hardworking judges.
Life Member Betty Sue Hall
Arlene Davenport - CFO.
Suzanne Taitte and Margaret Mulvey-Claiborne greeting their public.