Kentucky Music Teachers Association


Our 2016 KMTA state conference was truly a successful event!

For the first time, we had three different locations hosting various events – from competitions, to Allstate and conference sessions.
We received a record number of entries – 91 students between MTNA and Bluegrass competitions, and we will be sending 11 students to compete in the regional divisions in January in South Carolina.

Our composer’s concert was well attended and we heard wonderful performances and new, exciting pieces. Collegiate chapters from around Kentucky presented posters on their research, and one chapter will represent Kentucky in the National conference with a poster.
Harry Pickens delivered a memorable concert on Sunday night, sharing stories of his incredible life experiences and taking requests from the audience.

On Monday, the level of research and scholarship was unsurpassed, throughout the sessions we experienced extended techniques for voice and piano, learned useful practice tips, discovered a score system for sight-reading software, heard about pedagogical treasures from Paris, talked about performance anxiety tips, experienced how Blues can be helpful with our students, and learned what technology can offer in the world of teaching.

Allstate Keyboard ensemble offered a touching performance to Joy Carden. It was the last time All State was part of the conference – next year All State will be an independent event – more information forthcoming soon.

I would like to thank every single person involved in the success of this 2016 KMTA State Conference!

Bernardo Scarambone
KMTA President 2016-2018

Kentucky Music Teachers Association

Affiliated with Music Teachers National Association

KMTA is a nonprofit educational organization representing music teachers in studios, conservatories, music schools, public schools, private schools, colleges, and universities. The purpose of KMTA is to further music education in the state of Kentucky and to nurture growth and professional development by providing programs that encourage and support teaching, performance, composition, and research.


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The mission of the Kentucky Music Teachers Association is to advance the value of music study, music making, and music appreciation and enjoyment to
Kentuckians and to support the professionalism of Kentucky music teachers.


The Kentucky MTA believes music study is integral to the education, development, and enhancement of each Kentuckian, and the rich cultural
history of the Commonwealth is ideal for the promotion of individual, collective, and diverse artistic expression.

To lead our state in this vision, Kentucky MTA will:
1) improve the level of professionalism within the field of applied music teaching
2) help the public readily identify competent music teachers in their communities
3) support programs to financially assist music teachers and students with their educational pursuits
4) advocate for the support of music and music education
5) foster programs that provide diverse high quality musical experiences
6) support local associations and student chapters by providing incentive funding programs and grant information

Approved Tuesday, October 25, 2005