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ISMTA Quick Overview

The Illinois State Music Teachers Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization affiliated to the Music Teachers National Association. We welcome all music teachers!   

If you are interested in the opportunities available through ISMTA/MTNA membership and are concerned about the welfare of music in society, you are invited to join. It is not necessary to have a music degree or be affiliated with a music school.

Composer Commissioning Program

  • Posted on: 26 September 2016
  • By: Justin Hedrick (justin)

The ISMTA Composer Commisioning program is a great way for composers of any age range from all across the United States to showcase their talent at both the state level with their piece being performed at the state conference and they have a chance to compete nationally against other state winners for the MTNA Distinguished Compersor of the year competition. 

More information can be found in the document below! 

Composer Commisioning Program 


Louisiana MTA Music Teachers in need

  • Posted on: 25 September 2016
  • By: Justin Hedrick (justin)

Recent Flooding in Louisiana has taken a serious toll and placed a serious financial burden on  many local teachers.  

Here is the information if you wish to donate. They need cash more than anything else. They have already received plenty of donated music. 

The Treasurer for the Louisiana Music Teachers Association is:
Teresa Thomason
609 W. Pointe Dr. 
Alexandria, LA 71303-2383

Please make checks payable to LMTA, and put SOS (Save Our Students) in the subject line. Send checks to Teresa Thomason.

Congratulations to the newly certified ISMTA Teachers!

  • Posted on: 22 September 2016
  • By: Justin Hedrick (justin)

We are pleased to announce the following teachers have been recogonized as Nationally Certified Teachers of Music: 

New NCTMs:


Pei-I Wang, Chatham, IL (Piano, July 2016)



Annie Hsiao, Evanston, IL (Piano, June 2016)

Adam Neiman, Chicago, IL (Piano, April 2016)

Carlyn Morenus, Bloomington, IL (Piano, February 2016)

Connie Tatum, Morton, IL (Piano, August 2015)

ISMTA 2016 Conference

  • Posted on: 10 August 2016
  • By: Alejandro Cremaschi (acremaschi)
Wesleyan Bloomington, IL

We hope that you will plan to join us this coming November for our 2016 Conference, hosted by Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL Take time to revitalize your teaching skills, find inspiration in new repertoire, listen to outstanding competitions, and network with colleagues.  Dates are November 4-6, 2016.

Read about the conference and register in the conference page.