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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.

Wellness Blog: Studio cleaning part 2: The piano keyboard

  • Posted on: 16 November 2017
  • By: Justin Hedrick (justin)

Infection Control in the Music Studio, Part 2:  Cleaning and Disinfecting Acoustic Piano Keys

As a savvy piano teacher who wants to keep the spread of infectious and harmful microorganisms out of your teaching space, you will:

  1. Avoid teaching sick students.

  2. Cancel lessons when you yourself are ill.

  3. Require effective handwashing or sanitizing before any person plays your keyboards.

  4. Regularly clean and, with discretion, also safely sanitize or disinfect the piano keys.

ISMTA Competition Guidelines

  • Posted on: 6 June 2017
  • By: Justin Hedrick (justin)

ISMTA Competition Guidelines

ISMTA Elementary Piano Solo Performance Competition

  • Age: 7-10 as of September 1, 2017
  • Repertoire: Perform at least two contrasting pieces
  • Entry Fee: $30
  • Maximum Judging Time: 8 minutes
  • First Place Award: $75.00

ISMTA Junior Piano Solo Performance Competition

ISMTA Competitions Announcement

  • Posted on: 2 May 2017
  • By: Justin Hedrick (justin)

Exciting news! ISMTA Competitions are going to be restructured in IL!  We hope this new format will encourage more of you to participate and help our students enjoy competing on the state level in Illinois.

These are the changes that were voted in at our Board meeting on April 23rd.

Winner of composer commissioning program announced

  • Posted on: 5 February 2017
  • By: Justin Hedrick (justin)
Composition winner photo

Amy Jo Sawyer, Chair of the ISMTA Composer Commissioning Program Competition, is pleased to announce the 2016 winner.  Mr. Dallin Gull of  Naperville, IL, has been judged recipient of first place. He will compose a new piece for a Trio of instruments that will be performed at the 2017 ISMTA Conference in November and is the recipent of a $1500 cash prize from ISMTA and MTNA. 

His new composition will then be sent to the MTNA National Competition. Judges for the competition were Patti Nyien, Janice Razaq, Christopher Goldston and Lynette Zellis.

A Wellness special feature: Infection Control in the Music Studio, Part 1: Hand Hygiene

  • Posted on: 15 January 2017
  • By: Justin Hedrick (justin)

Infection Control in the Music Studio, Part 1:  Hand Hygiene

The bright red and white poster in the outpatient hospital corridor caught my eye.  It was a publication of Advocate Christ Medical Center’s Heart & Vascular Institute.

The question across the top read: “What are the Top 10 ways to Spread Germs?”