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CAPMT is the California State Affiliate of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA). CAPMT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit music teachers organization of over 1,000 members, teaching in independent studios, private and public schools, conservatories, colleges, and universities throughout California.

CAPMT offers a variety of state programs for the music student and education and professional opportunities for its members. California is divided into nine geographical districts, some of which are subdivided into chapters. The districts and chapters provide local opportunities for student performances, competitions, evaluations, and for teacher enrichment, education, and interaction.

MTNA was founded in 1876 and is the oldest music professional association in the United States. MTNA membership for California is possible only through CAPMT; conversely, membership in CAPMT includes membership in MTNA. Studio teachers, performers, and educational institutions benefit from a national affiliation and perspective. National and divisional programs, interstate and intrastate legal information, representation in Washington DC, involvement in the Alliance for Arts Education and American Music Conference, all create a powerful voice for music teachers and their special concerns. California is part of the MTNA Southwest Division, which also includes Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, and Hawaii.

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Message from the President


I am honored to begin my term as President of the California Association of Professional Music Teachers. I am looking forward to serving you and our incredible organization.

Welcome to our new website! We are thrilled to unveil its new look and features and are so grateful to the team of people that have worked so hard to make it a reality. All of the information you need will be available for you here on the website. We are still building all aspects of the website, so if you don’t see something now, it’s on its way!

CAPMT offers many opportunities for our students including auditions, assessments, evaluations and competitions at state and local levels.

Our YPLN (Young Professional Leadership Network) serves new and emerging California music teachers in the early stages of their careers. This initiative helps to nurture our next generation of teachers through mentorship, leadership opportunities and presence at our state conferences.

CAPMT and Social Music Works are proud partners in the online James Ramos International Video Competition that is open to all instrumental and vocal soloists of all ages and genres, including classical, pop, rock, jazz and improvisation. Categories include students, teachers, YPLN and amateur adults.

Please join us as we connect with each other and our students to enrich the world through music.

Warm regards,

Wendi Kirby-Alexander

 The USA Teachers National Association

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