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The Music Teachers' Association of California (MTAC) is a professional music organization created in 1897 to promote excellence in the music teaching profession.


The South Bay Branch of MTAC was chartered in 1956 with just ten active members.

Currently, there are over 130 members serving the communities of southwestern Los Angeles County including Carson, Cypress, El Segundo, Gardena, Harbor City, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Inglewood, Lawndale, Lomita, Manhattan Beach, the Palos Verdes Peninsula, Redondo Beach, San Pedro, and Torrance.

Active Membership is the highest level of membership in MTAC.

  • Bachelor’s degree in music from an accredited college, university, or conservatory (or the equivalent)

  • A degree emphasis or four years of individual study at a college level in the desired Primary Instrument or Subject

  • Two years teaching experience in the Primary Instrument or Subject

  • Compliance with MTAC Bylaws

MTAC State Code of Ethics

(revised and accepted in 2014) 

Music Teachers’ Association of California (MTAC) was founded and incorporated in 1897 under the laws of the State of California to promote excellence in music education and the music teaching profession. The goals found in the MTAC’s Code of Ethics are not conditions of membership, but are ideals and aspirations for each MTAC member.

We, the members of the Music Teachers’ Association of California, shall aspire to: 

  • Be a musical resource to our community, and encourage our students to be musically involved in their communities.

  • Encourage, guide, and develop the musical potential of each student, and treat every student with dignity and respect without discrimination.

  • Clearly communicate to students the expectations of our studios, and respect the personal privacy of students unless disclosure is required by law.

  • Respect the student’s right to obtain instruction from the teacher of his or her choice.

  • Accurately represent our professional qualifications, and strive for continued professional development.

  • Respect the reputation and goodwill of colleagues and refrain from making false or malicious statements about colleagues.

  • Refrain from disclosing sensitive information about colleagues obtained in the course of professional service unless disclosure is required by law or serves a compelling professional purpose in accordance with state and federal laws and/or MTAC practices, policies, and procedures. 

2021 VOCE South Bay Branch Competition / Audition

Saturday February 6, 2020 @ 9:00AM - 3:30PM
Live adjudication with a live stream of pre-recorded performance video


Congratulations to all performers for their performances, and congratulations to all first place winners who will proceed to the state finals.
Thank you for your support with the 2021 VOCE Branch Audition.

Deborah Aitken

Program Chair - February 9, 2021 Branch Program

Certificate of Merit Theory Preparation Class for MTAC South Bay Branch Teachers

Conducted by: Dr. Linda Govel  - President of the MTAC South Bay Branch

The Music Teachers’ Association of California has many theory grading guidelines that are essential for success on student exams. Dr. Govel will go over many of these guidelines while offering tips to teachers in teaching these concepts clearly. Personal online teaching strategies will also be covered. This is a free class which is open to all disciplines, with handouts to help you and your students, and if time permits there will be an open discussion. 



Beach Cities Symphony missed the chance to perform with, and hear, these amazing student musicians due to the pandemic – now, see & hear them featured here!

Congratulations to our High School Seniors for completing CM 2020 and qualifying for Senior Medallion!

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