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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. 

~ Branch News ~

Hello Membership!


We have a new branch program coming your way: the South Bay Branch Music Festival happening on Saturday, March 25th, 2023. 


It is a program that allows our music students to participate in a themed audition and gives them an opportunity to perform at our main festival event. 


Our 2023 audition and festival theme is the etudes of Friedrich Burgmuller, which is geared towards the late beginning and intermediate piano students. In the future, we hope to have more themes that allow all students to get involved. 


Please visit for more information! 


Thank you,

Natsha Siri, David Wu, and Emily Andersen 

2022 SCJBF Regional Winners

Matthew Chang Elmer Su
Zoe Fan Gail Mellert
Kevin Hu Elmer Su
Noah Liao Elmer Su
Yugo Maeda Gail Mellert
Coco Sakuma Gail Mellert
Iris Shia Elmer Su
Noah Weiss Way Wong
Audrey Zhang Elmer Su

Darren Chang Betty Cheung
Berkeley Chau Dr.Linda Govel
Audrey Chin Dr. Linda Govel
Luke Hsu  Dr. Linda Govel
Jaden Huang Asuka Restauri
Ella Huang Asuka Restauri
Henry Huang Dr. Linda Govel
Hannah Huang Dr. Linda Govel
Patrick Hwang Jin Yoo
Kilan Lam Dr. Linda Govel
Nicole LeBaron Dr. Janet Favreau
Ryan Lin Su Chuan Cheng
Nicole Shao Su Chuan Cheng
Sophia Shen Lina Lee
Abigail Tenn Esther Keel
Astin Tsai Su Chuan Cheng
Billy Waldman Dr. Janet Favreau
Troy Wilson Dr. Linda Govel
Kona Wong Betty Cheung
Eddy Yao Dr. Janet Favreau
Art Yao Dr. Janet Favreau
Allison Yu Betty Cheung
Evalyn Yu Betty Cheung
Jerry Zhang Su Chuan Cheng

2022 Scholarship Audition Winners


Mieczyslaw Munz Memorial Scholarship Outstanding Pianist Award
1st Place Rhys Moon (studio of Esther Keel)
2nd Place Isaac Chun (studio of Dr. Hyun Jung Han)
Honorable Mention Jacqueline Chang (studio of Mihyang Keel)
Honorable Mention Yuxiang Zhang (studio of David Wu)

AMUSE Senior Pianist Award (High School Senior)
James Govednik (studio of Dr. Linda Govel)

Senior String Award
1st Place Vanessa Niu (studio of Elmer Su)
2nd Place Emma Zhong (studio of Elmer Su)

AMUSE Senior String Award (High School Senior)
Sarah Schmainda (studio of Gail Gerding Mellert)

​Senior Vocalist Award
1st Place Rhys Moon (studio of Soonhwa Park)
2nd Place Jooin Byun (studio of Soonhwa Park)

Senior Woodwind Award
1st Place Claire Dokko (Flute)(studio of Verna Balch)

Erika Chary Memorial Scholarship Intermediate Pianist Award
1st Place Jimmy Yang (studio of David Wu)
2nd Place Nicole LeBaron (studio of Dr. Janet Favreau)
Honorable Mention Henry Huang (studio of Dr. Linda Govel)

Intermediate String Award
1st Place Victor Chen (studio of Elmer Su)
2nd Place Alvin Chen (studio of Elmer Su)
Honorable Mention Audrey Zheng (studio of Elmer Su)

Intermediate Vocalist Award
1 st Place Sarah Choi (studio of Soonhwa Park)
2nd Place Yejoo Byun (studio of Soonhwa Park)

Junior String Award
1st Place Sophia Zhang (studio of Elmer Su)

Erika Chary Memorial Scholarship Junior Pianist Award
1st Place Ethan Wang (studio of David Wu)
2nd Place Hannah Huang (studio of Dr. Linda Govel)
Honorable Mention Luke Hsu (studio of Dr. Linda Govel)

Composer's Today
2022 Mendenhall Composition Winners 

Ages 6 - 9: Megan Ngo
Ages 10 - 13:  Naya Lesser
Ages 14 - 18:  Madhurima Premkumar

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