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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 ~

Congratulations to our 2021 SCJBF Regional Winners!!

Audrey Chin (Linda Govel)

Eric Chu (Su Chuan Cheng)

Lindsay Eisenman (Esther Keel)

Josef Govednik (Linda Govel)

James Govednik (Linda Govel)

Jaden Huang (Asuka Restauri)

Ella Huang (Asuka Restauri)

Henry Huang (Linda Govel)

Victoria Jung (Su Chuan Cheng)

Rei Kawanishi (Naoko Watanabe)

Brian Kim (Janet Favreau)

Nicole LeBaron (Janet Favreau)

Jacob Namgung (Linda Govel)

Vanessa Niu (Betty Cheung)

Allison Park (Jin Yoo)

Marisa Tan (Lina Lee)

Bridget Tedford (Asuka Restauri)

Mahane Tomizawa (Naomi Ozawa)

Astin Tsai (Su Chuan Cheng)

Andrew Tu (Linda Govel)

Alvin Wang (Young Yoo)

Angelina Wang (Lina Lee)

Stephen Yi (Lina Lee)

Allison Yun (Esther Keel)

Yuxiang Zhang (David Wu)

Daniel Zhou (Su Chuan Cheng)

2021 Scholarship Audition Winners


Mieczyslaw Munz Memorial Scholarship Outstanding Pianist Award
1st Place Allison Yun (studio of Esther Keel)
2nd Place Jacob Chun (studio of Dr. Hyun Jung Han)
Honorable Mention Emily Lai (studio of Esther Keel)

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

Senior String Award
1st Place Andrew Chi (studio of Elmer Su)
2nd Place Sarah Schmainda (studio of Gail Gerding Mellert)
Honorable Mention Kelly Wang (studio of Elmer Su)

AMUSE Senior Instrumentalists or Vocalist Award (High School Senior)
Kiana Alvarez. (studio of Gail Gerding Mellert)

Senior Vocalist Award
2nd Place Jooin Byun (studio of Soonhwa Park)

Senior Woodwind Award
2nd Place Claire Dokko (Flute)(studio of Verna Balch)

Erika Chary Memorial Scholarship Intermediate Pianist Award
1st Place Kenna Tu (studio of Dr. Linda Govel)

2nd Place. Jimmy Yang(studio of David Wu)
Honorable Mention
Greyson Porth(studio of Herbert Waltl)
Grant Liu (studio of Elmer Su)

Intermediate String Award
1st Place. Kevin Hu (studio of Elmer Su)
2nd Place Audrey Zheng (studio of Elmer Su)

Intermediate Vocalist Award
2nd Place Yejoo Byun (studio of Soonhwa Park)

Junior String Award
1st Place Yugo Meada (studio of Gail Gerding Mellert)
2nd Place Alvin Chen (studio of Elmer Su)

Honorable Mention Victor Chen (studio of Elmer Su)

Erika Chary Memorial Scholarship Junior Pianist Award
1st Place Nicole LeBaron (studio of Dr. Janet Favreau)
2nd Place Dylan Huang (studio of Herbert Waltl)

Honorable Mention
Audrey Chin (studio of Dr. Linda Govel)
Hannah Huang (studio of Dr. Linda Govel)
Allison Park (studio of Jin Yoo)


Congratulations to our High School Seniors for completing CM 2021 and qualifying for Senior Medallion!

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!