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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.

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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. 

Deborah Aitken

Program Chair - November 10, 2020Branch Program

Adam Lavine is a lifelong musician and entrepreneur. He started learning piano at age 5, and has a degree in Computer Education (and English). Adam started his career creating educational animation videos for the National Science Foundation. He has founded several software companies, two of which were sold to public companies. Adam has worked with major content studios including Marvel, Disney and Sanrio to distribute their content through mobile carriers such as Verizon, Sprint and AT&T. He also has extensive knowledge in the music licensing business, working with labels such as Universal Records and Warner Music. In 2016 Adam worked with Chiquita Bananas and Universal Studios to integrate digital content onto 100 million bananas for their summer tentpole “Minions.”

Elite Music Online is a passion project for Adam and his wife Aiko. Their mission is to create a high-quality online music theory test preparation tools for music teachers and their students.

The presentation will cover Adam's work with Elite Music Online and how music theory teachers can use the platform as well as free tips and tricks for teaching music online, in addition to discussing current technologies including tips for Zoom, online musical performance evaluations and virtual recitals.

Adam Lavine



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!

© 2019 by MTAC South Bay

MTAC South Bay Student Recital October 2020

Our student Recitals are up and running! Please get your students involved. Lina Lee is our Student Recital Chair and she did an incredible job at the first zoom recital. Attached is a link where you can view the recital. Our Branch is so grateful for the support!

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