An interpretation of the value imparted by the Victorian Music Teachers’ Association (VMTA) to music education in Australia

Elizabeth Mitchell, PhD

The Victorian Music Teachers’ Association (VMTA) has provided a voice for instrumental music teachers for almost ninety years yet its history is undocumented. With a heritage that sets it apart from parallel organisations within Australia, the VMTA has at times been a powerful force. This research examines the origins, the influential people who shaped the VMTA, the benefits of membership, and relationships with other organisations that have assisted the VMTA, providing an interpretation of the Association’s place within community music.


  • Associate Professor Neryl Jeanneret
  • Associate Professor Jane Southcott