Membership Benefits

Network & Learn alongside local teachers

The WSMTA Program Chair and Assistant Chair work hard to create a high-quality engaging program that provides professional development in the various responsibilities that come with being a music educator. There are 6 meetings that are held between September to May. Being an active part of the meetings throughout the year provides many networking opportunities.

WSMTA Meetings location

St. Barnabas Lutheran Church
15600 Old Rockford Rd
Plymouth, MN 55446

2023-2024 Meeting Schedule

  • 9:30am-10:00am Social Time
  • 10:00-10:30 Informal Business Meeting
  • 10:30-11:30 Presentation

2023-2024 Program

  1. September 8, 2023 “The Joy of Creation as a teaching tool” Sharon Kaplan
  2. October 6, 2023 “Dr. Turley’s presentation of intermediate to advanced repertoire” Dr. Amy Grinsteiner
  3. December 8, 2023 Shared mini-presentations among WSMTA members & December Luncheon (11:30-12:15)
  4. January 5, 2024 “ADHD in Our Students and How to Meet Them Where They Are at” Mitch Grussing
  5. March 8, 2024 “Fun with Analysis:  What do all of those Accidentals Mean?” Dr. Sarah Miller
  6. May 3, 2024 “Teaching Adult Piano Students or What I Learned from my personal trainer at the gym” Rebekah Richards


Newer teachers who become WSMTA members have the opportunity to be paired up with an experienced teacher. Teachers are also encouraged to seek out other fellow colleagues who have different expertise in areas such as the numerous MMTA programs and continued education opportunities. There is a mentorship list available on our Teacher Portal, which is included in monthly e-newsletters.

December Luncheon

WSMTA hosts a member luncheon after our December meeting. Lunch and beverages are provided and allow all members a social time to connect over lunch. See the 2023-2024 Meetings above which include the luncheon information.

Continuing Education Credits

Attendance at four general meetings per year counts as one point for MTNA Recertification (NCTM) under “Attendance at local pedagogical programs.”
Teachers who work in schools are able to count attendance towards continuing education requirements.