What is the QMTA?

The Quebec Music Teachers' Association is a non-profit organization managed by a volunteer council and comprised of approximately 150 registered music teachers across Quebec. QMTA registered teachers automatically become members of the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers' Associations (CFMTA).

Does the majority of QMTA members teach in the Agglomeration of Montreal?

Yes, 72% of our membership reside on the Island of Montreal. However, we are extremely interested to include members of other regions in the future.

What are the benefits of membership?
  • Recognition as a qualified, professional music teacher and have the right to use the designation RMT (Registered Music Teacher).
  • Listing in the official directory and ensuing referrals. Personalized listing in QMTA's Find a teacher on-line directory.
  • Group commercial liability insurance coverage.
  • Opportunity to participate at open meetings, lectures, master classes, and recitals which provide interaction with colleagues in the same field and the opportunity to explore pedagogical issues.
  • Free subscription to The Canadian Music Teacher, the journal of the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers' Associations (CFMTA) as well as MusiWeb, QMTA's official e-journal.
  • Be informed of musical news, events, and developments in the community.
  • The opportunity to become a member of our executive and to help influence the development of music teaching in the province.
  • The right to attend the biennial CFMTA convention held in different Canadian cities.
  • Your students' participation in Canada Music Week recitals and events, Club activities, such as the Kinder Club and the Adults' Performance Clubs, the CFMTA National Student Composer Competition, the CFMTA National Piano Competition, as a Quebec delegate, the Master classes and workshops, the QMTA Spring Recital and the Montreal Classical Music Festival.
What are the membership criteria?

Criteria depend on the status. An active member is a qualified teaching professional. A provisional member is a teacher who is working toward a diploma and a sufficient amount of pedagogical experience to fill the active membership requirements. Friend members are not music teachers but have a deep interest in music and a sincere desire to further the aims and ideals of the Association. Members must be 18 years and over and must reside in the province of Quebec.

For more information on membership status check out the "Become a member" section.

Is it possible to join at any time, and is there a half-rate?

The application/renewal period runs from August 15 to September 15. After September 15, it is still possible to join or renew, but a late fee of $10 is charged. QMTA is closed between June 15 and August 15. 

How do we proceed?

Please simply fill an application form found at the "Become a Member" section, and send it along with copies of diplomas/transcripts, a short CV, and your annual dues to :

Mrs. Melissa Faustin, QMTA registrar, 628 ch. Côte-Ste-Catherine, Outremont, H2V 2C5.

Membership application will become valid upon QMTA council's approval.

When will I receive my membership card?

It takes about ten days. The QMTA will contact you by email upon reception of your documents, and will let you know the details.

Are all your activities reserved to members?

Enrolling music students as participants in QMTA activities, including the Montreal Classical Music Festival, is strictly reserved to active and provisional members. However, the public is generally invited to attend. Admission fees may apply.

Actual members

I would like my name to appear in the "Find a Teacher" online directory. How do I proceed?

The "Find a teacher" online directory is a database, which allows parents and students to find a teacher by entering a locality, and a practical and/or theoretical subject. To be listed, active and provisional members must check the authorization box on their application or renewal form. If you are not listed, but would like to be, please contact the website manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Can my listing be edited or deleted?

Changes or additions can be made by the website manager. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your wishes.

Are all my personal info going to be published on the Internet?

Your listing includes your name, phone numbers, email, website, your region or borough, and information about your teaching. Your address and your date of birth are confidential.

Is it possible to be referred by the Association?

When a prospect music student contacts the QMTA to have a referral, we direct him to the website. If the person doesn't have access to the Internet, or if the request is too precise, we try to be as fair as possible and provide him with all the names that meet their criteria.

I would like my listing to appear in more than one municipality or borough. Is it possible?

Each listing may only be associated with one municipality or borough. However, when a user enters other keywords, no doubt your name will come up in the search.

How can I communicate with other members?

Members may communicate directly with other members listed in the members' directory. Anyone wishing to transmit information to all the members should send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Messages judged relevant and appropriate will be transferred to the members on our list.

Are all QMTA communications sent be email?

Members directory, calendar of activities, membership cards, and certificates of insurance are sent by regular mail. MusiWeb is sent by email and can be downloaded from the "members only" section of the Website. Any member who does not have access to the Internet may request a paper copy ($18 per year).

Who can join the Board of directors?

The QMTA is directed by a volunteer council. All active and provisional members can be part of the Executive Committee and friend members can become directors. The Committee is elected each year, during the QMTA General meeting.

Why do membership dues include liability insurance?

As we are remunerated to teach our students, we are practicing a commercial activity that exposes us to different types of risks that can generate civil liability lawsuits. Even if we teach in a school, we need some protection when outdoor activities like concerts, exams, and festivals are taking place. We also need protection during various QMTA events, and against combined lawsuits involving the QMTA members as an association. If this insurance was to be taken individually by each teacher, the premiums would be unduly high, but the QMTA is in a position to provide it to each of its members under a group insurance policy. It is offered at a very reasonable rate because we share it with members of all the other provincial associations affiliated with the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers' Associations (CFMTA) across Canada. In order for this insurance to be in force, all the members must participate. This insurance is mandatory for all QMTA active & provisional members as it is mandatory for all the members of the other provincial associations.

See more information about our group commercial liability insurance.

Parents & Students

Which instruments are taught by your teachers?

Among our 150 members, you will find teachers of about 25 different instruments, and 30 theoretical subjects. They teach in 25 languages, to students of pre-school age all the way to seniors, from preparatory to university level.

Which factors should be considered when looking for the right music teacher?

You will make your choice based on experience, music diplomas, location, methods and programs offered. But also, you will try to find a personality that inspires you. Those factors are the most important, regardless of your goal, whether you take lessons with a view of personal development or long-term preparation for official examinations.

Why choose a QMTA teacher?

QMTA members are qualified and experimented professionals. They offer quality instruction in both the practical and the theoretical aspects of music training. The Association offers support, ongoing training and teacher development.  The profession is governed by a code of ethics. Students have performance opportunities: recitals, competitions, masterclasses, and other exclusive QMTA activities and events. 

Advanced students wishing to pursue a music teaching career may become provisional members and have access to a support network, training and mentoring, which will allow them to acquire experience while they complete their music diploma.

business owners

Does QMTA offer advertising opportunities?

Yes, of course. QMTA business partners can take advantage of exposure that targets the music community precisely. is very well positioned. Our audience is mainly composed of music teachers, parents, students.

What forms of advertising are available to businesses and organizations?
Does the QMTA deliver receipts for donations?

The QMTA is not a registered charity, therefore it is not authorized to issue receipts for donations. Customers receive an invoice for the purchase of advertising services, which will be tax-deductible as an expense. The QMTA does not charge sales taxes.

Is it possible to get a business, a service or a product endorsed by the QMTA?

QMTA views and opinions may differ from those of the advertisers, therefore products and services offered by our partners cannot be officially endorsed by the QMTA. 

Is it possible to obtain a members directory for advertising purposes?

The members directory is owned by the QMTA and may not be used for advertising purposes. However, if you wish to transmit information (articles, promotions, events) to all the members, please send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Messages judged relevant and appropriate will be transferred to the members on our emailing list.

Montreal Classical Music Festival

Is MCMF participation reserved to QMTA members' students?

The privilege is indeed reserved to active and provisional members' students. Teachers may apply for membership by sending an application form with the required documents, and membership dues ($125) within 7 days of their students' Festival entries. QMTA membership fees have to be paid separately, to Quebec Music Teachers' Association.

What is the deadline for sending MCMF entry forms? Are late entries accepted?

Deadline for Festival entries is March 15, 2019.

Late applicants must request approval from the Registrar's office This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Deferred entries may be subject to additional fees.

Are late entries accepted?

Late applicants must request approval from the Registrar's office This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Deferred entries may be subject to additional fees.

Entry Form
How can I make sure my applications are not returned or delayed?

By following these simple guidelines, making sure your application is 100% complete and accurate:

  • Fill one form per candidate, per class, including ensembles.
  • Provide a valid email for each candidate. If a candidate does not have an email address, they may put in the teacher's.
  • Repertoire : Indicate name of composer, title, and if applicable, the opus or catalogue number, and movement played. Eg. Beethoven, Piano Sonata, op. 2, no. 1, 1st movement: Allegro.
  • Provide total timing of performance, including pauses between pieces. If the candidate cannot play the piece at time of application, we suggest to put an approximate timing found on a CD or an online video. Do not exceed maximum timing.
  • Calculate the fees accurately, and make the cheque payable to: Montreal Classical Music Festival, and dated March 15, at the latest. Overpayments will not be recoverable.
  • Do not staple the cheques. You may fold the entry forms, but please do not cut them or alter them in any way.
I sent my entry forms, and I would like confirmation of receipt.

MCMF Secretary's office will send an acknowledgement of receipt to each individual applicant by email. Because we receive an impressive amount of mail, we ask that you allow three weeks before contacting us. Around April 15, teachers will receive by mail the official schedule, with a convocation booklet for each of their students.

Is it possible to make changes to a candidate's application, once sent?

Requests for changes must reach the MCMF Secretary's office before April 1st. A $15 fee applies for each change of repertoire, age group or class. Jury may be verbally notified of removals or changes in the order of the pieces, at the time of performance (no charge).

What if my timing exceeds the limit for my age group?

In that case, you will need to pick a higher age group that allows you to play your program.

In case of cancellation, can I get a refund?

Entry fees are non-refundable, and not transferable.

Why are cheques made out to Quebec Music Teachers Association not accepted for Montreal Classical Music Festival entry fees?

Quebec Music Teachers' Association's and Montreal Classical Music Festival's bank accounts are not linked.

Gala Concert
Do all prize winners play at the gala?

All winners must come to the gala to receive their prizes, but they do not perform. Candidates who receive the highest marks of their category (trophy recipient) are invited to play at the gala by the adjudicator, generally on the day of their performance.

What if I cannot attend the gala?

You may designate a person to pick up your prizes. After the gala, prizes will be deposited at the Co-op Vincent-d'Indy, 628, chemin Côte-Ste-Catherine, Outremont (students' entrance), tel. 514 342-5106) until June 23, where they can be claimed. Prizes will not be sent by mail. Lost cheques will not be made again. After that date, unclaimed amounts will revert to the MCMF bursary fund.

How much is admission to the MCMF sessions and gala ?

Admission to Saturday, Sunday and Monday sessions is free for all. General admission to MCMF Gala is $10, and free for participants upon presentation of their convocation booklet, as well as for the Festival sponsors, members of the jury and volunteers.

Is there a specific dress code for the MCMF competitors?

We encourage a respectful and conservative recital dress code. Gala performers are expected to wear appropriate attire for the event.

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