PROSPECT MEMBERS

What is the QMTA?

The Quebec Music Teachers' Association is a non-profit organization managed by a volunteer council and comprised of approximately 120 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 resides on the Island of Montreal. However, we are extremely interested in including 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 masterclasses 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 there a reduced rate for late membership?

The application/renewal period runs from August 15 to September 15. After September 15, a late fee of $10 is charged. QMTA is closed between June 15 and August 15.

Reduced rates are not offered.

How do we proceed?

Please simply fill an online application form and send it along with copies of diplomas/transcripts, a short CV, and the prescribed annual dues to:

Mrs. Danielle Langevin, QMTA registrar, 336, boul. Saint-Francis, Suite 2, Chateauguay, Quebec J6J 1Z3.

Methods of payment include (1) cheques to the order of QMTA, (2) e-transfers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and (3) credit card payments (please provide your credit info by phone at 514 777-8035. A fee of 5 $ will be charged).

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

When will I receive my membership card?

The QMTA will contact you by email upon reception of your documents, and will inform you of further 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

What does a "Find a teacher" profile consist of?

The "Find a teacher" online directory is a database which allows parents and students to find a teacher by entering search criteria or keywords.

A teacher's profile includes their name, phone numbers, email, website, region or borough, postal code, and information about their teaching (instruments, subjects, syllabi, etc.). A picture and a short biography may be incorporated. Their full address and date of birth remain confidential. 

 

How do I proceed to have my listing in "Find a Teacher"?

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..

How can my profile 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.

Is it possible to get a referral from the Association?

When prospect music students contact the QMTA to have referrals, we direct them to the website, under "Find a Teacher". If a 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.

How can I communicate with all the members?

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 all the members on our list.

Are all QMTA communications sent be email?

Membership cards, and certificates of insurance are sent by regular mail. Directories and MusiWeb are sent by email. Members having no access to the Internet may request paper copies, for a fee of $18 per year.

Who may be appointed to the QMTA 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 annual 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.

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Parents & Students

Which instruments are taught by your teachers?

Among our 150 members, you will find teachers of 34 different instruments and 19 theoretical subjects. They teach in 29 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 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. Apmqmta.org 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 and therefore is not authorized to issue receipts for donations. Our customers receive invoices for the purchase of tax-deductible advertising services. The QMTA does not charge sales taxes.

Organizations and businesses wishing to make donations may address the Quebec Foundation for Musical Education.

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 the entirety of the membership, 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 mailing list.

Montreal Classical Music Festival

Eligibility
Why is MCMF participation reserved for QMTA members' students?

To maintain affordable registration fees, and to continue offering thousands of dollars in prizes to the Festival winners, the QMTA decided the Festival would be an activity reserved to members.

Teachers may apply for membership by filling an application form and sending it along with the prescribed documents and membership dues ($135) within 7 days of their students' Festival entries.

Entry Form
How can I ensure my students' entries are not rejected or delayed?

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

  • Fill one form per candidate, per class, including ensembles.
  • Provide a valid email.
  • Repertoire: Indicate the name of composer, title, and if applicable, opus or catalogue number, and movement played. Eg. Beethoven, Piano Sonata, op. 2, no. 1, 1st mvt.
  • Provide total timing of performance, including pauses between pieces. If the candidate cannot play the piece at the time of application, we suggest entering an approximate timing found on a CD or an online video.
  • Do not exceed maximum timing, or enter a higher age-group.
  • Calculate the fees accurately, and send your payment promptly. 
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 be mailed the official schedule with a convocation slip for each of their students' performances.

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 30. A $10 fee applies for any change of repertoire or age-group. The jury may be verbally notified of removals or changes in the order of the pieces, at the time of performance at no charge.

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

If your program goes beyond the timing limit, you should select a higher age group in which you will be allowed more time.

There are many advantages linked to a change of age-group, in this case:

  • Less stress for the performer;
  • Receiving the jury's full attention throughout the performance;
  • No risk of being interrupted;
  • Avoid comments raised by the audience.
In case of cancellation, can I get a refund?

Entry fees are non-refundable, and not transferable. Overpayments are not recoverable.

Gala Concert
I won first prize. Does this mean I will perform at the Gala concert?

Only selected winners, typically trophy recipients, will perform at the gala concert, but all must attend to receive their prizes. Candidates who are chosen to play at the gala concert are notified by the jury 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, 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. After this date, unclaimed amounts will revert to the MCMF bursary fund. Cheques will not be redrawn.

How much is admission to the MCMF sessions and gala ?

Admission to all performance sessions is free. MCMF Gala admission is free for participants upon presentation of their convocation slips, children under 12, members of the jury and volunteers, and $10 for all others.

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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