Alabama Music Teachers Association
Affiliated with Music Teachers National Association

Division I Winners Recital

Division II Winners Recital

Division III Winners Recital

MTNA Winners Recital

College Master Class

Poster Presentation College Groups

Commissioned Composer Award

Teacher of the Year

Welcome to the Alabama Music Teachers Association!

I am honored to have the opportunity to serve our wonderful state organization as your AMTA President from 2018 – 2020. Eight years ago I joined AMTA both as a member and board member and my first impression of the teachers of AMTA still ring true today.  Our organization is filled with member teachers who are compassionate, genuine, kind, dedicated, and passionate about enrichening the lives of students and teachers through education, professional development, musical performance, community building, creating opportunities, volunteering unselfishly, and celebrating the success of our students. 

As members of AMTA, we are all a part of Music Teachers National Association.  MTNA is committed to advancing the VALUE of music teaching and music making to society and to supporting the professionalism of music teachers.  Both MTNA and AMTA provide many opportunities for both students and teachers such as: competitions, conferences, continuing education, certification, webinars, networking, leadership, support, mentoring, grants, publications, performance opportunities, presentation opportunities, scholarship opportunities, and many member benefits. 

One of my goals is to grow our organization.  Membership in both MTNA and AMTA are continuing to decline and I believe that AMTA can be a leading force within Southern Division in growing our numbers.  We are a strong state that is doing many great things.  So I am calling upon each and every one of you to help me in this mission of growth.  I was welcomed into AMTA with great excitement, kindness, and mentorship.  Growth of our organization begins at the Local Association level.   When one person reaches out to another and shares their excitement and passion the people we meet and touch get excited too.  This excitement is contagious and can be utilized for the growth of AMTA, one member at a time. 

AMTA has 10 active Local Associations that provide a wide variety of excellent programs for both students and teachers.  At our annual state conference, we bring in world class musicians and pedagogues to provide enrichening experiences and professional development for our members and students.  We come together at the conference to not only kindle friendships and reconnect, but to be inspired, share our expertise, hear world class performances, and celebrate our student successes.

This past year AMTA presented five ASRA Awards to our accomplished students, gave out three Local Association Grants, had a Southern Division winner, and two Southern Division Honorable mentions during the MTNA Competitions. We had three new members obtain their National Certification, and we received a grant for the third year in a row from the Alabama State Council of the Arts and the National Endowment of the Arts to help with the cost for our state conference.   AMTA publishes an online journal called the “Soundboard” to keep all of our members informed throughout the year. 

AMTA has six Collegiate Chapters of which many work together with local associations and our board members by volunteering their time at festivals, competitions, and the state conference.  Our collegiate members have presented poster sessions and given collegiate member presentations at our state conferences, as well reached out into to the communities through music on their own.  Our students and these collegiate members are the future of AMTA. 

AMTA has a large 26-member Board and this year we have six brand new members serving on our Board and 13 new positions being taken on by our members who devote their time and efforts on a volunteer status.  As President I am fortunate to have such wonderful people surrounding and supporting me who are dedicated and generous in giving to AMTA and serving each and every member and student in our great state of Alabama.  I look forward to working closely with the board the next two years to continue keeping our organization strong.  Myself and the AMTA Board exists to serve each and every AMTA Member and the students we all teach and inspire. Please do not hesitate to contact myself or any board member with concerns, questions, and ideas you may have.  Let us know how we as your AMTA Board can assist you in your pursuit of excellence.  I thank each and every one of you for your dedication and commitment to sharing your love for music and creating lifelong learners. 

With respect,

Joshua K. Pifer, your AMTA President

“Music is the social act of communication among people, a gesture of friendship, the strongest there is.”  Malcom Arnold