The mission statement of the PMTA is "to cultivate the love and knowledge of music through professional music teaching, educational opportunities, and cultural events to raise the profile of music within our community." Parkland Music Teachers’ Association (PMTA) members teach a variety of music lessons in the areas of Spruce Grove, Stony Plain, and Parkland County in Alberta. The PMTA was founded in the early 1980's by Spruce Grove piano teacher, Joanne Johnston. During those early years, PMTA members met informally in Joanne's home to share teaching ideas. Today, members still share teaching ideas. In addition, they host social events, workshops, and perform at various events. In August 2011, the Parkland Music Teachers’ Association was incorporated as a not-for-profit society under the Alberta Societies Act and has become a member of the Alberta Music Festival Association (AMFA).
The PMTA hosts the annual Parkland Music Festival as well as an annual Gala concert, which is held in conjunction with the festival. In 1991, Dr. Lillian Upright of Edmonton adjudicated the first Parkland Music Festival at a single venue in Stony Plain. In recent years, the festival has expanded to four venues in Spruce Grove and Stony Plain and hosts hundreds of participants, including adjudicators, teachers, festival performers, and community volunteers. For more information about the annual Parkland Music Festival, visit www.parklandmusicfestival.org
Music teachers, arts friendly businesses, and helpful volunteers (Associate Members) are invited to join the PMTA! Please click on the link below to view the bylaws of the Parkland Music Teachers' Association.