SDMTA was founded in 1955 by a group of music educators across the state who joined forces to improve the standards of teaching music although membership is open to all music professionals.. The primary function of SDMTA is to serve the needs of teachers who teach privately or as an employee of a school, church, business, college, or other organization. Our members teach piano, organ, voice, strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion to individuals or to small groups.
SDMTA is an affiliate of Music Teachers National Association. 24,000 members in fifty states and the District of Columbia broaden the scope of our state organization.
SDMTA has five local associations which sponsor their own events in Aberdeen, the Black Hills, Brookings, Huron and Sioux Falls.
Membership in SDMTA and its local associations requires membership in MTNA.
"It was like being at a mini-national conference!" is the way President Susanne Skyrm described the
2014 SDMTA Professional Development Conference. That seemed to be the consensus among those who
attended the packed two and one-half day event held in conjunction with the 8th Annual Dakota Sky
International Piano Festival in June.