Promoting the love and knowledge of music through teaching and performance.”


Yukon Registered Music Teachers offer lessons in piano, strings, orchestra, woodwinds, brass, percussion, voice and theories. Instruction varies across many musical styles, from classical to jazz.

Our teachers maintain high musical and academic qualifications. It is important that students receive quality music instruction from the beginning. Students are encouraged to achieve their best musical potential.

YRMTA is committed to furthering the art of music through programs that support teaching and performance while offering professional growth and networking opportunities for teachers and musicians.  Master classes, workshops and private lessons with visiting musicians and instructors inspire students, teachers and parents.

The association presents a number of fine cultural events through public concerts and organized studio recitals. Many of the YRMTA members are active performers who contribute to the Yukon arts community.


YRMTA strives to educate and encourage teachers and students alike in their musical pursuits through its support of the following local programs and events:

Whitehorse Concerts – Youth Tickets for Series and Workshops
Suzuki Strings Association – Winter Camps and Workshops
RCME: Practical Exams
RCME: Theory Exams
Rotary Music Festival
Yukon Summer Music Camp

As well YRMTA cooperates with other musical organizations in the community and Territory.

From the small salon concerts of the late 60s to the present day association of dedicated  teachers, YRMTA has become intrinsically woven into the cultural fabric of the Yukon.

Any musicians and teachers interested in becoming a member of the YRMTA, or parents and students seeking quality music instruction please contact us. A directory of current music teachers is available here.

Yukon Registered Music Teachers' Association

Yukon Registered Music Teachers' Association

Latest News and Reviews





YRMTA Young Composer’s Competition 

Calling Young Composers!

If you were preparing a composition for Rotary Music Festival, or if you currently have a composition in the works, there is still a forum to show it off! 
The YRMTA Young Composer’s Competition is open to students 19 years of age and under, currently studying music with a teacher who is a member of the YRMTA. 

To enter, submit an electronic copy of the music to Andrea McColeman  by May 8th. If possible please also send a recording – a phone voice memo quality or midi recording is fine. If the piece is over 3 pages long a recording is required.  

Please also include your your name, age, and the name of your teacher as well as your (or your parents) phone number and e-mail. You may also include a short paragraph talking about your piece or a picture that tells the story of the music.

Pieces will be adjudicated by Canadian composer Christine Donkin and the winners announced May 22. 

The winners will be eligible to enter the Canada-wide CFMTA  Student Composer Competition 

Any questions feel free to contact Andrea McColeman or send a note on the YRMTA Contact page.  

A Letter From Our President 

Encouraging words from the president of the Yukon Registered Teachers Association:

   As we pass into these unprecedented times that we are all experiencing, we must remember that student/mentor relationships have been going on for centuries, and as we must TEMPORARILY distance our personal contact, we must adapt to how to do online lessons. No duets with our students, no touching their wrist or arm to help positioning or relaxation, and perhaps frustration with our new technical tools. 
   We are required to be deeper thinking teachers, to be able to measure and respond to anxiety from computer based perception, to think of new ways to accomplish musical gains, and have new games to play. Teaching is an art form that is always developing new ways to develop musical minds. 
   Sharing ideas, tips, forums used is helpful. Connection will make our isolation more bearable, and help us to realize that we are ALL in this together.

Anna Avery 

President YRMTA

May/June RCM THEORY Exam Update 

A message from the Royal Conservatory of Music Certificate Program

May/June Exam Session Update

We truly appreciate the challenges you face during a difficult period and also the time, dedication, and effort that has been made by you and your students in preparation for theory exams. We want to help you and your students to complete the year and achieve the goals towards which you have been working. Over the past few years we have introduced online options to provide teachers and students with greater flexibility and support in their musical journey. These online courses now provide us with the ability to ensure that all theory students can complete their examinations within the academic year (ending June 30) as planned. In the interests of safety, we are therefore replacing May in-person exams with online exams. Exam centers will be closed at this time and online exams will proceed.  

What does this mean? 

Students registered in the May theory exam session will receive an email with instructions on how to access and complete their exam online.  
We encourage you to work with your student through FaceTime, email, phone, or other virtual means to continue supporting them with their questions. 
A webinar will be available to walk you through the format of the online exam and provide tips on how to support your students during this period of social distancing. 
There is no additional cost to you or any student that is already registered for the May Theory Session. 

This solution will enable students to stay on track with their educational plans and support your ability to continue teaching during this time.  

What do I need to do?  

You will receive an invitation to attend a webinar by April 8 reviewing the format of the online exam. Please RSVP for the theory level that is relevant to your students. The webinar will be recorded and posted on the teacher portal for those who are unable to attend the scheduled live session.  

What about practical exams?  

For those students who have also registered for a practical examination in the May/June session, we will provide a solution by April 8 that enables completion of the exam. We are committed and dedicated to your ongoing music education and appreciate your patience as we navigate this unprecedented situation.  


The RCM Certificate Program 

Exceptional Performances by Yukon Music Teachers 

Yukon Music Teachers Fundraiser/ Recital 2020

Thank You! To all who supported, performed and attended this years annual YRMTA Fundraiser/Teachers' recital.


Performers delighted the full-house audience at the Riverdale Baptist Church this past month.





"Music to Warm the Heart and Soul"  

YRMTA 2020 Annual Music Teachers' Recital

It is a new year and a cold Yukon January so far with record lows in the territory of -44! Happy New Year!As well as teaching and helping students to prepare for upcoming Conservatory exams and Rotary performances, Yukon  Registered Music Teachers are busy preparing for their annual Fundraiser/Music Recital and it is sure to "Warm the Heart and Soul" 

Tickets are officially on sale and available from your YRMTA teacher. Stay tuned as we introduce this years performers.

February 16, 2020 at 3pm

download a PDF copy of this poster for posting!



Canada Music Week Recital December 1st 

YRMTA music students are celebrating Canada Music Week and well,  just good music in general with performances on piano, guitar, vocals and violin.

Join us on Sunday, December 1st at the Riverdale Baptist Church, 15 Duke Road.  

Doors open at 2:40 and the recital begins at 3:00 - 4:00 .
Please join us to listen to these aspiring musicians.
Free Admission

National Piano Competition Awards Announced 

Congratulations to the "Winner of the Willard Schultz Most Promising Performing Artist Award- Jamie Phillips-Freedman, Yukon" 

This is a notable accomplishment for a student from the Yukon. It also carries a $1500 prize. Congratulatios Jamie!





Inspire Song - North for 90 Scholarship 

The Inspire Song - North for 90 Scholarship

The Inspire Song - North for 90 scholarship is created for youth/young adults 12 to 18 years of age who are inspired to write original songs or music in any lyrical/musical format in any genre. The songs must be either lyric- or music-based. Up to 8 applicants will be eligible to receive this award. 

The awarded funds must be used as tuition or fees for lessons or mentorship with a Yukon songwriter or musician of their choosing.  The applicant must provide a letter explaining their desire to receive this fund, with information on who they will be mentored by or take lessons from. 

Applicants may be invited to perform their original songs at an event to celebrate the songwriters who receive support from the Inspire Song - North for 90 scholarship. 

This scholarship was established in memory of Aylie Sparkes.  Born Peter Thiessen in Steinbach, Manitoba, he arrived in the Yukon in 2001 with a truck full of guitars and $5 to his name.  In the first year he made his presence felt performing an unheard of 250 shows, mainly at the Discovery Bar (Taku), where people would line up down the street to get a seat where they grew to expect the unexpected.  Though influenced by Hendrix, Elmore James, Robert Johnson, and Duane Allman, his slide guitar diversity was his strength, paired with his innate ability to draw his audience into his light, albiet country, blues, gospel, or funk. 

He supported many local artists on stage and in recordings before releasing his debut record "Beautiful & Deranged", which was nominated for "Blues Album of the Year" at the Western Canadian Music Awards. 

His creativity and love for performing, playing, and writing was felt by many in the four lears he lived in the North, before passing of cancer in May 2005 at the age of 38. 

Access to the online application form can be made at  Click on the button at the bottom of "Apply" that cites the Inspire Song Application form, fill in and submit. 

If any further help is  needed, Sophie at the Yukon Foundations can be reached at 393-2454, or better still by email

deadline to apply - July 31, 2019

Sumi Kim Piano Recital 

Sumi Kim is a spirited young South Korean, now a Yukoner, who is an amazing pianist. At this point in her life she is self taught and recently entered 6 advanced pieces in the Rotary Music Festival for some experience and feedback. Sumi has plans to eventually audition for some universities in the coming years. She has been enjoying some accompanying and also plays drums, keys and percussion in a band !!  

Sumi Kim will give a piano recital at the Riverdale Baptist Church on Thursday evening, May 23 at 7:00. Admission by Donation.  Please pass on this information to your students and friends.




Strings Extravganza!  

Yukon Registered Music Teachers’ Association presents:  

All the Strings! Baroque Strings Collective, Fiddleheads, Suzuki Strings, and Whitehorse String Ensemble come together for the spectacle of the year. Each group will do their thing on the Arts Center stage and then, for the grand finale, they all play together in a giant orchestra. The likes of which have only been seen once before, last year at this very event! Don't miss it.

March 3rd, 3pm at the Yukon Arts Centre