The Yukon Registered Music Teachers’ Association (YRMTA, formerly YMTA) began as a group of music teachers in the late 1960’s who got together for home recitals and to share their knowledge of and experience with music instruction. In the early 1970’s these teachers joined together formally as the YMTA to enhance the quality of life in the Yukon and particularly in Whitehorse by promoting the love and knowledge of music through their teaching. In 2010 the YMTA was accepted into the national organization Canadian Federation of Music Teachers’ Associations and became registered. From that time on it became known as the Yukon Registered Music Teachers’ Association or YRMTA.
As of the year 2013-14, all members of YRMTA are Whitehorse music teachers. We get together regularly to discuss matters of the association, students, concerns of teachers, and local performances. Some meetings are in fact workshops presented by current members or other professionals hired or contracted on topics such as relaxation techniques, teaching young children, and studio management. YRMTA schedules or commits to doing one public performance a year in which most of its members perform. On January 18th, 2014, a performance of Pictures at an Exhibition will be presented by many YRMTA members and local musicians at the Yukon Arts Centre in Whitehorse, Yukon.
In the past, YRMTA has scheduled and performed Peter and the Wolf and Carnival of the Animals for the entertainment of the public. These performances also included members of our association and Whitehorse music teachers, musicians, and dancers.