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.
YRMTA members meet regularly to discuss matters of the association, students and concerns of teachers. The association also hosts workshops presented by current members or other professionals on topics such as relaxation techniques, teaching young children, and studio management. The YRMTA hosts a Canada Music Week Concert for students each November, as well as an annual fundraising concert featuring YRMTA members.
In the past, YRMTA has scheduled and performed Peter and the Wolf, Pictures at an Exhibition, 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.