Constitution and By-Laws
Washington State Music Teachers Association
Preamble: The object of this Association shall be;
1. To establish and uphold a high standard of Professional
2. To promote and maintain a fraternal sprit among members.
3. To stimulate mutual improvement through interchange of ideas.
4. To aid in the furtherance of musical culture.
5. To promote certification of every private music teacher.
ARTICLE I: NAME
The name of this organization shall be: The Olympia Music
Teachersí Association (OMTA).
ARTICLE II: MEMBERSHIP
The membership of this chapter shall consist of persons
teaching music in any branch or form recognized by this Association
and/or persons professionally engaged in the music field and/or persons
who want to support musical endeavors.
ARTICLE III: OFFICERS
The officers of this association shall be president,
president-elect, vice-president, recording secretary, corresponding
secretary, treasurer, and immediate past-president. These officers shall
be elected for a one (1) year term. The Executive Board shall consist of
all the above named officers.
ARTICLE IV: MEETINGS
The chapter shall hold at least six regular meetings per
year. The monthly meeting shall be on the second Tuesday of the month. A
change of a meeting shall require a vote by the members of the Executive
ARTICLE V: AMENDMENT
This Constitution may be amended at any regular meeting of
this chapter by a two-thirds vote of those voting, provided that the
proposed amendment shall have been submitted in writing to the secretary
and shall have been read by the secretary to the assembly.
SECTION 1: MEMBERSHIP
Membership in the chapter
is open to any dues paying member.
Members are encouraged to participate in state projects,
i.e., certification, music link, adjudications, young composers, such
chapter activities as student programs or be active on a chapter
committee; or have state, division or national responsibility
Associate Membership: Shall be open to all persons who are
professionally engaged or interested in musical activity other than the
applied field, and who wish to support the program of the Association.
Such memberships shall provide admission to programs of the Association
upon payment of dues and of the registration fee and all issues of the
CLARION and the AMERICAN MUSIC TEACHER.
SECTION 2: DUES
Annual dues for active membership shall include Music
Teachers National Association (MTNA) dues, state dues, and local dues as
recommended by the Executive Board and approved by a majority vote of the
membership voting. Any changes in dues shall be presented by the
Executive Board at a regular business meeting and then voted at the next
regular business meeting. Annual dues can be paid at any time during the
A member who wished his or her name to appear in the chapter
directory will pay dues by May 31.
SECTION 3: DUTIES OF THE PRESIDENT
It shall be the duty of the president to preside over all
meetings. The president shall be an ex-officio member of all committees.
The president may authorize payment of necessary expenses of guest
musicians and speakers who appear at chapter meetings.
SECTION 4: DUTIES OF THE PRESIDENT-ELECT
The president-elect shall attend adjudication committee
meetings as a representative of the Executive Board of OMTA. The
president-elect shall also serve as Chairman of the Long-Range Planning
SECTION 5: DUTIES OF THE VICE-PRESIDENT
The vice-president shall act as Program Chairman and be charged
with carrying out planned programs during the term of office and making
plans for programs to be presented the following year. In the absence of
the president, the vice-president shall preside.
SECTION 6: DUTIES OF RECORDING SECRETARY
The recording secretary shall keep a record of the
proceedings of this chapter and of the Executive Board; call the meeting
to order in the absence of the president and vice-president; preserve all
documents of the chapter; bring to each meeting a copy of the
Constitution and By-laws, together with a list of all standing and
special committees. The recording secretary will submit a summary of the
policies enacted for that year to the Executive Board at the end of the
SECTION 7: DUTIES OF THE CORRESPONDING SECRETARY
The corresponding secretary shall attend to all official
correspondence. Such correspondence will include a monthly update on the
website as contributed by the Executive Board and other committee
SECTION 8: DUTIES OF THE TREASURER
The treasurer of this chapter is the custodian of the funds.
All money received by the treasurer shall be deposited immediately in the
bank. The treasurer shall keep a record of all money received and paid
out. The treasurer shall prepare a budget each year.
SECTION 9: DUTIES OF PAST-PRESIDENT
The immediate past-president will serve a one-year term on
the Executive Board to provide continuity and expertise to incoming
officers. The past-president will also serve as a member of the
Long-Range Planning Committee.
SECTION 10: COMMITTEES
Committees shall be the
Adjudications Committee, Directory Committee, and the Long-Range Planning
Committee whose members will be appointed by the president in addition to
those named within these By-laws. The Adjudications Committee shall be
comprised of seven (7) members including the President-elect as Executive
Board Representative, and perform all duties necessary to carry out the
chapterís Adjudication Project. The Directory Committee shall have two
(2) members and will be charged with publishing a directory listing of
our membership and the calendar of events. The Long-Range Planning
Committee shall host five (5) members to include the president-elect, and
the past-president and will be charged with developing an overall 3 year
plan. Standing and special committees hall be formed as the needs
of the chapter demand. Members are to be appointed by the president.
SECTION 11: ELECTIONS
The president shall appoint a nominating committee of three
(3) members in October. In December the committee shall present the name
of one candidate for each office. The election of officers shall take
place at the February meeting Ė opportunity being given for nominations
from the floor. A majority vote will elect to office. New officers are
expected to attend at least two (2) Executive Board meetings prior to
their installation at the June meeting to enable a transition period of
duties. Outgoing officers will meet one on one with incoming officers to
transfer the responsibilities of office.
SECTION 12: BUSINESS TRANSACTIONS
This chapter shall use its moneys solely for its own
SECTION 13: MTNA CODE OF ETHICS
Vision and Values
The mission of MTNA is to advance the value of music study
and music making in society and to support the professionalism of music
The mission is accomplished by members who teach with
competence, act with integrity, volunteer
services to MTNA programs, provide professional support for colleagues
and communities, and comply with all laws and regulations that impact the
music teaching profession.
The mission calls for an ethical commitment to students, to
colleagues, and to society.
Code of Ethics
COMMITMENT TO STUDENTS
-The teacher shall conduct the relationship with students
and families in a professional manner.
-The teacher shall respect the personal integrity and privacy of students
unless the law requires disclosure.
-The teacher shall clearly communicate the expectations of the studio.
-The teacher shall encourage, guide and develop the musical potential of
-The teacher shall treat each student with dignity and respect, without
discrimination of any kind.
-The teacher shall respect the studentís right to obtain instruction for
the teacher of his/her choice.
COMMITMENT TO COLLEAGUES
-The teacher shall maintain a professional attitude and
shall act with integrity in regard to colleagues in the profession.
-The teacher shall respect the reputation of colleagues and shall refrain
from making false or malicious statements about colleagues.
-The teacher shall refrain from disclosing sensitive information about
colleagues obtained in the course of professional service unless
disclosure serves a compelling professional purpose or is required by
-The teacher shall respect the integrity of other teachersí studios and
shall not actively recruit students from another studio.
-The teacher shall participate in the studentís change of teachers with
as much communication as possible between parties, while being sensitive
to the privacy rights of the student and families.
COMMITMENT TO SOCIETY
-The teacher shall maintain the highest standard of
professional conduct and personal integrity.
-The teacher shall accurately represent his/her professional
-The teacher shall strive for continued growth in professional
-The teacher is encouraged to be a resource in the community.