SMTA Sponsored Events

Click on the headings below to find out more about SMTA’s many events and programs.

The Simon-Fiset Scholarship Competitions encourage young musicians (ages 5-18, who have not graduated from high school) to continue the serious study of music and to acknowledge and award exceptional ability, application and accomplishments in the areas of composition, piano, string instruments, and wind instruments.

A generous donation from the Dorothy Woodcock estate supports National Certification Stipends, MusicLink Stipends, and teacher education grants in addition to providing funds to support many SMTA programs and administrative expenses.

SMTA hosts this afternoon music festival for all ages in celebration of live performance as a dynamic exchange between artist and audience, with no adjudication or competitive element. Students of all levels present commentary and performances.

SMTA offers several different recital programs to provide performance experiences for well-prepared students of member teachers, including adult student soirees, three different student recitals, and the annual October Festival.

This annual spring event is open to all ages, instruments, and skill levels. Performance programs feature a wide variety of solos, ensembles, and multi-instrumental groups. Performers share interesting information about their pieces, and perform music of the sonatina form, from Baroque era pieces to new compositions.

These events offer performance opportunities for SMTA teachers of all instruments, as soloists or in ensembles. They are held in a variety of Seattle area locations. These showcases highlight the wide range of musical genres and talents in our SMTA community of professionals.

Washington State Level Sponsored Events

This program provides private master classes for member studios. Students of all ages and levels perform in a noncompetitive environment. They work one-on-one with highly respected visiting artists and receive written comments and a certificate.

This noncompetitive program consists of 10 progressive levels of independent music study in five skill areas: Written Theory, Technique/Applied Theory, Rhythm, Listening and Sight-Playing. The curriculum is coupled with an annual assessment which provides valuable feedback for teachers, students and parents through a written evaluation and individual scores in each area. The program is open to students of all ages including adults.

As part of SMTA, you are also invited to partake in additional state programs such as District Conferences and State Conferences, through Washington State Music Teachers Association. For more information, please visit

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