South Carolina Music Teachers Association

is dedicated to furthering the art of music and to promoting the growth and professional development of its members through programs that encourage and support teaching, performance, composition, and research. Organized in 1960, our non-profit organization is affiliated with Music Teachers National Association. Please browse these pages to learn about our activities and opportunities for members and their students.

Fifty-sixth Annual Conference

November 3-5, 2016
Converse College, Spartanburg

Marvin Blickenstaff
Master Pedagogue


Fred Karpoff
Artist & Teacher of Technique


Conference Details

Call for Proposals from Independent Music Teachers

The 2016 SCMTA Conference will include an Independent Music Teacher Forum, which will feature a presentation given by an SCMTA member. We are looking for proposals, unique perspectives and interesting ideas that you have implemented in your studio to make you a better teacher. It could be ways to keep students interested, practicing and engaged. It could be creative ideas you use for teaching in groups, ways to memorize, coping with teens, make-up lessons, competition with other activities… or just how you “step out of the box.” Submissions are due by September 1, 2016. A panel will select the topic for the session and you will be notified by October 1, 2016.

Submission Form

SCMTA Benevolence Fund

The historic flooding of October 2015 left many South Carolinians with devastating damage and loss.

The South Carolina Music Teachers Association has established the SCMTA Benevolence Fund to specifically assist music teachers in South Carolina whose professional lives have been severely disrupted by natural disaster. The Fund was started with a generous donation from the members of the Alabama Music Teachers Association who wanted to help members of SCMTA affected by the flooding.

Disbursements are intended to assist with repair or replacement of damaged instruments, and to replace destroyed teaching materials or literature. It is not intended to replace lost income from teaching. Documentation of the loss or damage is required and should be attached to the application for assistance, along with an estimated cost of repair or replacement.

To apply for assistance, complete the SCMTA Benevolence Fund Application form, and attach a separate page listing the loss or damage. Submit both pages, either by postal or electronic mail to:

South Carolina Music Teachers Association
Attention: Deborah A. Ruth
242 Greenview Court
Lexington, SC 29072
803-808-3732 / 803-917-3688

Deadline for submission of applications is June 1, 2016.

The Executive Board of SCMTA will review applications and make decisions about disbursements from the Benevolence Fund based on monies available and number of applications received. All communications will remain confidential. Funds will be dispersed by June 30, 2016. Any funds remaining will be contributed to the MTNA Foundation Benevolence Fund.