The Stevens Point Area Music Teachers Association (SPAMTA) adopted a constitution on October 19, 1983. The constitution stated SPAMTA's purpose:
"to promote professional fraternity among music teachers, to stimulate professional growth among music teachers, to encourage high standards in music instruction."
The first President of SPAMTA was Martha Thomas. In January 2000, SPAMTA revised their constitution to receive official recognition as a non-profit charitable organization.
SPAMTA serves independent and collegiate teachers in Portage and Wood County. Meetings are conducted during the school year, on the second Wednesday of each month. We are an organization of independent music teachers who have banded together to help and learn from each other as we also grow in our professional careers of teaching music to people of all ages. By working and sharing together, we have grown in numbers, in experience and in our capacity to offer our students quality music instruction.
SPAMTA is affiliated with
Wisconsin Music Teachers Association (WMTA)
Music Teachers National Association (MTNA)
These organizations serve our needs by providing a periodical, The American Music Teacher, which covers enlightening and helpful information; a quarterly newsletter which informs members of pertinent issues at the state level; sponsoring annual district and State Auditions (for all instruments and voice), and making available to members materials and information on everything from certification to networking.
SPAMTA also works closely with Mitchell Piano Works, located in Stevens Point, Wisconsin and we especially thank them for graciously allowing us use of their facilities for our meetings.
MEMBERSHIP IN SPAMTA
Local Association Dues: $10.00
*Qualifies you to participate in professional development activities in your area: master classes, lectures, concerts, workshops.
*Gives your students the opportunity to participate in competitions, auditions, master classes and other performances.
*Scholarships awarded annually to students attending college or summer camps, and continuing education and teacher enrichment.
*Puts you in touch with colleagues with whom you can exchange ideas and share concerns.
*Provides ample professional networking possibilities.
*Attend state, divisional and national conferences.
*Publications~the American Music Teacher Journal and the quarterly WMTA newsletter.
*National membership makes you eligible to apply for the association-sponsored MTNA comprehensive group insurance and disability programs.
*Entitles you to all the benefits, programs and services provided by your membership in WMTA and MTNA.
In these tough economic times, it is more important than ever to stay connected—both to your colleagues and to MTNA—through networking. Networking is the building of a supportive system of information sharing and services among those with a common interest. It is vital to professional success and growth and is an investment in your career.
Networking helps you to build relationships and keep your studio growing. MTNA facilitates this by providing programming at the local, state and national levels.
Membership in MTNA and your local association will bring you closer to sharing the common struggles most teachers are feeling. The synergy of working together to promote the broad-based benefits of music study and the importance of continuing lessons helps the entire profession. Sharing ideas, issues and solutions help you and your colleagues. In fact, in times like these, expanding your contacts, colleagues and networks is more important than ever.
Through our affiliation with these two prominent organizations, we are "working together for a musical tomorrow".