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What are the benefits of studying music with an ORMTA member?

  • ORMTA members must have a proven track record in teaching (education, experience, etc.)
  • ORMTA members provide students with opportunities to perform at music festivals, examinations, recitals, master classes, and competitions at local, provincial, and national levels.
  • ORMTA members provide students with opportunities to attain awards and scholarships.
  • ORMTA members prepare students for examinations that can lead to earning high school music credits.
  • ORMTA members provide advanced students with the skills and knowledge needed to pursue a career in music.
  • ORMTA provides group liability insurance for teaching studio.

A good foundation is essential to the study of any art or science. It is very important that a music student have the best possible teacher. Whether you want to learn as a career choice or simply for your own personal enjoyment, look no further than the experienced and qualified instructors that make up the membership of the ORMTA.


The Ontario Registered Music Teachers' Association (ORMTA) is a not-for-profit provincial organization managed by a volunteer council and comprised of more than 1300 Registered Music Teachers and related members across Ontario.

The aim of the ORMTA is to encourage and provide the highest calibre of music education possible and to promote exceptional standards of music in each community.

To become a Registered Music Teacher (R.M.T.), one must hold a degree or diploma from a recognized university or conservatory, along with established credentials in teaching music, thus ensuring an exemplary level of commitment to professionalism.

Members of the ORMTA have the right to be designated "R.M.T." (Registered Music Teacher) by a Parliamentary Act of 1946 (chapter 131).

ORMTA members also benefit from membership within the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers' Associations (CFMTA). The CFMTA is a Canada-wide federation of music teachers encompassing ten provinces and one territory, with over 3500 members nationwide.

The ORMTA was founded in 1885, re-established in 1936, incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in 1946, and received charitable status in 2009. ORMTA members are divided among 9 regional zones which are further divided into 33 local branches.

The ORMTA organizes and presents a wide range of programs on behalf of its members and their students, both on a local and provincial level. This includes performance competitions, an annual music writing competition, Canada Music Week celebrations, awards to recognize outstanding teaching, conventions, recitals, professional development, and more!


The CFMTA was founded on August 24, 1935 in Vancouver by a group of professional musicians who were also recognized as eminent teachers. They represented the Provincial Associations of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The impetus for the formation of this organization resulted from correspondence between Minnie Boyd of Winnipeg and Roy Robertson of Vancouver, as well as through consultation with the Presidents of the four founding Provincial Organizations. The officers elected to this new federation were: President - Roy Robertson (Vancouver); Vice-President - Mrs. O. J. Walker (Edmonton); Secretary-Treasurer - Minnie Boyd (Winnipeg). On August 26, 1935 a framework for the By-Laws and a Constitutional outline were drawn up.

Other Provincial Organizations gradually became affiliated with the CFMTA: Ontario in 1942, Nova Scotia in 1944, Quebec in 1945, New Brunswick in 1955, Newfoundland in 1987 and Prince Edward Island in 1995. The Yukon territory joined in 2011.