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Membership organisations - how can they benefit you?

Written by Anna Gower16/08/23

Music teaching can be a lonely job sometimes. You may be in a small department or teach in a number of different schools across the week as a visiting instrumental teacher. 

So why not take a look at some of the memberships available to music educators and see if joining a larger community of people doing what you do might be something to invest in for the year ahead?

Things you might expect from a membership organisation range from organisation to organisation but look out for:

  • Free or subsidised subject specific CPD and training
  • Advice and representation
  • Resources
  • Information via newsletters/bulletins
  • Jobs opportunities
  • Opportunity to connect and network with other professionals/be added to a membership directory 
  • Networks and community
  • Legal support and advice
Music Mark

Music Mark

 Who is it for?

  • Music services
  • The lead organisations of music education hubs
  • Music education organisations
  • Schools
  • Individuals working or studying in music education
    What you can expect
    • Training and resources
    • Access to a wider Music Education network across the UK
    • Influence on members’ behalf 

    Music Teachers Association

    Who is it for?

    All those who work within a school music department as well as PGCE, NQT and Graduate Music Assistants can join the MTA for free.

    • Classroom teachers including PGCE and ECT
    • Vocal and instrumental tutors
    • Heads of department/Directors of Music
    • Music department and administrative staff
      What you can expect
      • Yearbooks
      • Conferences
      • Facebook group
      • E bulletins
      • Podcasts
      • Webinars
      • Directory of members
      Musicians Union

      The Musicians Union

      Who is it for?
      • Full-time professional musicians
      • Occasional gig player
      • Part-time music teachers
      • Anything in between
        What you can expect
        • Insurance
        • Legal support
        • Career advice, networking and events
        • Healthcare and wellbeing services
        Independent Society of Musicians

        Independent Society of Musicians

        Who is it for?
        • Performers (instrumentalists, vocalists, DJs, etc.)
        • Composers
        • Songwriters
        • Independent artists
        • Educators
        • Music managers
        • Record label representatives
        • Audio engineers
        • Orchestral administrators
        • Choral directors
          What you can expect
          • Legal support
          • Insurance
          • Professional Development
          • Expert advice
          • Wellbeing Services
          • Professional Community
          • Standing up for musicians’ rights
          • Tax and business support
          • Enhanced status
          • Promotion
          • Exclusive member discounts

          Music Teachers in International Schools (MTIIS)

          MTIIS is free to join and connects music teachers who are working overseas.

          Who is it for?
          • Anyone interested in or already working in an international school (although anyone can sign up, there are no membership restrictions)
          What you can expect
          • CPD
          • Podcasts
          • Newsletters
          • Community networks