Upcoming Events   

2020-2021 Calendar

The OhioMTA Southwest District presents specially designed

programming for both pre-college students and

teaching professionals throughout the year.

Please check back here often for updated information about the programs. 


From the very minute COVID-19 arrived on US soil and Independent Music Teachers heard the news – they mobilized and moved into action. Without their swift and creative moves – literally all music participation would have come to an abrupt halt. It was the ingenuity and proactive approach they took that enabled thousands to continue their music participation, without “missing a beat”!

Creative, inspired “outside the box” thinking need not only occur when there is a panic and/or pandemic – it can happen all of the time – it can happen when one least expects it, but is open to new and uncharted territory.

The SWOMTA 2020-2021 Program Series: “Voices from Outside the Box” will feature guest speakers who are exploring, what some would say to be “outside of the box” thinking. Hearing the personal stories and narratives from these guests we hope will inspire all of us to peek outside the box and begin exploring how broadening perspective is necessary to move into the next years and to think and work globally, as well as locally.

One of the most important first steps in developing some “out of the box” thinking and unpack the incredible landscape of music teaching options is to recognize the potential hidden inside the concepts of “diverse music education” and “collaboration”, de-siloing the independent studio and becoming an “inter-dependent” studio standing and working together, rather than alone.

The music teaching industry is not alone in their quest to bring equitable access to all people and to understand the systemic inequalities that exist in our world – even in the Independent Music Teacher studio. Western European music dominates the pedagogy of our studios and it is worth the exploration of how we got here. To understand this statement and the wide discrepancies and inequities experienced by many, we would encourage you to look at these two short Videos:

Music Theory and White Supremacy

Beethoven Sucks at Music

Article: "The Stubbornness of Classism in Classical Music"


Professional Development Programs for Teaching Professionals

"Voices from Outside the Box"

Program Series: No. 1

Vidita Kanniks

Friday, October 30 at 10AM 

"Voices from Outside the Box"

Program Series: No. 2

Jason Alexander Holmes

Friday, January 8 at 10AM 

"Voices From Outside the Box"

Program Series: No. 3

Dr. Catherine Roma

Friday, March 5 at 10AM 

"Voices from Outside the Box' 

Program Series: No. 4

John Morris Russell

Friday, April 2 at 10AM

"Voices from Outside the Box' 

Program Series: No. 5

Arlene de Silva

Friday, June 4 at 10AM


Pre-College Student Events

Auditions Festival

Auditions Festival 2021 is ONLINE this year. Students will submit videos to be judged.


Deadline EXTENDED!  March 18, 2021

Use our convenient database of repertoire to search pieces below. Click “filter” and type composer or piece to search the database. 

Buckeye Auditions

Spring 2021

Student Showcase

Spring 2021

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