ORMTA Membership Requirements
Other than an Auxiliary (non-teaching) member, all ORMTA members fall under one of the following categories:
- Active: member who has attained a degree/diploma (like a Bachelor of Music or Associateship from a Conservatory) in their chosen subject(s) and teaching experience.
- Provisional: member who has attained a degree/diploma in their chosen subject(s), but is still working towards more teaching experience (2-year probationary period).
- Affiliate 1: member who has attained their Grade 10 (including pedagogy training) or an Associate Performers level from a recognized Conservatory, and continues studies in order to complete their Diploma.
- Affiliate 2: member who has attained their Grade 9 from a recognized Conservatory, and continues studies in order to complete their Diploma.
As part of the application process, you must pay a $50 non-refundable application fee, complete a form, and provide supporting documentation to verify your credentials. Before beginning the application process, please review the following chart for expectations of credentials for specific subjects...
Speech & Drama
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- Bachelor of Music degree, or
- Bachelor of Music Education degree, or
- Master’s Degree in Music, or
- Doctorate of Musical Arts (DMA), or
- Ph.D. in Music (or related faculty with a concentration in Music), or
- Associate or Licentiate diploma from a Music Conservatory recognized by ORMTA, or
- Performer's Diploma AND pedagogy courses
With the exception of those with a Master's or Doctorate, a prospective member's application must include one or more of the following:
- minimum honours results from six different students, representing at least three different grade levels of examinations
- students' results in recognized competitions and/or music festivals
- students' acceptance into advanced programs of study
- proof of students receiving prestigious scholarships or awards.
- student's participation in concerts and master classes
- letter of recommendation from School Principal/Director
- Press coverage highlighting students' achievements
same as above
Those wishing to be registered in a specific theoretical subject must supply six student results in that subject (i.e. six honours history results, etc.).
Those wishing the complete theory designation will follow the present format of providing six student honours results in three separate theoretical subjects.
- Degree or Associate Diploma in composition, or
- Degree or Associate Diploma in another musical discipline with a 4th year University composition course, or
- proven status as a professional composer through published or recorded works.
Students’ results in...
- CFMTA/ORMTA Music Writing Competition
- music festivals,
- or Contemporary Showcase Own Composition classes.
|Early Childhood Music
In addition to the requirements listed above, applicants in Early Childhood Music must have achieved the highest Diploma/Certificate in their field of music education from an internationally recognized institution (Music for Young Children, Kindermusik, Orff, etc.) AND hold current membership as required in the professional association of the discipline.
|Applicants for Early Childhood Music must submit a letter of reference from the ORMTA branch where they currently teach, AND a letter of reference from a distinguished member in their field of music education AND a letter from at least two parents of graduates of their classes.
||A Degree/Diploma from a post-secondary institution in jazz and/or popular styles.
- Examination results from Conservatory Canada.
- Community festivals featuring style-specific classes.
- Printed programs or other documentation from concerts and master classes from institutions where jazz/pop teachers already teach.
- Newspaper articles that have been written about jazz/pop students and their teachers
||same as above
The applicant must submit a letter of recommendation from their current school principal. This letter should include comments on the applicant’ s musical activities in and/or out of the school setting.
| Special Needs||In addition to the requirements listed above, Special Needs applicants must have achieved a Music Therapy degree from an accredited University, OR Nursing degree with appropriate specialization, OR Special Education and/or Psychology degree or certificate, OR related workshops.||The applicant must submit letters of reference from at least 3 parents of students with special needs, OR one letter of reference from their local ORMTA branch. |
*Rudiments is defined as Royal Conservatory of Music - Basic, Intermediate & Advanced Levels;
Conservatory Canada - Theory 1 - 4; Canadian National Conservatory of Music: Grade 5-8 Theory
**Theory is defined as Royal Conservatory of Music - Harmony, History, Analysis, Counterpoint & Pedagogy;
Conservatory Canada - Theory 5 - 7 & Pedagogy; Canadian National Conservatory of Music - Harmony & History Grade 9-Associate, Associate Analysis, & Pedagogy
Frequently Asked Questions:
'I have submitted my application form, fee, and proof of credentials, what's next?'
ORMTA's Provincial Secretary-Registrar processes your application. If your credentials are pretty well in line with the criteria mapped out above, it will take approximately 2-4 weeks to establish your ORMTA membership. If the application contains credentials that are unique and beyond the scope of ORMTA's above guidelines, the Secretary-Registrar will then hand off the application to the Board of Examiners - a panel of 3 Active ORMTA members who will provide a recommendation to the Secretary-Registrar and Provincial Council.
'I have submitted my application, but I need more time to compile my documentation...how much time do I have?'
You have 6 months from the time you have submitted your application. If the application form, documentation supporting your credentials and fee are not received by then, your application will be deleted from ORMTA's database and no refund of the application fee will be granted.
'I am a music teacher who wishes to become an ORMTA member, but I don't fit within any of these criteria...are there other options?'
Yes, there are 3 alternative ORMTA membership application designations:
1. Distinguished Artist in the Field of Performance: The applicant must, in the opinion of the Board of Examiners, have an established reputation as a concert artist.
2. Distinguished Artist in the Field of Teaching: The applicant must be a University Professor or lecturer or someone with equivalent level of teaching in music.
3. Experienced Teacher: The applicant must meet 2 of the 3 following criteria:
- Documented successful music teaching experience of at least ten years, which is satisfactory to the Board of Examiners.
- The support of at least 25 members or 75% of the membership (whichever is lower) of the local Branch to which the applicant would be joining.
- The successful completion of pedagogy courses that would be equivalent to the Pedagogy Written Examinations for the Associateship of one of the recognized conservatories.
'I am an applicant with a Bachelor of Music Education degree. During my studies, I had the opportunity to takes classes on how to teach a variety of instruments. Can I include all these instruments in my ORMTA application?'
No, members of ORMTA may only register their principal instrument(s) (the instrument on which you received advanced private instruction throughout your degree program). To recognize your ability to teach other instruments in a school setting, please apply under the "School Music" subject.
'How much is ORMTA's annual membership fee?'
Fees will vary depending on your membership level, the number of local branches you are a member of, the amount of your local branch's levy (if applicable), plus optional charges like subscribing to a mailed copy of NOTES Magazine. In general though, members usually pay approximately $150-$200 per year.
'I attained my educational credentials outside of Canada, will they be accepted?'
Educational credentials obtained outside of Canada must first be assessed by the Comparative Education Service - University of Toronto.
You must obtain a customized letter of assessment from the CES giving an accurate comparison of your international educational credential to its Canadian equivalent. This letter must be included with your supporting documentation.
'What if there's no ORMTA Branch close to where I live and teach?'
If you live and teach more than 80km away from an ORMTA Branch, you can be a "non-branch" member. You and your teaching colleagues can also form your own ORMTA Branch - click here for more info
'I was an ORMTA member in the past and would like to re-establish my membership?'
Before beginning the regular application process, please contact the Provincial Secretary-Registrar (contact info below).
Other questions regarding applying to become an ORMTA Member?
Contact ORMTA's Provincial Secretary-Registrar: