Fonds PR0030 - Alberta Registered Music Teachers' Association fonds

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Alberta Registered Music Teachers' Association fonds

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    • 1932-2014 (Creation)

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    6.44 m of textual records and other material.

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    The Alberta Music Teachers' Association (AMTA) was founded on December 15th, 1932, by Clara King, Florence Teets, and other interested Edmonton music teachers, as a means to promote and support musical instruction by qualified teachers, organize musical events in the province, and to provide entertainment to visiting performers and adjudicators. The organization was incorporated in 1934. In 1935, AMTA would join with similar associations in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and British Columbia, to help found the Federation of Music Teachers' Associations, later the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers' Associations (CFMTA).

    In 1947, the Alberta Registered Music Teacher Act passed in the legislature, giving AMTA the right to register music teachers in the province and they changed the name to the Alberta Registered Music Teachers' Association (ARMTA). ARMTA became a professional registered association in 1982. The head office of ARMTA has been part of the Edmonton branch since 1986 and there are additional branches in Calgary, Fort McMurray, Lethbridge, Lloydminster (a joint branch with the Saskatchewan Registered Music Teachers' Association), Medicine Hat, Red Deer, and an additional branch responsible for the rest of the province. In 1998, ARMTA founded the Alberta Music Education Foundation to provide funding for musical study and performance.

    ARMTA participates in the CFMTA's National Music Writing Competition and also sponsors a music writing competition in Alberta. In addition, along with the Alberta Choral Federation, the Alberta Band Association, the Alberta Music Education Foundation and Alberta Kodaly, ARMTA is also involved in Music Conference Alberta on an annual basis.

    The executive consists of the following officers: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Past President; Board Representatives: ARMTA Provincial Representative and CFMTA Representative; and a number of Conveners.

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    The fonds consists of the by-laws, minutes, membership lists, financial records, correspondence and newsletters of the Edmonton branch of the Alberta Registered Music Teachers' Association (1932-2013); a historical summary of activities in the Calgary branch (1936-1977); records concerning the Provincial Board Meetings and Annual General Meetings (1938-2013) held by the Edmonton branch of the Association; and photographs from various ARMTA events (1975-2014).

    A portion of the records are from the organization of the CFMTA convention “Peak Performance” held in Calgary in 2005. These include a final report, minutes, financials, competition material, applicants, registration documents, pamphlets and inserts, and other convention material.

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    The archivist of the Edmonton Branch, Alberta Registered Music Teachers’ Association has deposited the records at the Provincial Archives of Alberta in numerous accessions. Lynda Nugent deposited the records in PR2007.0440 in 2005, the records in PR2010.0004 in 2008, the records in PR2009.0547 in 2009, the records in PR2010.0651 in 2010, and records in PR2012.0828 in 2012. The records comprising PR2010.0650 were deposited by Lloy Williams in 2009, records in PR2011.0575 by Marlaine Osgood in 2011, and records in PR2014.2139 in 2014 by Naomi Parker, each on behalf the ARMTA Edmonton Branch.


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        The material is in English.

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        Use Conditions: Subject to the Copyright Act.

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        For further information on the Calgary Branch of ARMTA please see the Alberta Registered Music Teachers' Association Calgary Branch fonds at the Glenbow Archives. For further information on the Medicine Hat Branch please see the Medicine Hat Registered Music Teachers Association fonds at the Esplanade Archives. For additional information on the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers' Associations (CFMTA) please see the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers' Association fonds at Library and Archives Canada.


        Further accruals are expected.

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        The information in the Administrative history is sourced from the fonds.

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        Includes 710 photographs. – 144 negatives. -- . -- 33 audio cassettes. -- 2 DVD-Rs [1 Hr.: 55 Mins.: 22 Sec.]. -- 1 3 1/2 Floppy Disk. -- 8 CD-Rs [1 Hr.: 42 Mins.: 12 Sec.].

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