Become a Member

MTAC-Kern Branch offers music teachers many opportunities to exchange musical and pedagogical ideas, and gives their students a chance to be part of a larger musical community. Meetings are held monthly during the school year, and students can participate in monthly branch recitals, festivals and master classes.

Members may also have their students participate in the MTAC State-sponsored Certificate of Merit® evaluation program.  In order to participate in the Certificate of Merit® evaluations in the spring, teachers must have current MTAC membership status, and have their membership dues paid by July 31st of the previous year.

Membership Types

Active Teacher Membership

At least 2 years teaching experience and a degree in music or the equivalent to a degree in music from an accredited institution.

Provisional Membership

Granted to those persons offering satisfactory evidence of the intention and ability to qualify for Active Membership within a three-year period.

Student Membership

Granted to a student who is working on a music degree at the undergraduate or graduate level.

Cal Plan

The California Plan is a four-year self-study program designed to establish a standard of knowledge for the teaching of music. Teachers who complete the program are awarded the California Plan Certificate during the annual state convention.

How to Become a Member 

Music teachers interested in joining the MTAC-Kern Branch should go to our state website at

**If you do not have a degree in music, you may apply for membership based on "Credit Point Requirements." Points are assigned based on the following criteria:
1) Number of years of private teaching experience, 2) Number of years in private lesson study beyond the 11th grade of high school, 3) Certain college courses that are non-musical in nature, 4) Number of master classes, workshops, and music conventions attended, 5) Performance experience