PAMTA is the local affiliate of the Illinois State Music Teachers Association and the Music Teachers National Association. The objective of this group is to Encourage and exchange of ideas in the field; to Enrich the love and understanding of music; and to Elevate the standards of teaching music by recognizing the experience, training, and challenge necessary for professional growth.

Welcome to the Peoria Area Music Teachers Association

PAMTA is open to music educators in the Greater Peoria area.  Our membership includes professional teachers of piano, violin, voice, organ, flute, and clarinet.

Teachers who wish to join the local association also become members of the state, ISMTA, and national, MTNA,  associations.  Members of MTNA are entitled to membership services including a subscription to the award-winning magazine, American Music Teacher, insurance programs, professional publications, and workshops at the state and national level.

Membership from local to national levels offers:

  • Networking
  • Student evaluations through the “Achievement in Music” program
  • The opportunity to share with and learn from the most knowledgeable experts in music education
  • Opportunities for continuing education
  • Career and professional development
  • Leadership skill development
  • Peer recognition
  • State and National conferences

Membership Application

Collegiate Application

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Are you a teacher or parent/student? Find your way on the left side of the page!

Philippa Williams – Member of the Year

Philippa Williams has been an independent music teacher since moving to the Peoria Area in 2001 and has worked as an accompanist and church pianist since 1976.  For several years Philippa serve as a staff accompanist for the Illinois Wesleyan University cello camp.  She began her studies in England with the Royal Conservatory of Music program and then at the age of nine moved to USA and continued her lessons in Michigan.  She studied with Adelaide Banaszynski at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music.  Philippa also plays the violin.  She has been an active member of PAMTA serving as President, committee member of the sonatina festival several times, and also helping with Monster Concerts.  Currently she is on the board of PAMTA serving as Past President. Philippa has entered students in ISMTA AIM exams, Monster Concerts, ISMTA piano competition, camp scholarship competitions and PAMTA recitals.  She volunteers at many of these events and regularly attends the PAMTA meetings.  Philippa says, “I am very thankful for PAMTA and ISMTA which are great places to make musical friends.  They are a wonderful resource of musical knowledge and ideas and have been a great encouragement to me.”  Philippa and her husband Barry enjoy hosting musicians from out of town that play with the Heartland Festival Orchestra which includes their daughter, cellist Charlotte Williams Muir.  When not busy with musical activities Philippa enjoys international travel with her husband and needlework.  She is past president of the Illinois Prairie chapter of the American needlework Guild and has been treasurer of the Peoria Area Stitchers Guild.

Music Teacher WORKSHOP with Pam Asberry

Saturday, September 16, 2017


Piano Network, 4640 Brandywine Dr. Peoria

Sessions include:

Teaching the Transfer Student

The Forgotten Czech: Zdenek Fibich

Taking Care of the Teacher

Light refreshment will be provided!

RSVP by Sept. 8 to or 309-370-5232

Liz Landes Reed – Member of the Year

Liz Reed accepting the Peoria Area Music Teachers Association Member of the Year award at the ISTMA conference on November 6, 2015.