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.

Student Events

Date Event Location
Saturday, October 15, 2016, 1:00pm "Masquerade, Paper Faces On Parade" Apollo Theater
Saturday, October 15, 2016, 3:00pm "Welcome to the Movies" Apollo Theater
Saturday, December 3, 2016 "Deck the Halls" Bass Pro Shop, East Peoria
Saturday, February 18, 2017, 4:00pm "Let's Get Together" Piano Network
Saturday, April 22, 2017 2:00pm "Pomp and Circumstance" First Christian Church


Date Event Location
October 15, 2016 ISMTA West District Auditions Illinois Central College
November 5-6, 2016 ISMTA State Finals Illinois Wesleyan University
TBA Camp Scholarship First Christian Church


ISMTA Competition ISMTA sponsors competition for junior high and senior high students which culminate at the state level, and a state-level collegiate piano competition.  There are cash awards for first place winners.  Categories are: Elementary, High School Piano Duet, Junior, Senior, Collegiate, and Composition.

PAMTA’s Sonata/Sonatina competition is held biennially, in odd numbered years.   This event seeks to promote an understanding of sonata allegro form, primarily developed in the Classical period (1750-1825).

Contestants perform a sonatina or sonata selected from a designated repertoire list.

First, second, and third place winners are selected from the field of entrants in each level and receive trophies, medallions and ribbons.

First place winners play in an honors recital which concludes the day’s events.

University Piano Camp Scholarship One student each from junior high and senior high levels are selected by a competition, held in February,  to receive a  piano camp scholarship.  Only students of PAMTA teachers are eligible to compete, and must complete level 5 AIM theory for junior high and level 7  for senior high before being accepted for the competition.