Certificate of Merit

The MTAC sponsors the music study program Certificate of Merit (CM). The program provides a standard of curriculum that requires students to strive for focused musical excellence in performance, technique, ear training, sight reading/singing, and music theory. Read More

Branch Recitals

Recitals open to all levels of students. Each private teacher may enter students, not to exceed a maximum of 15-min performance time. Additional recital times will be added as needed. Piano students must perform from memory. No photocopies. $5 Entry Fee per student. Read More

Solo Competitions

The MTAC SCV Branch hosts the Sonata/Sonatina Competition for Piano and the Branch Contemporary Music Competition (all instruments). Prizes and recognition will be awarded to the competition winners. For more information, please contact the Competition Chair. Read More

Community Outreach

Through Community Outreach, MTAC teachers and students share their musical resources, gifts, and expertise beyond studio walls. Music is meant to be shared, and MTAC branches are able to make a lasting impact on their communities through a wide variety of local programs. Read More

Recital Entry Form

Signup Now! MTAC Branch Teachers can signup your students for the MTAC SCV Branch Recitals Here!

Branch Board

John Fairbanks PRESIDENT
John Fairbanks PRESIDENT  
Madeline Miller VICE PRESIDEN
Madeline Miller VICE PRESIDEN  
Virginia Feitelson DIRECTOR
Virginia Feitelson DIRECTOR
Mindy Cabral DIRECTOR
Mindy Cabral DIRECTOR  

Member Benefits

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MTAC, incorporated in 1897, is a professional organization dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in music education.

Connections & Relationships

Members work together to support music education, students, and each other while growing long-lasting friendly relationships.

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Recent Posts

  • Fall Branch Recital 2017
    October 2, 2017 / Comments Off on Fall Branch Recital 2017 / Uncategorized

    SIGN UP NOW FOR THE  MTAC SCV FALL BRANCH RECITAL! Saturday, October 28th at 2:00pm – OR – Sunday, October 29th at 2:00pm Location: Little School of Music 28306 Constellation Rd. Valencia, CA 91355 Please encourage students to wear their Halloween Costumes! Recitals are limited to 25 performers. Please contact the Recital Host if you have any

  • Region I Jr. Bach Festival
    May 14, 2017 / Comments Off on Region I Jr. Bach Festival / Uncategorized

    Region I Bach Festival was held at the First Congregational Church in Santa Barbara in May 13, 2017. Due to many ties, we’ve had 42 winners in all. Our very own branch came back with the most number of winners amongst 5 branches in Region I. Here is the list of our branch’s 10 winners

  • 2017 Sonatina/Sonata Festival
    March 26, 2017 / Comments Off on 2017 Sonatina/Sonata Festival / Announcements,Programs & Events

    Winners Number, Student, Teacher # 2 Jeremiah Chun, student of Renee Choi # 3 Keigo Tamaki, student of Agnes Kim # 7 Chloe Kim, student of Agnes Kim #11 Nicole Kwon, student of Jinny Noh #17 Caitlin Tang, student of Agnes Kim #18 Kathleen Adhinatha, student of Jinny Noh #19 Alyssa Cheng, student of  Rosalyn Chen

  • 2017 SCV SCJBF Results
    March 5, 2017 / Comments Off on 2017 SCV SCJBF Results / Uncategorized

    Winners 1.  Joni Go, student of Adam Bendorf 2.  Janan Abudujilili, student of Susan Beaty 10.  Nicole Kwon, student of Jinny Noh 15.  Ashley Kang, student of Adam Bendorf 17.  Keigo Tamaki, student of Agnes Kim 21.  Alyssa Cheng, student of Rosalyn Chen 22. Ashlyn Bendorf, student of Adam Bendorf 23.  Angela Qian, student of

  • 2016 Contemporary Competition Winners!
    December 2, 2016 / Comments Off on 2016 Contemporary Competition Winners! / Announcements,Programs & Events

    Congratulations to the 2016 Contemporary Competition Winners! 27  Janan Abudujilili   Susan Beaty 24  Kathleen Adhinatha   Jinny Noh 25  Lawrence Adhinatha   Hyunsook Chung 73  Josh Anderson   Jeanne Jordan 33  Rose Atwell   Agnes Kim 52  Catherine Chen   Lisa Kim 35  Alexis Cho   Renee Choi 46  Jeremiah Chun   Renee Choi

  • 2016 Regional Bach Festival
    May 26, 2016 / Comments Off on 2016 Regional Bach Festival / Announcements,Programs & Events

    The 2016 Regional Bach Festival was held in Ventura on May 21, 2016. Of 91 participants from 5 branches, 42 winners were chosen. Our own branch was awarded with 8 winners. Congratulations to all! Winners Kathleen Adhinatha                    Jinny Noh Jadia Zhang                                 Manyoung Hwang Jackie Roche                               Agnes Kim Caitlin Tang                                  Agnes Kim Kenton Goo                                 Jean De

  • 2016 SCV Branch Southern California Junior Bach Festival
    March 6, 2016 / Comments Off on 2016 SCV Branch Southern California Junior Bach Festival / Announcements,Programs & Events

    Winners Student No./Name                  Teacher Name 4. Jadia Zhang                         Manyoung Hwang 7. Ashlyn Bendorf                    Adam Bendorf 8. Kathleen Adhinatha           Jinny Noh 15. Catherine Ausherman      Anna Bendorf 21. Keigo Tamaki                     John Fairbanks 23. Hye Lynn Suh                    Hyun Joo Kang 24.

  • Southern California Jr Bach Festival
    January 15, 2016 / Comments Off on Southern California Jr Bach Festival / Programs & Events

    Date : March 5, 2016 Place : Little School of Music Fee : $35/participant (Payable to SCV MTAC) Online Registration/Fee Deadline: February 5, 2016 (received by, not postmarked by) Send check to:   Agnes Kim 26932 Pebble Ridge Place Valencia, CA 91381 **When sending the check** Use teacher’s check to cover all the participants. Include the

  • Winter Branch Recital
    March 16, 2015 / Comments Off on Winter Branch Recital / Programs & Events

    Saturday, February 28, 2015, Santa Clarita Valley Branch of MTAC held two very successful Winter Recitals. There were 51 students who performed from the studios of Jiyeon Atwell, Mindy Cabral, Rosalyn Chen, Virginia Feitelson, Wendy Hersh, Hyun Joo Kang, Kisa Kim, Madeline Miller, Connie Nam, Teresa Wang and Jiyoung Wheeler.    

  • 2015 SCV Branch SCJBF Results
    March 15, 2015 / Comments Off on 2015 SCV Branch SCJBF Results / Announcements,Programs & Events

    WINNERS Student No./Name                      Teacher Name Kathy Adhinatha               Jinny Noh Ashlyn Bendorf                  Anna Bendorf Alysa Branda                      Adam Bendorf Corey Dbbs                         Adam Bendorf Catherine Chen                  Lisa Kim Hye Lynn Suh                    Hyun Joo Kang Moonjung Kim                   Adam Bendorf Chaewon Kim                     Adam Bendorf Keigo Tamaki                     John Fairbanks Abigail Yang                       Adam Bendorf Alexis Cho                           Renee Choi   ALTERNATES Student No./Name                     

  • Southern California Jr. Bach Festival
    February 1, 2015 / Comments Off on Southern California Jr. Bach Festival / Announcements,Programs & Events

    2015 Southern California Junior Bach Festival (SCV Branch) When : March 14, 2015 Where : Little School of Music Time : TBA (AM – until no later than 2 PM) Online application : will be open from Jan. 12, 2015 Fee : $35/ participant (payable to SCVMTAC) Deadline (Both the online application/fee ): Feb, 14,

  • MSSL – Winter Concert
    January 14, 2015 / Comments Off on MSSL – Winter Concert / Programs & Events

    Here is a picture from MSSL students’ December 14th, 2014 concert they organized themselves and performed at at SummerHill Villa Senior Living.  

  • 2014 Fall Branch Recital
    January 14, 2015 / Comments Off on 2014 Fall Branch Recital / Programs & Events

    The MTAC SCV Branch Fall Recital was held at the Little School of Music in November 2014 and the host was Madeline Miller. Students of the MTAC SCV Branch, performed in this recital on piano and violin.  Thank you teachers and students for an excellent job. Bravo!

  • Community Outreach – Literacy & Arts Festival
    January 14, 2015 / Comments Off on Community Outreach – Literacy & Arts Festival / Programs & Events

    Music Student Service League students helped out at the Santa Clarita Valley Literacy and Arts Festival Saturday November 15th, 2014 from 10 am to 3pm. Here is a picture of them manning the Instrument Petting Zoo table outside the Old Town Newhall Library. Two of the students also performed solo violin performances there as well.

  • Community Outreach – Halloween Recital
    January 14, 2015 / Comments Off on Community Outreach – Halloween Recital / Programs & Events

    Saturday October 25th over 30 students performed at SummerHill Villa Seniors home on guitar, piano and flute. We handed out candy after to the seniors and the kids trick-or-treated. A grand event of Halloween music and a great evening.

  • MSSL October Meeting
    October 18, 2014 / Comments Off on MSSL October Meeting / Meetings

    Thank you to all the students who attended the MSSL Meeting. Thank you to Manak Khamvongsa, SCV MTAC Branch MSSL Advisor, and to Susan Carpenter SCV MTAC Branch Community Outreach Chair, for presenting and helping at the meeting. MSSL is planning to help at upcoming Branch Community Outreach events, and are planning to host events

  • Community Outreach Event
    September 14, 2014 / Comments Off on Community Outreach Event / Programs & Events

    Thank you to the MTAC SCV Branch students who came out to perform at the Pacifica Senior Center this Saturday, September 13, 2014. Thank you to Susan Carpenter for organizing the event and to Manak Khamvongsa for his support and attending the event.  

  • Mall Performance
    June 5, 2014 / Comments Off on Mall Performance / Programs & Events

    Community Outreach Saturday May 17, 2014 ten MTAC students performed in a piano recital at Westfield Valencia Town Center Mall in Santa Clarita at our usual spot on the outside patios near Coffee Bean and Macy’s. There was a variety of pieces ranging from classical to Martha Mier’s jazzy songs to ‘Let it Go’ from

  • Southern California Jr Bach Festival 2014
    March 29, 2014 / Comments Off on Southern California Jr Bach Festival 2014 / Programs & Events

    Winners Student #               Student Name                     Teacher Name 4                              Andrew Kim                        Hyunjoo Kang 5                              Chaewon Kim                      Adam Bendorf 15                            Erin Kang                             Hyunjoo Kang 18                            Caitlin Tang                         Agnes Kim 19                            Madely Smith                      Adam Bendorf 24                           Alysa Branda                        Adam Bendorf 29                           Spurgeon Rice                      Adam Bendorf 30                           Abigail

  • MSSL – Summerhill Villa Performance
    January 12, 2014 / Comments Off on MSSL – Summerhill Villa Performance / Uncategorized

    Friday evening December 20th, 2013 the SCV Branch Music Student Service League, MSSL, gave a recital at SummerHill Villa Seniors Home in Santa Clarita. Lots of fun and enjoyment was had by all! The success of this concert was largely due to excellent Teacher participation; around ten MTAC SCV Branch teachers enrolled some of their

  • 2014 Southern California Jr. Bach Festival (SCV Branch)
    January 3, 2014 / Comments Off on 2014 Southern California Jr. Bach Festival (SCV Branch) / Programs & Events

    Please read the following information from Agnes Kim: Date : March 29, 2014 Place :  Little School of Music Time  : TBA (tentatively starting at 9am) Fee : $35/student Online registration/Fee Due date:  Feb.22, 2014 (fees – needs to be in by this date!) Website: Please use one single check to cover all your

  • MSSL at Summerhill Villa
    December 4, 2013 / Comments Off on MSSL at Summerhill Villa / Uncategorized

    The first MSSL event at Summerhill Villa went great! Manak was a big help – he introduced me and I introduced the em-cee Luke Kim. Students and teachers performed including myself and Manak who played a lovely song on his guitar. The Seniors really enjoyed it! It was a great wide range of players from

  • Fall Branch Recital Report
    November 15, 2013 / Comments Off on Fall Branch Recital Report / Programs & Events

    From Recital host, Madeline Miller The Fall Branch Recitals went very well! There were 55 students participating in 2 recitals. Twelve teachers participated; Mindy Cabral, Susan Carpenter, Elena Chao, Lauren Companeitz, Bill Foley, Wendy Hershey, Manyoung Hwang, Hyunjoo Kang, Lisa Kim, Madeline Miller, Teresa Wang, and Jiyoung Wheeler. Teachers helped and that was wonderful. It

  • 2013 Theme Festival
    October 29, 2013 / Comments Off on 2013 Theme Festival / Programs & Events

    THANK YOU to JOHN FAIRBANKS for hosting the Theme Festival!! All three recitals were a great success and it was so fun to see all the costumes! Thank you to all the participating teachers, and to MSSL for helping to put goodie bags together, carving pumpkins, and helping to decorate! It was a BIG help!

  • October MSSL Meeting
    October 16, 2013 / Comments Off on October MSSL Meeting / Uncategorized

    The MSSL Meeting on October 5th was a major success! We have 30 MSSL Members as of today! Thank you to all the teachers who helped spread the word and encouraged students to participate. I would also like to thank Susan Carpenter for leading the meeting, elections, and getting the ball rolling with MSSL. Way

  • Improvisation
    October 16, 2013 / Comments Off on Improvisation / Programs & Events

    The Improvisation theme for 2013-2014 is “Holidays.” Log in to the teacher pages on the MTAC website and click on Improvisation>Documents where you will find sample assignments listed by year. “Holidays” is at the top of the list labeled as the 2014 Theme. Click on “Holidays” to open sample assignments for each month of the

  • Fall Branch Memerbship Meeting
    September 9, 2013 / Comments Off on Fall Branch Memerbship Meeting / Meetings

    Thank you to all the members who attended the meeting today! Please check your email for meeting notes and updates. Back row from left to front right: Susan Beaty, Madeline Miller, Virginia Feitelson, Min Yoo, Alishia Lawman, Lauren Shackelford, Ken Mays, John Fairbanks, Wendy Hersh, Jean DeMart, Mindy Cabral, Front row from left to right:

  • Improvisation
    September 7, 2013 / Comments Off on Improvisation / Programs & Events

    Alyse Korn, September 2013 Improvisation Branch Chair Report This year’s Improvisation Theme is Holidays. The Monthly Holiday Theme worksheets are available for download from the website. Teachers must log in with their user name and password to access the pages. If your students would like to participate in the annual Improvisation Celebration evaluations, please

  • Theme Festival 2013
    August 30, 2013 / Comments Off on Theme Festival 2013 / Programs & Events

    John Fairbanks, Recital Host Theme Festival Flyer 2013 PDF Branch Recital Entry Form  

  • 2013 Fall Branch Membership Meeting
    August 29, 2013 / Comments Off on 2013 Fall Branch Membership Meeting / Meetings

    The Fall Branch Membership Meeting is coming up! September 8th from 2:00-4:00pm Little School of Music – 28306 Constellation Rd. Valencia, CA 91355   See you there!

  • Treasurer Report, Check!
    July 23, 2013 / Comments Off on Treasurer Report, Check! / Announcements

    The books are balanced! Financial Report complete. Thank you to John Fairbanks, SCV Branch Treasurer.    

  • Community Outreach Report
    July 23, 2013 / Comments Off on Community Outreach Report / Announcements

    by Manak Khamvongsa, Community Outreach Chair In addition to regular planning meetings held at Little school of Music, these events were performed this year for community outreach. -SummerHill Villa Senior Home Student Concerts (2) concerts:  Saturday March 9th 2013, Saturday Sept 22nd 2012 -Westfield Mall Student Concerts on the third Saturdays of the month for

  • Welcome!
    July 22, 2013 / Comments Off on Welcome! / Announcements

    Thank you for visiting the Santa Clarita Valley Branch website! The Music Teachers’ Association of California, Santa Clarita Valley Branch currently has 57 Members who are professionals dedicated to bringing the joy of music to our students.  The SCV Branch is a very unique group of music teachers who all live and teach in the

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