AMTA Bylaws


The name of this association shall be the Amarillo Music Teachers Association. Amarillo Music Teachers Association, a 501(c)(3) organization, is affiliated with Texas Music Teachers Association and Music Teachers National Association.



The purpose of this association shall be to promote and participate in the education, growth, and development of music; to practice and promote high ethical standards in professional and business dealings; and to be of service to teachers entering the professional field of music.

SECTION 1: Said organization is organized exclusively for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes; including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or corresponding section of any future tax code.

SECTION 2: No part of the net earnings of the organization shall inure to the benefit or be distributable to its members, trustees, officers, or other private persons, except that the organization shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes set forth in the purpose clause thereof. No substantial part of the activities of the organization shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation; and the organization shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office. Notwithstanding any other provision of this document, the organization shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by an organization exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or (b) by an organization contributions to which are deductible under Section 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code.

SECTION 3: In the event of the dissolution of this organization, any funds remaining in the treasury after the payment of any outstanding debts shall be contributed to Music Teachers National Association or another 501(c)(3) organization.



SECTION 1: Types and qualifications

A. ACTIVE MEMBERSHIP may be granted to any active teacher of piano, organ, voice, guitar, or a standard instrument of the symphony orchestra provided that he meets the following requirements:

1. Educational background: The applicant must have studied his major teaching instrument or voice with competent instructors a minimum of ten years OR have earned a degree with a major or minor in music or music education from a college accredited by the American Association of Universities, the recognized regional body, the National Association of Schools of Music, the Department of Education of the State of Texas, or foreign equivalent.

2. The applicant is referred to the Code of Ethics of the Amarillo Music Teachers Association in order to implement a studio policy in accordance with MTNA guidelines.

B. PROVISIONAL MEMBERSHIP may be granted for two years to any active teacher of piano, organ, voice, guitar, or a standard orchestral instrument who does not meet in full the requirements for active membership in educational background or experience.

1. The provisional member must meet the same requirements of active membership in payment of fees.
2. During the two years of Provisional Membership, the applicant will be provided with Mentors from the existing Active Members.
3. At the end of two years, the provisional member’s application shall be reviewed by the Membership Committee for Active Membership.

C. ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP is provided for any person not actively teaching music but interested in the purposes for which the association is organized.

D. HONORARY MEMBERSHIP may be bestowed annually on any person currently residing in the community who has made special or outstanding contributions to music education. Honorary members do not vote or hold office, and are not responsible for the payment of any fees.

E. COLLEGIATE MEMBERSHIP is open to college students currently involved in music. Collegiate members do not vote or hold office within Amarillo Music Teachers Association or apply for certification, but may hold office within their Collegiate organization.

SECTION 2: Dues and Fees

A. Active and Provisional members’ annual dues shall include national, state, and local dues as set forth by MTNA, TMTA, and AMTA, respectively.

B. First-time MTNA members elected to membership between January 1 and April 1 will pay pro-rated dues: one half of national, state, and local annual dues.

C. Associate members’ annual dues shall be state and national dues plus reduced local AMTA dues.

D. Members in good standing who transfer from other Texas Music Teachers Associations will pay only local dues.

E. MTNA members in good standing who transfer from any Association outside of Texas will pay state and local dues.

F. Collegiate member annual dues shall include national, state, and local dues as set forth by MTNA, TMTA, and AMTA, respectively.


SECTION 3: Duration of membership 

A. Active membership shall begin at the next meeting following election upon the prospective member’s payment of initial fees and current dues. Active membership shall endure for life with these exceptions:

1. A resignation in writing may be accepted from a member in good standing.
2. Membership is automatically forfeited upon failure to pay dues.

B. Reinstatement

1. A former member may be reinstated upon reapplication and payment of current MTNA, TMTA, and AMTA dues.

C. Transfers

1. Members in good standing of MTNA and Music Teachers Associations in other states can become members of Amarillo Music Teachers Association by making application, meeting membership requirements and paying Texas State and local dues.

2. Members in good standing from other Texas Music Teachers Associations will be accepted by application, meeting membership requirements and payment of local dues.



SECTION 1: The offices of this Association shall be: President, 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President, Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, Treasurer, Historian, Parliamentarian, Public Relations (local and state), Student Affiliate Chairman and Immediate Past President.

SECTION 2: Duties

A. PRESIDENT shall preside at all meetings of the Association and the Executive Board; call special meetings; represent the Association on request; appoint all committees standing and special, and serve as ex- officio member of all committees with the exception of the Nominating Committee. It is the responsibility of the President to see that the wishes of the majority are carried out and that the minority has a voice.

B. FIRST VICE PRESIDENT shall assist the President when necessary and shall, in the absence of the President, perform all the duties of that office. He shall be chairman of the Program and Yearbook Committee.

C. SECOND VICE PRESIDENT shall be chairman of the Hospitality Committee.

D. RECORDING SECRETARY shall keep an attendance record of each meeting and record the proceedings of the Association and the Executive Board. At the close of each administration, records are to be filed with the Historian.

E. CORRESPONDING SECRETARY shall attend to all correspondence of the Association, including notification to applicants that they have been accepted as new members. He shall serve as chairman of the Membership Committee. Records may be filed with the Historian at the end of each year.

F. TREASURER shall receive, collect, hold and pay out all money of the Association, subject to the order of the President. He shall keep, in detail, a correct account of all money received and expended by him and make
a monthly report thereof. The Treasurer shall notify members
delinquent in payment of dues. He shall serve on the Budget Committee in a capacity other than chairman. Members are requested to notify the Treasurer of address and telephone changes as soon as they occur.

G. HISTORIAN shall have charge of a scrapbook of newspaper clippings and all other Association publicity. He shall have custody of all books, reports, and papers placed on file and shall have these easily accessible for reference.

H. PARLIAMENTARIAN (or pro tempore) shall advise officers and members as to the parliamentary procedure and shall attend ALL meetings of the Association and Executive Board.

I. PUBLIC RELATIONS officer shall serve both AMTA and TMTA. He shall be responsible for the annual newspaper notices of meetings and reports of activities. He shall assist committees appointed for various projects with their publicity needs. He shall be responsible for reports of local projects to the editor of “Texas Music Teacher”, the state publication.

J. STUDENT AFFILIATE CHAIRMAN shall oversee all Student Affiliate activities. He shall be responsible for keeping a copy for the association, and then sending in all Student Affiliate memberships to TMTA in a timely manner. He may host a summer meeting to plan all Student Affiliate deadlines and dates. He may also call other meetings if needed.

K. IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT shall serve as a consultant to the Executive Board.

SECTION 3: Election
The officers of this Association shall be elected annually by ballot at the regular April meeting from (1) a slate presented by the Nominating Committee and (2) nominations made from the floor. They shall be elected for a one-year term but may be reelected to serve for consecutive terms. The President must have served as an officer the year previous to election to this office.

SECTION 4: Vacancies
Vacancies in any of the offices except President shall be filled by an electoral vote of the Executive Board. A vacancy in the office of President shall be filled by the 1st Vice President until an election is held.


SECTION 5: Installation
All officers shall be installed at the May meeting at which time they assume their duties for the ensuing year, with the exception of the incoming Treasurer who shall receive the books and records at the close of the fiscal year.



SECTION 1: The officers of the Association shall constitute the Executive Board.

SECTION 2: The Executive Board shall have general supervision of the affairs of the Association between its business meetings, make recommendations to the Association and shall perform such other duties as specified in these By-Laws. The Board shall be subject to the orders of the Association and none of its acts shall conflict with action taken by the Association.

SECTION 3: Unless otherwise ordered by the Board, regular meetings of the Executive Board shall be held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from September through May. Special meetings of the Board can be called by the President and shall be called upon the request of three members of the Board.



SECTION 1: Names
The standing committees of this Association shall consist of the following:

Program/Yearbook, Workshop, Hospitality, Membership, Nominating, Certification, Education/Independent Music Teachers Forum, Scholarship, Budget, Greater Southwest Music Festival representative, and Student Affiliate.

SECTION 2: Duties

A. Program/Yearbook Committee – it shall be the duty of this committee to compile and issue the yearbook and be responsible for the programs throughout the year.

B. Workshop Committee

C. The Hospitality Committee shall be responsible for securing meeting places for all regular meetings and shall make arrangements for the May luncheon.

D. The Membership Committee – it shall be the duty of this committee to furnish membership applications to prospective applicants to the Executive Board and to notify new members of their acceptance by the Association.

E. Nominating Committee – it shall be the responsibility of this committee to nominate candidates for the offices to be filled at the annual election in April. The Nominating Committee shall report at the regular meeting in March. It shall also be the duty of this committee to select the Teacher of the Year from names of candidates submitted in writing by March 31 from the membership of AMTA, according to the following criteria:

1. active membership in AMTA

2. service to AMTA
3. excellence in teaching

F. Certification Committee – this committee shall report to the Association any changes or developments in the State and National Certification program.

G. The Education Committee and the Independent Music Teachers Forum shall be responsible for reports at meetings as needed concerning items of interest to on topics of interest to the independent teacher, including information from the State and National Associations.

H. Scholarship Committee – this committee shall serve as liaison between the Association and Amarillo College/WTAMU. The committee shall consist of one representative each from the AC faculty and WTAMU faculty, and two non-faculty members from AMTA. This committee shall adhere to the following guidelines:

1. The Scholarship in Applied Music shall be given to a student who is currently attending Amarillo College and a student currently attending West Texas A&M University. The WTAMU student shall be a piano or voice major.

2. Amarillo College and WTAMU shall notify the Amarillo Music Teachers Association Board by letter at the beginning of each semester as to the recipient chosen. The name of the recipient shall be announced to the Association, at the next regular meeting, by the Association President.

3. Amarillo College shall be paid by semester. The amount will be determined by the Scholarship Committee.
4. WTAMU shall be paid by the year. The amount will be determined by the Scholarship Committee.

I. The Budget committee shall prepare a budget to present to the Association for its approval at the October meeting, and shall audit the Treasurer’s books at the end of the club year.

J. Greater Southwest Music Festival Representative – this representative shall attend meetings of the GSWMF Board and keep the Association informed of action affecting the members.

K. Student Affiliate Committee – this committee shall be in charge of all Student Affiliate activities.



SECTION 1: Regular meetings shall generally be held on the second Tuesday of each month, September through May.

SECTION 2: The Executive Board shall hold a regular monthly meeting preceding the regular meeting of the Association or at the President’s discretion. These meetings shall be open to all members.

SECTION 3: Special meetings of the Association may be called by the President, by any three members or the Executive Board, or by any five members of the Association.


SECTION 1: One-third of the active members shall constitute a quorum at regular meetings of the Association.

SECTION 2: A majority of the Executive Board shall constitute a quorum at any regular meeting to the Board.

SECTION 3: At a special meeting of either the Membership or the Board, a majority shall constitute a quorum.

SECTION 4: Written proxies on a specific item may be submitted to obtain a quorum at any meeting provided each one is in writing and filed with the Secretary.


The fiscal year shall begin July 1 and end June 30 the following year.




SECTION 1: These By-Laws may be amended at any regular meeting by a two- thirds vote of those present provided:

A. The proposed changes have been read at a previous meeting OR

B. Proposed changes have been mailed to the entire membership OR

C. Upon recommendation of the Executive Board

SECTION 2: These By-Laws may be amended at any regular meeting without previous notice by the unanimous vote of all members present.


The rules of Parliamentary procedure comprised in Robert’s Rules of Order, Revised shall govern the proceedings of the Association, subject to the special rules, which have been or may be adopted.


SECTION 1: All members, especially officers, are encouraged to attend not only State, but also Divisional and National conferences.

SECTION 2: Members elected to attend TMTA delegate assembly shall receive an allowance as voted upon by AMTA.

Contributions may be made to the AMTA Memorial Fund, an Amarillo College Foundation Account (check to Amarillo College Foundation) Box 446 Amarillo, TX 79178. Contributions may be made to the AMTA Scholarship Fund at WTAMU Foundation, Box 60766, Canyon, TX 79016-0001 or phone 651-2065

Code of Ethics


We, the members of the Amarillo Music Teachers Assocation, having dedicated ourselves to the advancement of musical knowledge and education, recommend the following principles of ethical practice as standards of professional conduct: 



1. Members shall maintain the highest standard of moral conduct and personal integrity. 

2. Members shall exhibit the highest standard of expertise by maintaining their professional abilities and in their fields of teaching and performing. 

3. Members shall maintain and increase the prestige of the art of teaching and shall promote the teaching of music as a culturally enriching profession. 

4. When asked, members shall assist those seeking guidance in selecting an independent teacher by suggesting the names of two or more teachers in teh community. The final choice shall be made by the parent and student. 

5. Members shall refrain from making exaggeraged claims or misleading statements concerning their teaching qualifications. 



1. The relationship between teacher and student shall be established, maintained, and terminated with appropriate professional manner. 

2. Members are responsible for encouraging, guiding, and developing the musical potential of each student. 

3. Members shall encourage pupils to participate in community music activities. 


1. Members shall maintain a professional attitude and shall act with integrity in regard to colleagues in their profession. 

2. Members shall participate as fully as possible in activities of teh Amarillo and Texas Music Teachers Assocation. 

3. Members shall provide professional assistance to one another when shuch assistance is requested. 


BOX 446

AMTA Scholarship fund

BOX 60766
CANYON, TX 79016