About Us
For the Teacher
For the Student
Professional development with seminars and workshops
Performance opportunities

Informal gatherings for social support and networking
Performance experience in non-competitive concerts and workshops for all ages and stages

Skill development in workshops and master classes

Scholarship and award competitions, with total prize monies of more than $2,500 each year
We offer...
We offer...
Major Annual Events
Performance Day concerts
Annual Concert, with students selected from each region
Competitions for the Roger Woodward Awards, the UMT Awards and the President’s Award
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How are we organised?

We are based in Sydney and currently have four regional groups:
         City and East
         North Shore
         North Western
         South Western

Each group responds to the special needs of its teachers by organizing its own events. Members are welcome to attend events of any region.  On joining the association, teachers nominate which region they and their students will be in.

The central committee of UMT consists of representatives from each group, with possibly other co-opted members. It organizes the prestigious Roger Woodward Scholarship Awards program, as well as the UMT Awards for younger students.

Members are welcome to attend committee meetings and to become involved in planning, organizing and running events. We welcome feedback which will help to improve the organization.

Meet your UMT Committee
Central Committee 2019    President: Margaret Greig,  Vice President: Fotini Stavridis,  Secretary: Sue Calabrese
Treasurer: Yiennur Lisa,    Membership: Leah Hanchard,   Nth Shore Committee Rep: Felicity Martin
Our History
UMT began in 1975 as part of Roger Woodward’s vision for Australian music. He organised Youth Rostrum (as part of Music Rostrum) , a remarkable series of concerts, master classes and lectures by key international musicians. This inspired hundreds of teachers to join together to continue Woodward’s work in creating stimulating educational and performing opportunities for themselves and their students. This group was called Music Teachers for Youth Rostrum(coordinated by Nancy Salas), becoming UMT in 1978.

Since then, UMT has organized hundreds of events. These have included concerts ranging from informal sessions at local venues to performances at the Opera House. Lectures, workshops and master classes have covered topics as diverse as Baroque dance, overuse injury and teaching the AMEB Musicianship syllabus. Scholarships and awards have provided incentives for young performers who audition at the local level to represent their region at the finals.