MUSIC TEACHERS NATIONAL have the right to vote, hold office, or enter students in
MTNA competitions. They shall receive the official
ASSOCIATION BYLAWS Association publications.
Adopted March 2001 f. Institutional Membership shall be open to those institu-
tions that have an interest in furthering the mission of
ARTICLE I. NAME
MTNA. Institutional members shall receive the official
The name of the corporation is MUSIC TEACHERS NATIONAL
Association publications, but shall not have the right to vote,
ASSOCIATION, INC., hereafter referred to as MTNA or the Association.
hold office, or enter students in MTNA competitions.
ARTICLE II. PURPOSE However, the music executive of each Institutional Member
The purpose for which this corporation is organized and operat- who has paid the appropriate state membership dues shall
ed is exclusively literary and educational, as defined in Section have all the rights and privileges of Active Membership.
501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and its regulations as they g. Corporate Membership shall be open to those businesses
now exist or as they may hereafter be amended. The purpose of or corporations who have an interest in furthering the mis-
this corporation shall be the advancement of music education, and sion of MTNA. Corporate members shall receive the official
in specific furtherance thereof: Association publications, but shall not have the right to vote
a. To conduct programs and activities to build a vital musical or hold office.
culture and an enlightened musical public for the benefit and h. Patron Membership shall be open to all individuals who
the general welfare of all persons; wish to support the programs of the Association. Patron
b. To ensure that every student shall have access to a balanced, members shall be entitled to attend programs of the
comprehensive, and high-quality program of music instruction; Association upon payment of the registration fee and to
c. To improve the quality of teaching, research, and scholarship receive the official Association publications, but shall not
in music; have the right to vote, hold office, or enter students in
d. To promote the involvement of persons of all ages in learning MTNA competitions as a Patron Member.
e. To foster the utilization of the most effective techniques and SECTION 2. TERMINATION OF MEMBERSHIP
resources in music instruction; and, A person’s membership may be revoked for cause, other than
f. To facilitate the education of music teachers. nonpayment of dues, by a two-thirds vote by ballot of the Board of
Directors. The vote for revocation shall occur only after the member
ARTICLE III. MEMBERSHIP complained against has been advised of the complaint so lodged
SECTION 1. MEMBERSHIP CLASSIFICATIONS and has been given reasonable opportunity to present information
The following membership classes are open to those who meet on his or her behalf. Such member, if membership is revoked, may
the respective qualifications and pay the annual dues provided for appeal for reconsideration of the decision by the Board. In no event
the respective classification pursuant to Section 5 hereof: will a dues refund be given. Revocation of membership for nonpay-
a. Active Membership shall be open to all individuals residing ment of dues within the prescribed time period shall be automatic
in the U.S. or its territories who are professionally engaged in and not subject to any further procedure.
any field of music activity and who are also members of an SECTION 3. RESIGNATIONS
affiliated association as defined in Article IV hereof. Those A member in good standing may resign from the Association
persons holding Active Membership shall be entitled to par- by submitting a letter of resignation to the Executive Director who
ticipate in all Association activities and programs, to vote, will remove that member from the membership roster. No dues
hold office, and receive the official Association publications. refund will be given.
Active Membership shall also be open to those persons eligi-
ble for Collegiate Membership or Retired Membership upon SECTION 4. REINSTATEMENT
payment of the prescribed Active Membership dues, and A member who resigned in good standing or who allowed
subject to the affiliated association bylaws. annual dues to lapse may reactivate his or her membership by
b. Collegiate Membership shall be open to all college stu- requesting such action and paying the current dues. If continuous
dents currently involved in music study, who are also mem- membership is desired, the member must pay all dues accruing
bers of an affiliated association as defined in Article IV from the time of non-renewal through the current year.
hereof. Collegiate members shall be entitled to the same
privileges as Active members, but shall not have the right to SECTION 5. ANNUAL DUES
vote, hold office, or enter students in MTNA competitions as a. Annual dues for all categories of membership shall be due as
a Collegiate Member. determined by the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors
c. Retired Membership is open to those who have been shall establish the annual dues amount and publish the dues
Active members for at least 20 continuous years, who have information in the next issue of the official publication.
reached the age of 65, and who have essentially retired from b. Dues are delinquent sixty days beyond the renewal date after
teaching. A member must send written notice to the which time members are not in good standing or entitled to
Executive Director for this class of membership to be activat- any of the privileges of membership until dues are paid for
ed. Retired members are entitled to discounted dues and the current membership year.
may vote, but cannot hold