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Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association (PMTA) is a state affiliate of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA). Founded in 1876 by Theodore Presser in Delaware, Ohio, MTNA currently serves 25,000 independent music teachers committed to the pursuit of excellence in music teaching. PMTA and its local chapters seek to promote the professional growth and development of its members and to further the art of music by providing programs that encourage and support teaching, performance, composition and scholarly research.