Welcome to Music Teachers’ Association of California – West Los Angeles Branch!
Music Teachers’ Association of California – West Los Angeles (MTAC-WLA) branch is a diverse group of devoted and talented music educators, dedicated to the promotion of musical culture and the pursuit of excellence in the field of music education.
MTAC-WLA was founded in 1954 as a non profit organization under section 501(c)(6).
Our members specialize in the study, and performance and teaching of various disciplines, including but not limited to, classical, jazz and contemporary-popular music. All members have received extensive musical training and include graduates of some of the most prestigious conservatories and universities world-wide. Our professional teachers are engaged in crafting the future of the musical community through our distinctive instruction. Our branch provides many program and performance opportunities. In addition, MTAC -WLA provides teacher collaboration and enrichment through educational workshops as well as teacher recitals.
The Music Teachers’ Association of California (MTAC) is a professional organization. On our website you can find a private instructor, learn more about the benefits of being a member of the MTAC, and view our event calendar for our activities.
MTAC Association Mission Statement
The mission of the Music Teachers’ Association of California is to promote excellence in the music teaching profession. We do this through high membership standards, strong ethical values and continuing professional education.
MTAC Code of Ethics
(revised and accepted in 2016)
Music Teacher’s Association of California (MTAC) was founded and incorporated in 1897 under the laws of the State of California to promote the welfare of the music teacher, and to elevate the educational and teaching standards of its members. The exacting qualifications for membership in the Association establish the member as a qualified and accredited teacher in the community, thus ensuring a professional status. The Code of Ethics maintains a high standard of personal and professional conduct.
Please refer to MTAC.org for the full statement of the code of ethics adopted by all branches of MTAC.
MTAC-WLA Board of Directors
Marina Kalantarova , 1st Vice President (Programs)
Alexa Constantine, 2nd Vice President (Hospitality)
Victoria Roizen, 3rd Vice President (Membership)
Louisa Wong, Treasurer
Mehry Lalezarian, Recording Secretary
Kyunghwa Yoon, Director
Wojciech Kocyan, Director
Mehry Lalezarian , Certificate of Merit
Nancy Arnold, Parliamentarian
Living Composers Fiesta Dr. Neil Galanter & Marla Jones
Music Students’ Service League (MSSL) Nancy Arnold & Tsoline Hajian
Naomi Reisfeld Etude Festival Nurit Caspi & Victoria Roizen
Piano Masterclass Marina Kalantarova
Red & Gold Seal Solo Recitals Nannette Kliger
Student Branch Recital Jan Kravets
VOCE Marla Jones
Web Design / Development Wendy Tittel Design, Inc.
Webmasters Marla Jones & Jan Kravets
Program & Project Chairs
Adult Performance Jane Jonaitis
Bach Festival (Branch) Rosa Wong
Baroque and Classical Festival Marina Kalantarova
Cal Plan Victoria Roizen
Certificate of MeritTM Mehry Lalezarian
Collaborative Young Artists Recital Susanna Safarian-Tarontsi
Composers Today Shilla Hekmat
20th-21st centuryMusic Festival Susanna Safarian-Tarontsi
Romantic – Impressionist festival
Jan Kravets & Marla Jones 2018–present
Marguerite Schwinger 1954–1956
Mildred Haines 1956–1958
Margaret Rose Sheet 1958–1960
Eva Redick 1960–1962
Alice Kitchen 1962–1964
Evelyn Paddock-Smith 1964–1966
Sybil Maxwell 1966–1967
Emilie Fong 1967–1968
Elizabeth Withrow 1968–1969
Emilie Fong 1969–1970
Evelyn Paddock Smith 1970–1971
Beth Jones 1971–1973
Nannette Kliger 1973–1975
Jean Waller 1975–1977
Anne Furniss 1977–1979
Florence Fainman 1979–1981
Susan Rosett 1981–1983
Ellen Batzdorf 1983–1985
Elspeth Nickerson 1985–1987
Louisa Wong 1987–1989
Marilyn Priestley 1989–1991
Alpha H. Walker 1991–1993
Nancy Arnold/Diane Bloomer 1993–1995
Eric Aranda 1995–1997
Marie Lewis 1997–1999
Deborah H. How 1999–2005
Jane Jonaitis 2005–2007
Kathleen Summerland/Rosa Wong 2007–2009
Louisa Wong 2009–2013
Sharon Collins & Nancy Fierro 2013–2014
Jan Kravets & Georgi Slavchev 2014–2016
Jan Kravets & Marina Kalantarova 2016–2017
Jan Kravets & Desislava Grueva 2017–2018