2022 CONFERENCE | St Edward’s Oxford | 13th – 15th May 2022

The Music Teachers’ Conference is a widely respected annual gathering of professionals in music education with a comprehensive and diverse programme lead by some of the best speakers in the UK.

Hosted by a member school, our 2022 conference sees us heading to St Edward’s Oxford, where we will bring together over 150 delegates. The atmosphere is always friendly but professional, and you can expect a memorable weekend where contacts are made, ideas are nurtured and horizons expanded.

We are very much looking forward to hosting the MTA Conference 2022 at St Edward’s Oxford this year. It’s an honour to put together a programme for the first live conference since 2019, and at such an important time as we reinstate so much of what we do in school music departments. St Edward’s enjoys its position of being a boarding school on the edge of a vibrant cultural city, and the conference will hopefully reflect that: I am hoping that there will be a real focus on music as a local concern within our own schools, a community concern through partnerships, and a national concern through what we are all hoping to achieve for our subject. I do hope you’ll save the date and join us in May 2022.”

  • Alex Tester, Director of Music and the Arts at St Edward’s School, Oxford


MTA Music Teachers Association

Over 26 CPD sessions aim to guide, inspire and encourage best practice across the sector. You can expect practical sessions covering curriculum support, as well as sessions that address much wider aspects to inspiring pupils and forging a thriving department. We aim to tackle head-on some of our biggest challenges as music educators, enabling an open discussion and giving practical tools for people to take back to their own settings. There are dedicated sessions for those working in music administration, as well as keynote speakers, lively panel discussions, and practical workshops.

The conference trade fair is always a lively hub of activity with over thirty corporate members showcasing the latest instruments, scores, technology solutions and products, as well as offering practical advice on hosting music tours. The conference also includes regular fixtures like the AGM and the Douglas Fox Prize.

Of course networking is one of the key reasons that members attend, and the opportunity to make new connections and share good practice with colleagues from a wide range of schools and organisations is invaluable. The Saturday sessions culminate in a black-tie gala dinner, which is a chance to relax and unwind with your peers, and for many is a highlight of the weekend.



Teaching member registration is open to MTA members only. If you are already a member and would like to register for the conference, you can do so on the link below. If you are not yet a member but would like to join, please sign-up for membership first; all the information about becoming a member can be found here.


We have a number of exhibitor and sponsorship packages available for our Corporate Members. For all the information you need, you can download a copy of our Corporate Conference Pack 2022. You do need to be a pre-existing member of the MTA to attend; if you are not yet a member but would like to apply, please visit our membership page HERE. If you are ready to register, you can simply complete the link below.


Accommodation is not included in our packages in order to allow delegates to choose where to stay. We recommend the EasyHotel and the Jurys Inn as two of the best options local to St Edwards, and have negotiated discounted rates at these properties. All the information you need to access these rates and make a booking is available in our Recommended Hotels pack.  Alternatively, you are welcome to make independent arrangements.

To get a flavour of what you can expect, you can explore our 2021 Virtual Conference Programme:

The Conference is always a highlight of the MTA’s year. It’s a wonderful chance for old and new friends to meet and talk about the issues in music education and the latest thinking.

Scott Price

Last year I attended for the first time and was very impressed by both the location and the event itself. As someone who is looking towards becoming a Director of Music in a few years time I found Mr Forbes really inspiring.

Peter WilliamsRydal Penrhos Preparatory School

The MMA Conference was excellent! A really useful weekend with interesting and informative workshops sessions. I really enjoyed the Gospel workshop with Ken Burton who had us literally dancing in the aisles.

John PadleyDirector of Music, Queen Anne's School, Caversham