On November 1, 1959, twenty-five interested music teachers met at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro to discuss the organization of NCMTA. The first state conference was held in January, 1960 at UNC Chapel Hill.
The plan for certifying the private piano teachers was adopted in 1962. In 1963, the plan was revised to include four types of certificates: Provisional, Standard, Experience and Professional Advancement.
In the fall of 1963, it was decided to move and organize the NCMENC piano teachers section to NCMTA. The piano contest and festival which had previously been under NCMENC were now shilfted to NCMTA. Other sections (voice, organ and strings) were later added to NCMTA. In the fall of 1975, district piano workshops were added. In 1976, there were over 700 students participating in the NCMTA spring Piano Contest/Festival. There were also contest/festivals held in the areas of organ, string and voice.
Two annual publications developed: the North Carolina Music Teacher and the President’s Newsletter. Today, NCMTA communicates through the North Carolina Music Teacher as well as the association website, www.ncmta.org. Currently NCMTA has approximately 550 members.
Historical records of the North Carolina Music Teachers Association are located in the Manuscript Division of Wilson Library, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.