Our History

SRMTA History

A Brief history of The Saskatchewan
Registered Music Teachers’ Association

  • 1932

    SRMTA Founded

    The Saskatchewan Registered Music Teachers’ Association was formed in 1932—as a provincial organization of music teachers, several years after the formation of smaller branches throughout the province.

  • 1934

    1st Provincial Convention

    The first provincial convention took place in Regina in 1934 with Mr. George Palmer (Saskatoon) being elected as the first Provincial President, and Grace Knowlden (Regina) as secretary.

  • 1935

    SRMTA joins the CFMTA

    SRMTA became a member of the newly formed Canadian Federation of Music Teachers’ Associations in 1935 at a founding meeting in Vancouver. Mr. George Palmer represented the provincial association on this historic occasion.

  • 1938

    Act of Registration Passed

    Due to the efforts of Lyell Gustin, George Palmer, Grace Knowlden, and Edith Mash, the objective of further raising professional standards was achieved when the Act of Registration was passed in 1938.

    The president of the University of Saskatchewan, Walter Murray, and Dean Moxon helped pilot the act through the legislature. This act was the first of its kind in the Dominion. This act was then revised in 2003 to bring it to its current status.

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