Constitution

1. TITLE

The Association shall be called the Post-Primary Music Teachers’ Association abbreviated as PPMTA
2. MEMBERSHIP

2.1
All persons teaching Department of Education music programmes at post-primary level shall be eligible for full membership.
2.2
Associate membership is open to all Final/Higher Diploma music students. Associate members are not eligible to vote or to be elected onto the committee.
2.3
Honorary membership may be awarded to past/retired members of the Association by a decision of the National Committee.
3. AIMS

To assist teachers in the development of Music Education in post-primary schools.
4. OBJECTIVES

4.1 To provide a network for members at Branch and National level
4.2 To represent members in all areas pertaining to music education in post-primary schools
4.3 To represent members in all aspects of curriculum development
4.4 To represent members on matters pertaining to the Certificate Examinations
4.5 To keep members informed about changes and developments in Music Education

5. STRUCTURE – NATIONAL COMMITEE
5.1 The National Committee will form the executive body for the PPMTA
5.2 The function of the National Committee shall be to implements the objectives as outlined in 4
5.3 The National Committee will consist of the following elected officers: Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Treasurer and TWO delegates selected from the affiliated Regional Branches.
5.4 The Officers, elected at the national AGM, shall hold office for two years and may serve a maximum of six years.
5.5 The outgoing Chairperson will be an ex-officio member of the Committee for one year.
5.6 The committee has the right to co-opt extra members onto the committee for a period to be determined by the Committee.
5.7 The National Committee shall meet at least once each school term. Members are required to attend at least two-thirds of all notified meetings.
5.8 Five working days notice of a National Committee meeting must be given to the members of the National Committee by the Secretary, on the instruction of the Chairperson.
5.9 A quorum for a meeting of the National Committee shall comprise at least four voting members, three of whom must be officers.
5.10 All matters shall be decided at a National Committee meeting by a simple majority of those members present.
5.11 The minutes of each meeting of the National Committee of the PPMTA shall be circulated to all members of the National Committee before the next meeting.

6. STRUCTURE OF THE REGIONAL BRANCHES
6.1 Each branch should have at least ten members and form its own committee, at a minuted meeting. An annual report should be submitted at the National AGM.
6.2 The membership year shall be from 1st September to August 31st of the following year.
6.3 The names of the branch officers, delegate and current branch paid-up members shall be submitted to the National Secretary as soon as possible after the branch AGM.
6.4 Branches should act in coordination with the National Committee.

7. FINANCES
7.1 The Financial year shall be from September 1st to August 31st of the following year. Subscriptions are payable yearly from date of renewal.
7.2 The yearly subscription for members shall be determined each year at the AGM of the association and shall be payable to the treasurer. Associate members shall pay half this fee.
7.3 All financial undertakings and payment of necessary expenses must be authorised by the National Committee.