In 1970, local piano teachers formed the Anchorage Keyboard Teachers Association as a volunteer organization to:
- Provide teachers opportunities to improve teaching skills and exchange ideas
- Provide students and teachers with non-competitive performance events
- Provide competitive performance events with cash awards or travel grants
- Provide events for students to expand their self-image by hearing other students perform
- Encourage growth through awareness for both the teachers and the students
The volunteer organization grew in membership from a small group to an organization representing approximately 75 teachers in Palmer, Wasilla, Eagle River, Anchorage, and Girdwood.
In 1981, articles of Incorporation were filed with the State of Alaska establishing AKTA as a nonprofit organization.
In 1985, AKTA and other local associations in Alaska form the state organization, Alaska Music Teachers Association. The Alaska Music Teachers Association joined the national organization – Music Teachers National Association.
It is AKTA’s goal to provide students with local, state and national performance and composition opportunities; and to provide teachers with local, state and national conventions, workshops and national certification.