National Certification

What is it?
The MTNA Professional Certification program exists for teachers who teach music to students of any age level in private or group settings. The program is based upon a set of five standards defining what a competent music teacher should know and be able to do. Upon fulfillment of these standards, applicants are granted the MTNA Professional Certification credential with the designation, Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM).

Why certify?
Can be in addition to a degree or other certification, or without one, the process is the same. Many find the process is not only enjoyable, but enhances music teaching from the inside out. 

Where do I start?
National Certification Website
Click “Get Certified” and “Teacher Profile Projects” to view the Project Workbook without any application or commitment.

When can I start?
Start whenever you are ready! 

Suggested order of Projects:
#1-Teaching Philosophy
#3- Present your Teaching
#4-Teaching Environment
#5- Studio Business/Policies

After these four projects are completed, send in your application and the required fee. MTNA will send you four teaching pieces to analyze. You can then begin working on Project #2: Analyze 4 Teaching Pieces.

How to find help?
Others can help! Local Certification Chairs or Local Chapter Presidents, music colleagues who have previously certified, and State Certification Chair, Angela K. Toone, NCTM

3 UMTA chapters are currently hosting a certification class on zoom each month, any interested are welcome!
If interested, email Betsy Nagel, NCTM

And click on Resources on the National Certification Website