Raleigh Piano Teachers Association

An Affiliate of the North Carolina Music Teachers Association

The following excerpts are from www.mtnacertification.org. Go to this website to find a Power Point Overview, an application, Piano Teacher Profile Projects (listed and then further explained in an 8- page workbook), plus links to further information to help you get started on the certification process.  For questions about MTNA Certification, contact Julie Gorka, RPTA Certification Chair at 703-283-6977 or practicealot@email.com.  

MTNA Certification

Certification is a process that validates an individual‘s qualifications for a specific field of professional practice. It demonstrates to employers, clients, and peers that which the individual knows and is able to do. It signifies commitment to continued excellence in professional practice. In addition, it increases visibility, builds credibility, provides a goal for personal professional achievement, and validates expertise for the individual and to those outside the field. The MTNA Professional Certification program exists for teachers who teach music 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:
  • Standard I        Professional Preparation
  • Standard II       Professional Teaching Practices
  • Standard III      Professional Business Management
  • Standard IV      Professionalism and Partnerships
  • Standard V       Professional and Personal Renewal

Upon fulfillment of these standards, applicants are granted the MTNA Professional Certification credential with the designation, Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM). In order to maintain the MTNA Professional Certification credential and designation, NCTM‘s must continue fulfilling the program‘s standards through a renewal process.