MTNA Certification is the only certification that is available for the studio music teacher. By the designation Nationally Certified Teacher of Music, NCTM, the independent music teacher and the college music professor can validate their qualifications and demonstrate to their employers, clients, and peers that they are committed to excellence. The five standards of the MTNA certification program define what a competent music teacher should know and be able to do. The standards encourage the music teacher to validate that they are a well-rounded professional in their preparation, teaching practices, business management, partnerships, and personal renewal. It ensures that we keep current in the field and pursue creative activity to further our personal and professional achievement.
Sylvia Coats, NCTM
MTNA National Chair of Certification
Getting the Most Out Of MTNA Professional Certification
Reprinted from MTNAcertification.org
The FTD symbol for florists, the Underwriters Laboratory mark and the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval-these symbols instill public confidence and foster consumer preference because they are associated with quality, dependability and high standards. The MTNA Professional Certification Program exists to improve the level of professionalism within the music teaching field. It benefits members of the profession itself, as well as the public who interacts with the profession.
For the music teaching professional, certification provides prestige, recognition and the potential for student recruitment and increased earning power. For the public, certification helps readily identify competent music teachers in their communities. The designation of Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM) is given to successful candidates who meet the professional competencies and standards required for MNTA certification. All music teachers actively engaged in the profession are eligible for MTNA Professional Certification.
The NCTM insignia can be an effective tool for promoting your status, services, studio and, ultimately, your career. The NCTM insignia's effectiveness as a promotional tool results from widespread public recognition of its significance. Public recognition is created by constant and repeated exposure to the emblem, along with consistent explanation of the benefits it represents. You can get the most from your national certification by taking advantage of every available opportunity to expose the insignia and explain its significance. Your efforts will increase public recognition of certification, which, in turn, will enhance your promotional efforts.
"When I first received the certification packet from MTNA I was overwhelmed! However, I quickly found that by taking one step at a time and using all the guidelines and resources provided by MTNA I was able to successfully complete the journey to become a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM). While the initials after my name don't automatically make me a better teacher, I have no doubt that I am a better teacher today because of the process I went through to get those initials after my name! I highly recommend it as a goal worth pursuing for any dedicated music teacher. Order the packet from MTNA, find someone to mentor you through the process and get started today. You won't regret it!"
Natalie Wickham, NCTM