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MTNA Certification

Chairperson: Marcia Yurko


MTNA Professional Certification is the only existing national certification program for the independent studio music teacher. This Certification Program exists to improve the level of professionalism within the field of applied music teaching. It benefits the members of the profession, as well as the public who interacts with the profession. For the music teaching professional, Certification provides prestige, recognition, the potential for student recruitment and increased earning power. For the public, Certification helps readily identify competent applied 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 MTNA certification. All applied music teachers who actively engage in the profession are eligible for MTNA Professional Certification. MTNA dues and NCTM renewal fees must be paid to maintain NCTM status. Teachers will not be listed in the NJMTA Yearbook as Nationally Certified unless these two requirements are met. 


Certification candidates are required to complete these projects:

  1. Explanation of teaching philosophy
  2. Analysis of teaching pieces
  3. Video of teaching
  4. Description of teaching environment
  5. Discussion of business ethics and studio policies

Visit www.mtnacertification.org or email mtnacertification@mtna.org for more information.




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