PPMTA reimburses newly certified members one half of the application fee for the MTNA Certification process. For more information on becoming a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music, go to www.mtna.org (MTNA Certification) or contact the CSMTA Certification Chair at www.comusicteachers.net/teacher-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.” MTNA Certification page
MTNA Professional Certification promotes excellence in the field of music by encouraging life-long study to raise individual music teacher's levels of competency, effectiveness and professionalism. The designation of NCTM, Nationally Certified Teacher of Music, identifies to the public the applied music teachers who have met the standards set by MTNA.
The MTNA Teaching Specialist Program provides music teachers an opportunity to obtain a designation as a teaching specialist in the areas of RMM (Recreational Music Making) and/or Group Piano. The Specialist designation demonstrates to the public, employers, and peers that a teacher has devoted special attention, and has demonstrated proficiency in a particular teaching approach. Upon completion of requirements, applicants are granted the designation MTNA RMM Specialist or MTNA Group Teaching Specialist. Once the designation has been achieved, no renewal is required to maintain the designation.
The MTNA Specialist designation is granted without bias, discrimination, or favoritism between MTNA members and/or non-members or any other arbitrary differentiation. The program is objectively administered in a uniform manner to ensure fairness, accuracy, validity and integrity.