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MTNA Professional Certification

Chair: Dr. Gary Pedersen, NCTM

Certification is a process that validates an individual's qualifications for a specific field of professional practice.

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).

To maintain the MTNA Professional Certification credential and designation, NCTM must continue fulfilling the program's standards through the renewal process.

Below is an overview of the Profile Projects for Piano. See Voice, Violin, Flute, and Organ overviews here.

Piano Teacher Profile Projects Overview

Please note: This is simply an overview of the requirements of the Certification Teacher Profile. You must consult the Projects Workbook for complete instructions and suggestions.

Project #1 – Write Your Teaching Philosophy


Project #2 – Analyze Four Teaching Pieces

Give the historical background, teaching approach and theory analysis for each of the four mid-intermediate teaching pieces provided to you following submission of your application and payment of fee.


Project #3 – Present Your Teaching

  1. Video record three lesson segments with the same student on the same piece.

  2. List the materials used in the recorded lessons.

  3. Write a self-evaluation of each recorded lesson segment.

  4. Discuss how you adapt the lessons to this student’s learning modality.

  5. Provide your goals for this student.

  6. Show how you assess the outcomes of your teaching.

  7. Play and video record 5 to 10 minutes of your playing. Pianists must choose pieces that are listed as a Level 7 or above in The Pianist’s Guide to Standard Teaching and Performance Literature by Jane Magrath (Alfred Publishing Co.). These pieces do not have to be memorized.


Project #4 – Share Information About Your Teaching Environment

  1. Describe how you foster a teaching environment that promotes learning in your studio.

  2. Provide supporting documentation for three resources that you use in your studio or classroom.

  3. Describe how you use these three resources.


Project #5 – Discuss Your Business Ethics And Studio Policies

  1. Describe how you would ethically deal with three scenarios involving students, colleagues, and family members.

  2. Document your studio and business policies.


Nationally Certified Teachers of Music 

Dr. Sharla Bender

Annette Burkhart

Kyu Butler

Madelon Byrd Croskell

Laureen Di Bisceglie

Hannah Frey

Rachel Hahn

Leann Halvorson

Karen Koch

Mihyun Lee

Dr. Huiyun Liang

Wendy Martin

Nancy Mayo

Anne Nagle

Stephanie Owen

Dr. Garik Pedersen

Laura Schindler

Eunsil Stevenson

Marschnee Strong

Donna Vince 

MTNA Master Certified Teachers 

Annette Burkhart

Dr. Stephanie Owen

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