National Certification

The MTNA National Certification Program exists to improve the level of professionalism within the field of music teaching. Every member of MTNA is invited and encouraged to become nationally certified. Whether you never studied music at the college level, or you earned a doctoral degree in performance, you are eligible and encouraged to join the ranks of Nationally Certified Teachers of Music (NCTM).

A teacher becomes certified by completing five projects which detail your preparation, your skills, and your professionalism.
Project #1 – Write Your Teaching Philosophy
Project #2 – Analyze Four Teaching Pieces
Project #3 – Present Your Teaching and Your Playing
Project #4 – Share Information About Your Teaching Environment
Project #5 – Discuss Your Business Ethics And Studio Policies

We offer classes for those interested in certification, and attendees say that the group dynamic and peer support assists in many ways. But the projects can also be done on your own, and on your own time-table.

To get started, go to Read about the general standards and the five specific projects. Spend some time surfing the National Certification section of the MTNA website. It has a wealth of information and a list of resources to help you. Certification is available for teachers of all instruments and voice, but piano teachers can get more detailed information by clicking on:

Then contact the District Certification Chair (see below) for help and support. It is up to each of us to engage in life-long learning and seek to become the finest teacher we can possibly be. The process to become nationally certified will enrich your life and help your career as a teacher.

Here are the words of Nelita True, NCTM, a leader in our field: “One of the privileges of being a member of MTNA is the assurance that the organization is dedicated to encouraging excellence in the teaching of music. Nothing speaks to this more eloquently than National Certification.”

Central East Certification Chairperson
Janice Cook, NCTM
1020 Woodman Drive, Columbus, OH 43085
(614) 848-3360 –

Updated June 24, 2019