Chapin Grant
  • The Elfriede Chapin Fund has been established principally through member contributions to provide a source of funding an annually awarded grant to one NYSMTA member or more than one member if they are working on the same project together.  The members will share the money equally. The recipient(s) will use this grant to work on a special project that will benefit member-teachers.  The project must be used to establish new research developed during the grant.  When the study is complete, the recipient(s) must present their findings in a published article or presentation. 

  • The amount of award is $250

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  • Questions: please contact Michael Merolla 

NYSMTA District Grant
  • Grant Information

  • The maxiumum amount of award is $1,500, less may be awarded depending upon specific circumstances

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Citation Award
  • The NYSMTA Citation Committee requests nominations for the 2020 NYSMTA Citation Award. Nominees should have demonstrated service to the music teaching profession by reason of leadership at State, Division and/or National levels of MTNA, and/or have made outstanding contributions to music and the arts through community, cultural and artistic activities. 

  • Please submit nominations by email, with detailed reasons for the recommendation, by 
    Thursday, September 1, 2022 to:
    Michael Merolla

Lecture Forum
  • The Lecture Forum seeks member proposals for presentation at bi-annual NYSMTA conferences.  Presentation format is flexible. One can read a paper, present a lecture, perform a lecture-recital, or demonstrate a technique. The topic proposal should be a detailed, written document describing the presentation exactly as it is to be done. Possible subjects could involve music literature, teaching techniques, psychology of teaching, performance stress, improvisation, or business elements of the music profession.  Presentation time is a suggested total of thirty minutes including five minutes for questions, but may be extended to a total of fifty minutes.  Please submit your proposal  to: Janice Nimetz

  • Click Here to Apply

  • Question: please contact: Janice Nimetz


  • Professional Certification exists to improve the level of professionalism within the field of music teaching, helps readily identify competent music teachers within the community and provides these teachers with prestige, recognition and the potential for student recruitment and increased earning power. Learn more about MTNA's Certification Program here.

  • 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). All music teachers actively engaged in the profession are eligible for MTNA Professional Certification.