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Why should you join MTNA?
A Message from the Executive Director and CEO of MTNA
MTNA Membership: Investment in your Future

Mission supports our profession

  • Engage the Public

  • Sustain the Profession

  • Inspire the Member

Continuing Education and Professional Development

Website Resources

  • Webinars

  • Arts Advocacy (Beth Klingenstein)

  • Fresh Approaches to Old School Teaching: Traditional doesn’t have to be Boring (Peter Oertman)

  • Business Planning for the Independent music Teacher (Karen Thickstun)

  • Demystifying Baroque and Classical Ornamentation (Ratko Delorki, George Litterst)

  • The Role of Rote Teaching in the Development of Reading

  • Artistry and Technique (Julie Knerr and Katherine Fisher) ….and more

Studio Resources

  • The Independent Piano Teacher’s Studio Handbook (selected Chapters from Beth Klingenstein’s book

  • Intermediate Chamber Music Repertoire (downloadable list)

  • Jazz History Database

  • Websites for Kids (links) includes Music Games, Theory, History, and Listening

  • Music Achievement Program, Studio Festival, Music Study Award (Guidlines and downloadable certificates for establishing these motivation programs in your studio.)

  • Teaching Tips—opportunity to read and share teaching tips from members

  • Copyright info

  • Essential Skills for Promoting a Lifelong Love of Music and Music Making. 4-part document by Dorothy Payne, Barbara Lister Sink, William Westney, Gail Berenson and Scott McBride Smith

  • Music Achievement Program (guidelines and templates to use in your studio)

  • Choosing a Music Teacher: Finding the Right Teacher, How to Interview Prospective Teachers. Role of Parents, How is Music Beneficial for All Learners;L inks to

  • Find a Teacher Directory: all member teachers can create a teacher profile and connect it to their own website

  • Guide to your Child’s Musical Future

American Music Teacher—bi-monthly journal & MTNA e-journal
Article of the Year Awards went to

  • 2018—"Transitioning From Traditional To Online Piano Lessons: Perceptions of Students, Parents and Teacher,"; by Diana Dumlavwalla

  • 2017—"The Pedagogical Value Of 'Enjoyment' In The Classical Piano Studio: A Research Report On A Transdisciplinary Study"; William Westney, Cynthia M. Grund, James Yang, Aimee Cloutier, Jesse Latimer, Michael O’Boyle, Dan Fang and Jiancheng Hou

  • 2016—"Assessing Injury Risk In Pianists Using Objective Measures To

  • Promote Self-Awareness,"; Paola Savvidou, NCTM; Brad Willis; Mengyuan Li and Marjorie Skubic

  • 2015—"Colorful Illustrations In Piano Method Books: A Pilot Project Investigating Eye Focus,"; by Gilles Comeau

  • 2014—"Non-Traditional Notation and Techniques in Student Piano Repertoire," by Kevin D. Richmond


Study Grants for Teachers National and State Conferences

Opportunities for Students and Teachers e-Festivals

  • $60 provides evaluation and critique of up to 15 minutes of video recorded performance. Performance videos may be submitted in up to 8 separate videos over the course of a year.




Professional support

  • discounts and Resources—includes deep discounts at Office Depot/Max

  • merchant services and new technology resources.

  • insurance

  • MTNA provides liability insurance for all MTNA sponsored events.

Certification program

  • offers the designation of Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM)

  • Encourage ongoing professional and educational development

  • Increase teacher competency and effectiveness

  • Provide a goal for personal professional achievement for music teachers

  • Increase the potential for earning power for music teachers

  • Improve the level of professionalism within the music teaching field

  • Identify for the public competent music teachers

  • to apply


Stephanie Mercer
Vice-President for Membership

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