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  • Have you thought about pursuing National Teacher of Music Certification?
  • Are you curious about what the process entails?
  • Do you wonder about the benefits of having the NCTM designation?

Why MTNA Certification?

Certification is a process that validates an individual’s qualifications for a specific field of professional practice. New graduates and teachers, and seasoned professionals alike can benefit from becoming a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM).

MTNA Certification Process

The MTNA Professional Certification program is offered at the state-affiliate level. NCMTA members pursue MTNA Certification with NCMTA. The 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.

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All independent studio teachers and college faculty members are encouraged and invited to the process!

Congratulations to 2024 Certified Colleagues!

Alisha Springer NCTM

Alisha Springer has been teaching piano for 20 years in the Charlotte and Concord areas. She has most recently been on the faculty at UNC-Charlotte where she taught Class Piano (2010-2024). She earned a Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance and Sacred Music from Appalachian State University in 2003. She then earned a Master of Music Degree in Piano Pedagogy from The University of Tennessee-Knoxville in 2005. Alisha has taught many private students through the years at her home, church, and other locations, including homeschool co-ops and schools. She is also a proficient church pianist and accompanist and has served at University City United Methodist Church since 2005. 

Juliana Jing was one of six finalists in the 2008 National Daniel Piano Competition for Young Artists at Furman University, She attended the Franz Liszt Piano Festival in Sopron, Hungary in 2005 and 2007. In 2018, she was a participant at the Intensive Chamber Music Seminar on Moss Arts Center, Blacksburg, VA. Jing completed a bachelor’s degree in piano performance at East Carolina University, studying under Keiko Sekino and Kwan Yi. She currently maintains a private studio in Charlotte, NC.

Juliana Jing NCTM

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