The MTNA Professional Certification Program exists to improve the level of professionalism within the field of music teaching. It benets the members of the profession itself, as well as the public who interact with the professional. For the music teaching professional, certification provides prestige, recognition and the potential for student recruitment and increased earning power. For the public, certification helps readily identify competent music teachers in their communities. 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 the MTNA Professional Certification. National certification will set you apart as a teacher of high professional standards. To learn more about the process to become certified and to download a certification packet, please visit mtnacertification.org. Teachers who are interested in pursuing certication will be encouraged to work in small groups led by the certification chair, Lisa Cattanach, NCTM. Teachers may contact the chair (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org )directly.