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Performance Competancy and Repertoire Requirements

AREAS of MUSIC PERFORMANCE in Which MTNA PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION May be Acquired

Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone, Percussion, Violin Viola Violoncello, Guitar, Harp, Double Bass, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Bass Trombone, Organ, Piano, Voice

Basic Performance Competency Requirements for All Areas of Music Performance

As one of two options, candidates for MTNA Professional Certification may meet the performance competency requirements in each area of music performance for which they are applying for MTNA Professional Certification, with a performance of repertoire:

  • From a minimum of four different style periods chosen from baroque, classical, romantic, impressionistic or twentieth century. May include concerto repertoire.
  • With a variety of technical and musical demands.
  • With optional memorization.
  • At or above the difficulty level of the MTNA Professional Certification Example Repertoire (see below) for each area of music performance.
  • Which demonstrates a difficulty level of repertoire representative of six semesters of college/university-level music performance study.

 
Additional Performance Competency Requirements

In addition to fulfilling the above basic performance competency requirements, candidates for MTNA Professional Certification in the following four areas of music performance must fulfill the specific requirements listed below:

Piano: Performance repertoire must include (1) a work from the baroque period on or above the level of a Three-part Invention, a Prelude and Fugue, or two movements from a Suite, (2) a sonata allegro movement from a Sonata from the classical period and (3) works from two other style periods. May also include duet and duo repertoire (See MTNA Professional Certification Example Repertoire).
Organ: Performance repertoire must include (1) a work from the baroque period, (2) a work from the French period and (3) works from two other style periods.
Voice: Performance repertoire must include a minimum of two languages in addition to English.

Percussion: Performance repertoire must include a work from at least four major percussion performance areas (keyboard, timpani, snare drum and multiple percussion), with a minimum of two contrasting styles represented in the area of percussion keyboard.

Validation of Performance Competency Requirements

Candidates may validate their performance of repertoire by showing evidence of successfully meeting the MTNA Performance Competency Requirements in each area of music performance for which they are applying for MTNA Professional Certification by submitting with application one of the following options:

Option a. A completed MTNA Repertoire Selection Form for approving the candidate’s selected Performance Competency program repertoire as having successfully met the MTNA Performance Competency Requirements. Following the preliminary step of approving the selected repertoire, the candidate will be sent three Performance Competency Verification Forms to be signed, dated and completed by THREE witnesses* who hear the program. The candidate will return the witnesses’ Verification forms to MTNA for processing.

Option b. A completed MTNA Jury Evaluation Form, signed and dated by a college/university faculty jury panel. Evaluation form must include a juried list of repertoire that meets the MTNA Performance Competency Requirements. List of repertoire must include keys, opus numbers and movements that apply.

Option c. A signed, dated letter from a college-level music performance teacher verifying the candidate has successfully met the MTNA Performance Competency Requirements. The letter must include a list of repertoire performed and/or studied and the name of the school must appear on the letterhead. List of repertoire must include keys, opus numbers and movements that apply.

*A witness who hears the program must be either an NCTM, the applicant’s performance study teacher, major professor/advisor or student teaching supervisor, dean, director or chair of school of music or music department at college/university or a church musician. A witness may not be a member of a candidate's family, a parent of a candidate's students or a student of the candidate.

Example Repertoire lists are available in PDF format.

How to Apply

Certification Application is easy. If you are submitting a new application, please download the PDF and follow submission intructions. For renewal members, click the link and renew your application online.

Professional Certification Application (PDF)

Collegiate Certification Application (PDF)

Online Renewal Application