A. Knowing and Performing Music: Competent music teachers possess a significant understanding of and facility on their performing instrument(s). They demonstrate a specialized knowledge in a performance area as they provide students with comprehensive, sequential instruction. They have substantial knowledge of music theory, music history/literature and pedagogy/teacher education.
B. Knowing and Understanding Students: Competent music teachers have knowledge and understanding of students’ physical, social and cognitive growth and past musical experiences. They assimilate this knowledge to develop a course of study and to prepare instruction that meets the needs of each student while cultivating positive and productive relationships.
(This standard must be successfully validated and fulfilled in Step 1 of the initial certification process before a Step 2 option of either a certification examination is taken or a certification portfolio option is begun.)
Standard I: Professional Preparation is validated and fulfilled with requirements in three competency areas as found in Step 1 of the initial certification process:
A. Academic competency in the areas of music theory, music history/literature and pedagogy/teacher education. Must be validated with either of the following THREE OPTIONS:
1) Four semesters of coursework in music theory, three semesters of coursework in music history/literature and two semesters of coursework in pedagogy/teacher education-OR-2) Proficiency examinations in music theory, music history/literature and pedagogy/teacher education-OR-3) Some combination of coursework and proficiency examinations
B. Performance Competency to perform repertoire in an area of performance that meets the MTNA performance competency requirements. Must be validated with either of the following TWO OPTIONS:
1) Six semesters of coursework in one of twenty-one areas of music performance.-OR-2) Submit one of the following THREE options that meet the MTNA Performance Competency requirements: a) Program of Repertoire b) Jury Evaluation Form c) Official Letter from Teacher
C. Teaching competency must be validated with:
1) Three letters of reference-AND-2) Two years of teaching experience
A. Planning Courses of Study: Competent music teachers plan courses of study for their students on a regular basis using a sound teaching philosophy and a wide range of music, musical concepts and materials.
B. Facilitating Music Learning: Competent music teachers foster students’ interest and facilitate their musical learning by using a variety of resources, equipment, technology, materials, methods, music, and teaching styles and strategies.
C. Fostering an Educational Environment: Competent music teachers provide and cultivate settings that are conducive to learning and performance and that are inclusive of students and families from varied backgrounds, cultures and capabilities. They provide settings for a course of study that encourages student confidence, independence, teamwork and high achievement.
D. Assessing Musical Growth: Competent music teachers utilize multiple evaluation methods regularly to assess and convey the progress of students’ musical growth and performance and to gather data for planning subsequent courses of study.
Candidates must prepare a typed one semester/two-quarter (14–18 weeks) course of study for a student from one of the following levels: preschool, beginner, elementary, intermediate, advanced or adult. The course of study is a complete overview of Standard II and must include the following:
1. A one-page, typed statement of teaching philosophy.
2. A one- or two-page, typed statement listing the teaching objectives for the course of study.
3. Nine typed, comprehensive and representative lesson plans for the level of student selected that will demonstrate the teaching philosophy, teaching objectives and the scope of the course of study. The lesson plans must be sequential but not necessarily consecutive in nature.
4. A typed, one- or two-page statement describing how the teaching objectives/lesson plans in the course of study will be facilitated.
Candidates must include the following materials and documents in support of Statements 1–4:
5. Candidates must prepare a typed, one- or two-page statement describing how a learning environment conducive to teaching the objectives/lesson plans in the course of study will be fostered.
Candidates may include no more than three of the following materials and/or documents in support of Statement 5:
6. Candidates must prepare a typed statement describing how the results of the teaching objectives and lesson plans in the course of study will be assessed/evaluated.
Candidates must include any three of the following materials and/or documents in support of Statement 6:
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Competent music teachers demonstrate an understanding and application of basic professional and ethical business practices in their studio and classroom management. These practices include establishing operational and financial policies.
7. Candidates must prepare a typed statement describing how professional and ethical business practices will be applied in the studio/classroom.
Candidates must include the following materials and documents in support of Statement 7:
A. Contributing to the Profession: Competent music teachers contribute to the professional growth of their colleagues, their studios and schools, their professional associations and their profession at large.
B. Building Partnerships: Competent music teachers understand and appreciate the unique position that the family unit, colleagues and the community play in the musical education of students. They actively seek opportunities to build and nurture partnerships with them.
8. Candidates must prepare a typed statement describing the avenues through which contributions have been made to the professional growth of colleagues, professional associations and the profession at large.
Candidates must include any three of the following materials and documents in support of Statement 8:
9. Candidates must prepare a typed statement describing how partnerships with professional colleagues, the families of students, and the schools and organizations in their communities have been and will continue to be built.
Candidates must include one of the following materials and documents in support of Statement 9:
Upon becoming certified, NCTMs must continue to maintain Standards I–III that were fulfilled in Steps I and II of the initial certification process, and continue to validate and fulfill Standards IV: Professionalism and Partnerships and Standard V: Professional and Personal Renewal through the MTNA Professional Certification renewal process every five years with one of the following three options. Renewal Options 1 and 2 are for all candidates; Renewal Option 3 is for full- or part-time college or university faculty:
Option 1: Documentation of Professional Renewal Activities PointsOption 2: Portfolio of Professional Renewal ActivitiesOption 3: Administrative Verification of Professional Renewal Activities
Four categories of professional renewal activities for fulfilling Standards IV and V provide the basis for the three renewal options:Category 1: Contributing to the ProfessionCategory 2: Building PartnershipsCategory 3: Evaluating Professional GrowthCategory 4: Continuing Education
Submitting the Certification Portfolio
Compiling the Certification Portfolio
Evaluating the Certification Portfolio
Procedures Following Evaluation
Recommended Resources and References
When Works Pass Into the Public Domain
Certification Portfolio Verification Form
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