Music Teachers National Association—the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers. The mission of MTNA is to advance the value of music study and music making to society and to support the professionalism of music teachers.

MTNA maintains two subsidiary programs: MTNA Professional Certification Program and the MTNA Foundation Fund. The Professional Certification Program exists to improve the level of professionalism within the field of applied music teaching and helps the public readily identify competent music teachers in their communities. The MTNA MTNA Foundation Fund supports programs to financially assist teachers and students with their educational pursuits while providing an opportunity for individual and corporate support of MTNA and its programs.




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Strategic Plan
In April 2021, the MTNA Board of Directors adopted this Strategic Plan designed to fulfill the mission of MTNA.
Objective I:     Engage the Public: Increase the number of people making and teaching music.
Goal 1:     Promote the benefits of music making and music study.
Goal 2:     Implement and maintain relationships/partnerships to advance music education and the arts
Goal 3:     Promote openness to all approaches of making music.
Goal 4:     Engage communities at all levels (local, state, national) through activities, learning and outreach.
Goal 5:     Establish intentional strategies for promoting access, diversity, equity and inclusion.
Objective II:     Sustain the Profession: Ensure the long-term future of the profession.
Goal 1:     Promote the music teaching profession as a worthwhile, respected and financially viable career.
Goal 2:     Promote networking opportunities, professional development and resources.
Goal 3:     Promote MTNA Certification
Goal 4:     Support and engage in market research.
Goal 5:     Take collective and affirmative steps to lift the music teaching profession to a higher standard of professionalism, engagement and inclusion.
Goal 6:     Develop strategies to serve the international teaching community.
Objective III:     Inspire the Member: Engage and support the membership.
Goal 1:     Strengthen, grow and diversify the membership.
Goal 2:     Enhance and expand inclusive member programs and services.
Goal 3:     Identify and cultivate skilled, diverse, committed leadership at all organizational levels
Goal 4:     Apply and integrate technology to enhance member services and organizational effectiveness
Goal 5:     Strengthen and grow the Foundation Fund.