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Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Membership

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Mission Statement

The mission of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) is to advance the value of music study and music making to society and to support the professionalism of music teachers.


Interested in Membership?

Active Membership is available to any individual professionally engaged in a music activity who is also a member of an affiliated state association. Active members receive American Music Teacher and are entitled to participate in all MTNA activities, vote and hold office. Individuals over age 70 qualify for Senior Membership rates.
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Interested in Finding a Local MTNA Teacher?

Search for an MTNA certified teacher in your area by selecting your state, instrument and zip code.
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Interested in MTNA Certification?

Certification is a process that validates an individual's qualifications for a specific field of professional practice. It demonstrates to employers, clients, and peers that which the individual knows and is able to do. It signifies commitment to continued excellence in professional practice. In addition, it increases visibility, builds credibility, provides a goal for personal professional achievement and validates expertise for the individual and to those outside the field. Upon fulfillment of MTNA standards, applicants are granted the MTNA Professional Certification credential with the designation, Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM). Find out more...


Interested in Supporting MTNA?

When you make a contribution to the MTNA Foundation Fund, you are helping us work for a more musical tomorrow through programs that nurture the creation, performance, study and teaching of music. Young students are recognized for their pursuit of excellence in performance and composition through the MTNA Student Competitions. MTNA supports the creation of new music through its Composer Commissioning program. MTNA state-affiliated associations commission a work that is entered into the Distinguished Composer of the Year competition. The winning composition is premiered at the MTNA National Conference.


Individuals who have made significant contributions to the art of music and the profession of music teaching are recognized through the MTNA Achievement Award, the Distinguished Service Award, the Frances Clark Keyboard Pedagogy Award and the MTNA Teacher of the Year Award. Authors are rewarded for their literary contributions with the American Music Teacher Article of the Year Award. The Teacher Enrichment Grant program enables teachers to apply for grants to fund further musical study and educational or research projects. Teachers entering the profession are encouraged through the Student Achievement Recognition (StAR) award program which grants free one year active national or collegiate memberships to outstanding graduating music students. In addition, these students are eligible to enter the MTNA Studio Teacher Fellowship Award and the Collegiate Chapter of the Year Award. MTNA local-affiliated associations may apply for grants for projects that benefit teachers, their students and their communities.
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