Well, it's been official since earlier this year but I'm just getting around to posting this! This past Summer, I was recognized at the TMTA Conference (Texas Music Teachers Association) for becoming a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music in Piano. What does this mean? Well, this program & testing is comparable to a Bachelors Degree in Piano Pedagogy (Teaching). It sets a standard for excellence in piano teaching. The training, projects, and exams covered all areas of piano teaching & performance, along with business & professional ethics. I am very proud to add this to my resume and it opened up my eyes to new ways of teaching.
After receiving Certification, I was asked to publish my thoughts on the process of certification:
To quote Einstein: “Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school”. The pursuit of knowledge and passion to teach piano professionally is something that should always be on the forefront of our thoughts and minds. Even after 30+ years of piano study & performance, along with 10+ years of teaching & business ownership experience, I wanted to pursue certification for a number of reasons: Increase awareness of my own teaching style; Understand my students & parents better; Highlight my weaknesses and convert them to strengths; Exemplify professionalism on all levels; Achieve the standard that MTNA has set for excellence in our field.
Becoming certified should be a goal all piano & music teachers strive for. Continuing to strive for excellence in teaching & professionalism beyond certification is now my lifetime pursuit.