MTNA offers a certification program which is valid in all 50 states.

The MTNA professional certification program provides on opportunity for music teachers to validate their qualification to their employers, clients and peers. It is a rewarding process that results in personal and professional fulfillments.

Why get certification?

  • It really helps to improve teaching through continuous self-study and planning.
  • It is a rewarding process that results in personal success.
  • It provides personal and professional achievement.
  • It provides student referrals from the "Find a certified teacher" link at mtna.org.
  • It gives the right to use "MTNA nationally certified teacher of music" logo
  • It shows trustworthiness to parents and students.
  • NCTM title shows dedication to teaching that cannot be evaluated by any college degree program.

Certification Process

  1. Go to the MTNA certification website for an overview.
  2. Read certification standards.
  3. Read teacher profile workbook for your instrument.
  4. Read "What will the evaluators be looking for?"
  5. Submit certification application and pay the fee as directed.
  6. Successfully complete and submit five profile projects.

Five Profile Projects:

  1. Writing a philosophy of teaching.
  2. Writing analyses of specific teaching pieces.
  3. Submitting video files of the applicant teaching a student various time throughout the preparation of a piece.
  4. Description of teaching environment.
  5. Discussion of business ethics and studio policies.

Full or part time college faculty: Submit certification application and administrative verification form. Administration verification form will be sent to MTNA upon receipt of application and fee.

Hawaii Certified Teachers

Bichuan Li, NCTM
Honolulu, HI 96822
Phone: (808) 944-2977
Teaches: Piano

Christine Lee, NCTM
Honolulu, HI 96826
Phone: (808) 947-6205
Teaches: Piano

Edward Lee, NCTM
Honolulu, HI 96825
Phone: (808) 426-3537
Teaches: Piano

Helen S Chao-Casano, NCTM
Honolulu, HI 96822
Phone: (808) 941-8315
Teaches: Piano, Music Education, Early Childhood Music

Jeannette Chun, NCTM
Honolulu, HI 96819
Phone: (808) 839-5525
Teaches: Piano

Katharine Hafner, NCTM
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 538-1221
Teaches: Violin

Steven Casano, NCTM
Honolulu, HI 96822
Phone: (808) 398-0567
Teaches: Piano, Theory, Piano-Pedagogy

Wendy Yamashita, NCTM
Honolulu, HI 96828
Phone: (808) 282-3001
Teaches: Piano

Winnie Chan, NCTM
Honolulu, HI 96814
Phone: (808) 596-9268
Teaches: Piano, Theory, Ear Training