MTNA Professional Certification Program

 The MTNA Professional Certification Program exists  to improve the level of professionalism within the field of music  teaching. Certification helps readily identify competent teachers within  the community and provides these teachers with prestige, recognition  and the potential for student recruitment and increased earning power.

The Certification Process validates  an individual's qualifications for a specific field of professional  practice. 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. The MTNA Professional Certification program exists  for teachers who teach music to students of any age level in private or  group settings.


The program is based upon a set of five standards defining what a competent music teacher should know and be able to do. 

  1. Professional Preparation
  2. Professional Teaching Practice
  3. Professional Business Management
  4. Professionalism and Partnerships
  5. Professional and Personal Renewal

OhioMTA Certified Teacher of the Year

Each year OhioMTA selects a Certified Teacher of the Year who will serve  as Ohio's nominee for the MTNA Teacher of the Year. OhioMTA teacher of  the year will receive a waiver to cover registration at the annual state  conference, plus lunch at the Annual Awards Brunch. The recipient of  the National Award is awarded a conference package that includes  airfare, two nights at the conference hotel, conference registration and  two Awards Brunch tickets. Click the button below to download the 2020 Nomination Form.

OhioMTA 2019 Certified Teacher of the Year

Rachel Mauricio Mills


Rachel Mauricio Mills holds a BM in Keyboard Pedagogy from Capital University, an MM in Piano Performance & Pedagogy from Bowling Green State University, and is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music through MTNA. Since 2010, Rachel has served on the Executive Board of the Central East District of OhioMTA as Secretary, Scale Olympics Chair, Publicity Chair, VP of Student Activities, VP of Member Services, and is currently in her second term as District President. She is a member of the National Guild of Piano Teachers and an adjudicator for the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs. An active member of Women in Music Columbus, Rachel enjoys performing collaboratively and also works as a freelance pianist for events and church services. Rachel maintains a private studio of pre-college and adult students in Worthington, where she lives with her husband and two daughters.