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.
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 2021 Nomination Form. Applications are due by June 1, 2021.
A native from Singapore, Ms. Sally Liew Sansbury began piano lessons at age 5 and trained
under the Royal Schools of Music curriculum; she went on to obtain teaching and performance
diplomas from Trinity College London. She began her teaching career as a young teenager out
of family expectations. Divine providence brought her to Ohio Wesleyan University, the
founding-site of MTNA, where she obtained a BM degree, moving on to get an MA and a DMA
in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from The Ohio State University. Her teachers include
Steven Glaser, Earl Wild, Sylvia Eckes, Robert Lawrence and pedagogy with Rebecca Johnson.
Since 2000, Sally has been involved in Central East OhioMTA in various capacities: Co-Chair of
Graves Competition, Chair of Buckeye Auditions and Publicity Chair. She is currently the Vice-
President of Student Competitions and Co-Chair of Summer Music Scholarships. Sally became a
Nationally Certified Teacher of Music in 2004 and is also active in Columbus Piano Guild and
Ohio Federation of Music Clubs. Her students have placed in district as well as statewide
competitions, garnered top honors in the Royal Conservatory Exams, and won music
scholarships to noted colleges. Sally enjoys performing as a collaborative artist, being part of a
piano duet and a duo team for several years, as a pianist in chamber music, and an experienced
accompanist. She makes regular appearances with Women In Music, Worthington Music Club,
and at Grace Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Sally maintains a home studio near Worthington
where she resides with her husband and two cats.