Below is an article from MTNA, a national organization for music teachers.  I thought it was a timely article for the beginning of the school year when many of us as parents are trying to find the right music teacher for our children!

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Striking the Right Notes with the Right Music Teacher

CINCINNATI, OHIO—Finding the right music teacher can make all the difference between success and failure in a child’s music lessons. All music teachers are not the same and do not carry the same credentials. Parents ideally want a teacher who is close, available at the right times and reasonably priced. Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) is here to offer advice on other factors to consider, as well as how to make the right decision.

When selecting your child’s music teacher, it is best to consult with friends, family members and others who are acquainted with area music teachers. Also try asking for recommendations from schools, churches, music stores or area teacher organizations. Word-of-mouth is often the best resource when seeking the right teacher.

After getting a few teaching prospects, arrange an in-person interview, if possible. This allows you to familiarize yourself with the teachers, ask questions about the teacher’s studio policies, expectations and teaching styles. This is also the time to address any concerns you may have.

During this interview, you should ask the teacher if he or she is a member of Music Teachers National Association and if he or she holds MTNA Professional Certification. Both of these convey a commitment to ongoing professional development, which is an important quality to look for in a teacher.

A Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM) has demonstrated competence in professional preparation, teaching practices, ethical business management and lifelong learning. These characteristics will prove to be an excellent source to facilitate music learning in an environment that encourages student confidence, independence, teamwork and success.

Once you have completed the interviews, carefully balance all of the elements of personality, interaction with students, commitment to professionalism with price and location. Weigh the pros and cons. Music lessons are core to any child’s complete education and making an informed decision about who your child studies with is paramount.

For additional assistance finding a music teacher in your area, contact MTNA at (888) 512-5278, mtnanet@mtna.org or visit the MTNA website at www.mtna.org and click on one of the links under “Choosing a Music Teacher.”