Two articles of interest supporting Certification. Click on the title for a .pdf copy of the article. 

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.

Annette Suhovecky

2018 OhioMTA Nationally Certified Teacher of the Year,

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.

Ohio 2018 Certified Teacher of the Year


Annette Poyar Suhovecky has been teaching piano in Dublin, Ohio for the last twenty-six years. She is a twenty-six year member of Ohio Music Teachers Association, earning her National Certification two years after joining. During her time with OhioMTA, she has volunteered in many capacities, by chairing Certification for two years, co-chairing the Scale Olympics and working at every Pianorama and Scale Olympics during her membership. She currently chairs Grants for Professional Development, a position she’s held for the last four years.

Annette earned a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Youngstown State University, Dana School of Music in 1986. In 1987 she studied Arts Administration for four months at The City University in London, England. In 1988, she received her Master of Fine Arts degree in Performing Arts Management from Brooklyn College, City University of New York. Her career in arts management included General Manager of Amateur Chamber Music Players (an affiliate of Chamber Music America), working in the finance department of London Mozart Players, assistant to the General Manager of the Gregg Smith Singers, working in the finance department of the Cunningham Dance Foundation and working in the marketing department of Carnegie Hall.

One of Annette’s most memorable and rewarding projects included producing and hosting a thirty minute radio program on the history of Amateur Chamber Music Players. It was distributed and aired on many National Public Radio stations throughout the United States.

 Annette has been married to her husband, Michael, for twenty-seven years. Together they have three daughters who have studied violin and/or piano extensively. As a family, they strive to do their best in supporting the music and arts community.

"State Application for Certified Teacher of the Year: 

District Certification Chairs and District Nominees please click on the button below"

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


For complete details on how to become certified or to seek out a Nationally Certified Teacher, please select NCTM