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

Ohio 2017 Certified Teacher of the Year


Susan Santo Treer, NCTM, holds a bachelor of music degree (piano major, organ minor) from Cincinnati Bible College. During her college years, she spent a summer studying with Dr. Michael Haberkorn at Otterbein College.

For 28 years Susan has been involved with the Central East District and has held many officer and chairman positions. She has attended conference and workshops at the local and state levels and has studied privately with Jim Sommerville, NCTM; Lynn Singleton, NCTM; Laura Benson, NCTM; and Bradley Sowash. Her students participate in Pianorama, Out & About, District Festival, and Scale Olympics. Students also perform in Piano Guild each spring.

Susan served as organist, pianist and keyboardist at a local church for  29 years. She accompanies a local high school choir for concerts and solo and ensemble events. She recently accompanied at a vocal recital and will serve as a community choir accompanist.

Since 2012 Susan has been a music therapy volunteer at a local hospital, playing in the main lobby each week. Over the years she has volunteered with a literacy council, and has worked with foreign students as an English conversation partner. She leads a women’s Bible study group at a local church.

 Susan has been married to her husband Randy for 31 years. Their two daughters and husbands live near Westerville, and she loves to spend time with her one year old grandson. Susan enjoys biking, reading, vegetable gardening, and cardio boxing.

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.

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

Nominate your choice for OhioMTA Teacher of the Year click on the button below.

Deadline Extended until May 19, 2018

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.

Susan Treer

2017 OhioMTA Nationally Certified Teacher of the Year,