By Rebecca Grooms Johnson, NCTM
T he National Certification commis-
sioners are pleased to present The
New Face of Certification. Based on
When the Teacher Profile has been
evaluated and passed, you are certified!
Here is a brief overview of the
sonatina). The second 15-minute les-
son segment should feature continued
work on the Allegretto. The third 15-
the previous excellent work, this is the projects: minute segment should include the
next logical step in the evolution of Project 1: Write your teaching same student polishing and finishing
the certification process. One of the philosophy. the Allegretto. In addition:
outstanding features of this new face Project 2: Analyze four teaching A.Video record yourself playing 5 to
is its streamlined simplicity. The new pieces. These pieces will be available 10 minutes of pieces that are listed
process has dramatically reduced the to you after your registration and you as a Level 7 or above in The Pianist’s
steps you must take to be certified, will give: Guide to Standard Teaching and
while offering excellent self-study for A. The historical background of the era Performance Literature by Jane
new and experienced teachers alike. and composer of each piece, as well Magrath (Alfred Publishing). These
The new certification process is as how the characteristics of that pieces do not have to be memo-
simply: era affect how each piece should be rized.
• Fill out a brief application form and stylistically interpreted. B. You will need to submit some writ-
send it in with the required fee B. A theory analysis of various aspects ten supporting materials:
• Complete and submit the five proj- of each piece, including chords, i. For each recorded lesson, list the
ects in the new Teacher Profile keys and so on. This will be a multi- books and materials you used.
ple choice test. ii. For each recorded lesson, write a
C. An identification of an anticipated self-evaluation of your teaching.
rhythmic problem in one of the iii.Discuss this student’s learning