ORMTA STANDARDS OF PRACTICE
ONTARIO REGISTERED MUSIC TEACHERS ASSOCIATION
STANDARDS OF PRACTICE – JULY 2017
The principles and aspirations found in the Standards of Practice are not conditions of membership, but are goals and ideals that each ORMTA member should strive to make an essential part of his or her professional commitment to students, to colleagues and to society. The standards provide a framework of principles that describes the knowledge skills and values inherent to ORMTA members. These standards convey a collective vision of professionalism that guides daily practice of ORMTA members.
The Purposes of the Standards of Practice for ORMTA members are:
1. to inspire a shared vision for the art of music teaching
2. to identify the values, knowledge and skills that are distinctive to ORMTA members
3. to guide the professional judgement and actions of ORMTA members
4. to promote a strong and effective music teaching profession
The Standards of Practice for ORMTA members are:
1. Commitment to students and student learning.
Members treat students with respect and are sensitive to factors that influence individual student learning. ORMTA members respect the personal integrity and privacy of students unless the law requires disclosure. Studio expectations are to be clearly communicated to students. The musical potential of each student is to be developed, guided and encouraged.
2. Professional Knowledge
ORMTA members strive to be current and progressive in their professional knowledge, reflecting on student development, learning theory, pedagogy, methods of study and curriculum with the object of improving the profession’s prestige and status in the community.
3. Professional Practice
ORMTA members apply professional knowledge and experience to promote student learning and take steps to refine their professional practice through ongoing professional development, dialogue and reflection.
4. Commitment to Colleagues
ORMTA members maintain a professional attitude and act with integrity with regard to colleagues in the profession. This includes dealing with sensitive information about colleagues and the process of communication during the transfer of students, being aware of the rights of privacy and freedom of information.
5. Commitment to Society
ORMTA members maintain the highest standard of professional conduct and personal integrity by not misrepresenting his/her own professional standing or advertise in a misleading manner. A Branch and its members avoid expressing views or opinions in such a way as to imply endorsement by the ORMTA. Such endorsement must be officially applied for and received from Provincial Council.
ORMTA members do not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, religion, colour, or sexual orientation.