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Meet Diane Swain, NCTM

Since 2013, I have had the privilege of teaching piano to students ranging from 5 to 70 years old in the Friendswood area with in person lessons, via Zoom/GoogleDuo, and at Bay Area Homeschool Academy.  I am a member of the Music Teachers National Association, the Texas Music Teachers Association, the Pearland Music Teachers Association, and the San Jacinto National Federation of Music Clubs.  I've been playing the piano since I was in 4th grade. I currently volunteer as pianist at Providence Baptist Church in Pasadena.

The initials "NCTM" which I put at the end of my signature stand for "Nationally Certified Teacher of Music". From their website,  "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. Upon fulfillment of these standards, applicants are granted the MTNA Professional Certification credential with the designation, Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM)."

And, yes, as a secondary area, I also teach math. Here's the story: In 2018, I offered to teach Saxon Algebra I to one of my piano homeschooled students, and ended up also teaching  Saxon Math 7/6 to a sibling. I learned a lot that year, but all in all loved it. The following year I was asked to teach Algebra I to a student using Mathusee. Though Saxon is a wonderful curriculum, Mathusee is a much better tool for me -- because it makes sense to me. So fast-forward to today, where I teach Pre-Algebra through Pre-Calculus one-on-one or very small classes, and I exclusively use Mathusee material.  Music and math really do go together!!

And beginning with the 2021-2022 school year, Amy Johnson and I are teaching the newly formed BAHA Choir program.