PMEA Council for Teacher Training, Recruitment and Retention (TTRR)

The Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) State Council for Teacher Training, Recruitment, and Retention (Council TTRR) is comprised of representation from PMEA higher education members and leadership from HS Future Music Educators Honors Symposium, PCMEA, mentors, Society for Music Teacher Education, TRI-M, retired members, and the PA Department of Education Fine Arts Education Consultant. With a focus on “the life cycle of a music educator,” it serves as an advisory committee for other PMEA councils as it seeks and proposes programs or resources for the career development of pre-college, pre-service, first-year through veteran, and retired PA music teachers.

The Council TTRR three subcommittees announced the following Focus Areas and Goals for 2017-2022:

  • Training of pre-college, pre-service, in-service, and retired members in career development to support professionalism, career exploration, growth and change, and personal goal setting.
  • Recruitment of quality and engaged candidates to college music education programs.
  • Retention and engagement of urban, rural, minority, disadvantaged, and more diverse music teachers and students in the profession.

PMEA & TTRR Resources

Click here for one-page handout with summary of website links presented at 2024 PMEA Annual Conference TTRR Showcase.

Model Code of Ethics for Educators

“Motion from the PMEA TTRR Council: the PMEA State Board officially adopt the Model Code of Ethics for Educators (MCEE) as published by the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification, and furthermore, will provide professional development on the MCEE in future workshops and conference sessions.”
Passed unanimously at the Virtual Meeting of the PMEA Board on July 20, 2020


SLIDES and LINKS: Codes, Case Studies, and Conundrums PMEA Conference 4/7/22

Copy of revised PA Code of Professional Practice and Conduct

PDE Educator Ethics Law Update to the PMEA Board 7/17/23

Model Code of Ethics for Educators


Mock Interview Volunteers

Several PMEA members have indicated they are interested and available to serve as “virtual employment screeners” for interview practice workshops of music education majors. Higher Education members or PCMEA chapter advisors should contact these people directly for their help in mock “question and answer” sessions to help prepare collegiates for marketing themselves during the coming job search process. (Please email Paul Fox if you would like your name and email added to this list.)

Sample interview questions and assessment rubrics


TTRR Advisors

Feel free to contact these volunteer specialists for inquiries or additional information:


“New Realities in Teacher Training” SEADAE, PAEA, and PSBA Conference Handout (2018)

What in the World is the PMEA Council TTRR?


Superintendent Survey

Survey results sent to PA School Superintendents about the hiring practices and need for music and art teachers over the past five years:



The following resources are provided for students (and their teachers) to assist in the pre-college training and preparation of potential future music education majors.


Catalog of supplemental materials for music teacher training, recruitment, and retention:

Links to TTRR Resources


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