Designated NPM Cantor Trainers

Requirements and Checklist

  1. Will pass the NPM Cantor Colleague Certificate (CCC)
    Once the applicant passes the CCC, they then continue on with the following:
  2. Provide a form from a Supervisor who has seen the candidate teach, and can attest to the applicant’s experience and effectiveness.  This supervisory person will complete a recommendation/evaluation form.  This “Supervisor” might be the Music Director or Office of Worship Director on the Diocesan level, or another person whose judgments relates to teaching and a cantor’s role.
  3. Submit a twenty-minute teaching video
  4. Demonstrate evidence of vocal ability: The vocal ability should be apparent on the teaching video; however, if the vocal ability is not the focus of the teaching, then the supervisor must attest on the Supervisory form that the candidate does indeed have the appropriate vocal skills.
  5. Prepare a five-page paper on the Psalms. The paper should include a discussion of the various types of Psalms, as well as the role of the Psalms in the context of the Mass. In addition, the paper should include a reflective component in which the applicant chooses a Sunday in the liturgical year (A, B, or C) or another specific liturgy, and discusses the personal impact of studying the Responsorial Psalm and preparing to proclaim it.

    * Recommended resource: Becoming the Psalms, by Sr. Kathleen Harmon
    * In lieu of a paper, the applicant may submit a transcript of college credit on the Psalms, Lectionary Cycle or the Psalms in the Church’s Prayer.

  6. The applicant will participate in a Skype/Facetime interview with a member of the Cantor Interest Section Steering Committee, if requested.

Once the above has been completed, submit the NPM Designated Cantor Trainer Checklist along with the completed NPM Cantor Trainer Application form.

**Interested applicants should contact Tammy Schnittgrund (Chair, NPM Cantor Interest Section) at