School of Music

BM in Performance - Piano Pedagogy

This degree concentration is for students who wish to prepare for a career in private piano teaching and those who wish to do graduate work in piano pedagogy. The program focuses upon the development of teaching techniques and performance skills. Specific areas of pedagogy study include: methods and materials, child development, learning theory as it pertains to music education, group and individual lesson formats, and business aspects of running a private studio. The program also includes a supervised piano teaching internship during the junior or senior year. A basic understanding of the standards and opportunities for teaching, as well as performance, leads the student to realistic expectations for a career in private piano teaching.

The minimum number of credits required for the degree is 120.

Music CORE 30 credits Credits
Music Theory and Aural Skills (16)  
     MUT 100 Music Theory and Aural Skills 1 4
     MUT 101 Music Theory and Aural Skills 2 4
     MUT 200 Music Theory and Aural Skills 3 4
     MUT 201 Music Theory and Aural Skills 4 4
Music History (12)  
     MUH 105 Multi-Cultural Perspectives of American Popular  3
      Music and Jazz  
     MUH 222 Music History Survey 1 3
     MUH 223 Music History Survey 2 3
     MUH 321 Classical and Romantic Music  
         or MUH 220 Twentieth / Twenty-first Century Music 3
Conducting (2)  
     MUS 244 Basic Conducting 2
Applied Music 27 credits  
     Private Lessons (8 semesters) 24
     MUP 390 Junior Recital 0
     MUP 490 Capstone: Senior Recital / Seminar 3
     MUS 442 Recital Class (8 semesters) 0
 Students in the piano pedagogy concentration must play a full 50
 minute recital in the senior year, including at least40 minutes of solo
 repertoire. The recital should illustrate a range of historical styles.
Ensembles 4 credits  
     University Chorale or Chamber Singers 0.5
     Any conducted ensemble 0.5
     MUS 406 Chamber music 2
     MUS 406 Chamber music or MUS 452 Accompanying 1
Additional Music Courses 30 credits  
     MUS 372 Pedagogy of the Major Instrument (Piano) 2
     MUS 373 Piano Pedagogy 2 2
     MUS 360 Advanced Keyboard Skills 1 2
     MUS 361 Advanced Keyboard Skills 2 2
     MUS 376 Class Piano Teaching 1 2
     MUS 377 Class Piano Teaching 2 2
     MUS 321 Literature of the Major Instrument (piano) 2
     MUS 322 Piano Literature 2 2
     MUS 378 Practicum in Piano Pedagogy 1 3
     MUS 379 Practicum in Piano Pedagogy 2 3
     MUT 330 Form and Analysis 3
     MUT 332 Counterpoint 3
     Applied Music–Jazz Piano 2
Additional Elective Courses 6 credits  
     Electives 6

Admission to all degree programs in music is based on the following criteria:

  1. Performance audition on the applicant's major instrument
  2. Tests of aural comprehension, rhythmic recitation, and sight singing administered individually by a member of the staff
  3. A diagnostic written test of music fundamentals, including intervals, scales, chords, and key signatures

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