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 credits) 
     MUT 110 Music Theory 13
     MUT 111 Sight Singing and Aural Skills 11
     MUT 112 Music Theory 23
     MUT 113 Sight Singing and Aural Skills 21
     MUT 210 Music Theory 3
     MUT 211 Sight Singing and Aural Skills 31
     MUT 212 Music Theory 43
     MUT 213 Sight Singing and Aural Skills 41
  
Music History (12 credits) 
     MUH 105 Multi-Cultural Perspectives of American Popular Music and Jazz3
     MUH 222 Music History Survey 13
     MUH 223 Music History Survey 23
     One other MUH course not listed above3
  
Conducting (2 credits) 
     MUS 244 Basic Conducting2
  
Applied Music (27 credits) 
     Private Lessons (8 semesters)24
     MUP 490 Capstone: Senior Recital / Seminar3
     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 least 40 minutes of solo repertoire. The recital should illustrate a range of historical styles.
 
Ensembles (4 credits) 
     University Chorale or Chamber Singers0.5
     Any conducted ensemble0.5
     MUS 406 Chamber music2
     MUS 406 Chamber music or MUS 452 Accompanying1
  
Additional Music Courses (30 credits) 
     MUS 372 Pedagogy of the Major Instrument (Piano)2
     MUS 373 Piano Pedagogy 22
     MUS 360 Advanced Keyboard Skills 12
     MUS 361 Advanced Keyboard Skills 22
     MUS 376 Class Piano Teaching 12
     MUS 377 Class Piano Teaching 22
     MUS 321 Literature of the Major Instrument (piano)2
     MUS 322 Piano Literature 22
     MUS 378 Practicum in Piano Pedagogy 13
     MUS 379 Practicum in Piano Pedagogy 23
     MUT 330 Form and Analysis3
     MUT 332 Counterpoint3
     Applied Music–Jazz Piano2
  
Additional Elective Courses (6 credits) 
     Electives6

Jury Information

Pedagogy concentration majors will take a progress check jury at the end of each fall semester and a level jury at the end of each spring semester. Jury level expectations are:

Level 1 - earned at the conclusion of Semester 2; Level 2 - earned at the conclusion of Semester 4; Level 3 - earned at the conclusion of Semester 6. A Level 3 must be completed prior to the presentation of a senior recital.