Piano Pedagogy Concentration

A hand pressing a piano key is shown during a graduate music "Vocal Jazz Techniques" class July 23, 2008 in Brady Educational Center (BEC).

The Master of Arts degree with a concentration in piano pedagogy features a broad range of core courses balanced by requirements specific to the piano experience. Unique to the Master of Arts in Music Education program is its emphasis on practical application in graduate study as well as cooperation among classroom, vocal, and instrumental music educators to produce superior music education in our schools and other musical settings.

The piano pedagogy concentration places emphasis on practical aspects of teaching elementary, intermediate and advanced students to develop their musicianship and technical skills.

Required music education core courses (17 credits)

GMUS 600 Introduction to Scholarship & Research Methods in Music, 3 cr.
GMUS 601 Teaching and learning, 3 cr.
GMUS 608 Foundations of Music Education, 3 cr.
GMUS 611 Perspectives in Music Theory, 3 cr.
GMUS 651 Dalcroze Musicianship, 3 cr.
GMUS 750 Musicianship & Ensemble I, 1 cr.
GMUS 890 M.A. Final Project, 1 cr.

Required piano pedagogy concentration courses (11 credits)

GMUS 571 Performance Studies - Piano (three semesters of 50-minute lessons), 3 cr.
GMUS 771 Elementary Piano Materials & Teaching Techniques, 3 cr.
GMUS 772 Intermediate Piano Materials & Teaching Techniques, 3 cr.
GMUS 800 Supervised Teaching, 2 cr.

Piano elective courses (minimum of 5 credits) 

GMUS 536 Smithsonian Folkways Certification in World Music Pedagogy, 3 cr.
GMUS 537 Latin American Music, 1 cr.
GMUS 544-xx Topics in Music Education, credits vary (advisor approval required)
GMUS 571 Advanced Performance Studies - Piano, 1 cr.
GMUS 615 Performance Practices, 3 cr.
GMUS 619 Keyboard Literature, 3 cr.
GMUS 773 Advanced Piano Pedagogy, 3 cr.
GMUS 800 Supervised Teaching (additional semester), 1 cr.
Other courses considered for elective credit (advisor approval required)

Non-course requirements

Music Diagnostic Exams
Oral Comprehensive Exam
Piano Recital