What is Piano Pedagogy at WVU like?
Piano Pedagogy is designed to provide advanced training to help prepare students to teach piano successfully in an independent studio, community music program or college. The program offers a variety of courses and comprehensive experience in individual and group piano instruction.
Topics covered may include:
- Teaching students of all ages
- Teaching students at beginning, intermediate and advanced levels
- Teaching in private- and group-lesson formats
- Evaluating recommended music, methods and materials
- Using technology to enhance music teaching
- Developing well-rounded curriculum for pre-college students
- Teaching students how to help their pupils develop a healthy and efficient technique as well as musical and stylistic playing
- Reviewing research on learning theory, memorization and other topics of importance to piano teachers
- Operating the independent studio as a successful business
- Special topics related to teaching college group instruction and private students
- Special topics related to teaching pre-college and advanced students
WVU offers a variety of piano pedagogy courses. The Piano Class Methods and Materials course focuses on teaching collegiate piano classes for non-keyboard music majors. Students gain valuable experience observing and teaching under supervision in collegiate piano classes.
Each graduate program sets their own terms of admission and application deadlines. Applicants can only apply for admission for the terms displayed below. Any questions regarding the application deadline should be directed to the graduate program representative.
Fall : March 1
Spring: January 1