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Piano Pedagogy  Master's

Study a variety of courses with comprehensive experience in individual and group piano instruction.


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.

Application Deadlines

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

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What are the requirements to apply for Piano Pedagogy at WVU?

University Requirements

To be eligible for admission into a graduate program at WVU an applicant must submit official, bachelors degree transcripts from a regionally accredited institution and hold a GPA of at least 2.75.

WVU operates decentralized admissions. Decentralized admissions allows each graduate program to set its own application requirements in addition to the University requirements.

Program Requirements

To be eligible for admission into the Piano Pedagogy graduate program an applicant must submit the following documentation:

  • Audition
  • Résumé /CV
  • Statement of Purpose

Additional application considerations include:

  • An audition is required for admittance. Please contact the School of Music to receive further information about the audition process, including audition dates, scheduling an audition, and requirements. Please also contact the School of Music for additional application requirements, which include letters of recommendation and a repertoire list.

Applications that are incomplete or are submitted after the deadline may be reviewed if openings remain.

International Applicants must also submit the materials outlined here.

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