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Piano Pedagogy

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Cynthia Anderson
School of Music
phone: 304-293-4489

program contact

Cynthia Anderson
School of Music
phone: 304-293-4489

Program Details

Program Description

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
- 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.

Delivery Methods Available

  • on campus

Graduate Program Application Requirements

Applicants must arrange for official copies of transcripts and test scores to be sent directly to the WVU Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment at PO Box 6510, Morgantown, WV 26506-6510. If being sent by delivery service (Federal Express, UPS, etc) requiring a street address, please use WVU Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment, 1500 One Waterfront Place, Morgantown, WV 26501. The program requirements listed below (if any) are in addition to the main WVU Graduate Application.

English Language Proficiency

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Please see Office of Admissions - English Language Proficiency for more information.

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Prospective students should apply online at:

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WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The School of Music and its programs are fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.