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Keyboard Division: Pedagogy

Students who are Keyboard Performance degree majors may opt for a Pedagogy Emphasis program. Many students realize that a career in music often includes studio teaching, either as an independent teacher or as a faculty member of a university, junior college or magnet school. SFA’s Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance with Pedagogy Emphasis prepares student teachers through:

  • Piano Performance (The preceding link only toggles the on-screen display)

    • Piano Pedagogy (2 semesters)
    • Advanced Pedagogy (1 semester)
    • Piano Literature (2 semesters)
    • Keyboard Skills
    • Keyboard Performance Practices

    Our three courses address all aspects of teaching piano. We explore past and current methods and materials for all ages, from pre-school through senior citizens. We emphasize the many factors that influence music learning and achievement including not only intellectual, but also physical, environmental, cultural and psychological. Traditional teaching techniques are covered but with added encouragement to stimulate students’ creativity through developing improvisation and harmonization skills. In teaching the whole child we emphasize helping the child to develop life skills such as concentration, self-discipline and goal-setting as well.

    During the three semesters there is opportunity to work with today’s high technology available to keyboard teachers. We also learn the history of piano pedagogy; read interviews with great pianists and famous teachers; touch upon basic physical and psychacoustical processes, including an introduction to the ear and the brain and how they affect music perception.

    Hopefully the aspiring teachers who complete our program will give their students a means of using their piano skills for a lifetime of enjoyment, at the very least.

  • Coursework (The preceding link only toggles the on-screen display)

    Our three courses address all aspects of teaching piano. We explore past and current methods and materials for all ages, from pre-school through senior citizens. We emphasize the many factors that influence music learning and achievement including not only intellectual, but also physical, environmental, cultural and psychological. Traditional teaching techniques are covered but with added encouragement to stimulate students’ creativity through developing improvisation and harmonization skills. In teaching the whole child we emphasize helping the child to develop life skills such as concentration, self-discipline and goal-setting as well.

    During the three semesters there is opportunity to work with today’s high technology available to keyboard teachers. We also learn the history of piano pedagogy; read interviews with great pianists and famous teachers; touch upon basic physical and psychacoustical processes, including an introduction to the ear and the brain and how they affect music perception.

    Hopefully the aspiring teachers who complete our program will give their students a means of using their piano skills for a lifetime of enjoyment, at the very least.

  • Teaching Practice (The preceding link only toggles the on-screen display)

    One of the requirements for those taking the pedagogy sequence is teaching a minimum of two private applied elementary level students starting in the first semester, and continuing throughout; these applied lessons are taught in conjunction with weekly cosultations and periodic observation by the Pedagogy instructor. Most of our students teach through the SFA School of Music's Music Preparatory Division program which serves over 200 area children. After the supervised intern period connected with pedagogy study, the students may earn income for teaching students through the Preparatory Division.

    In addition to the private teaching, over the course of the three semesters the pedagogy students observe all levels of Class Piano and Functional Piano offered in the School of Music. They are required to teach one unit at each level.

    Each student is capable of teaching Class Piano in any school system or in higher education by the end of this sequence.