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Piano Pedagogy, MM

Our Master of Music degree in Piano Pedagogy offers a variety of courses and comprehensive experience in individual and group piano instruction.

In this program, you'll receive advanced training that prepares you to teach piano successfully in an independent studio, community music program or college. 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

Your Degree Plan


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

As an MM Piano Pedagogy student, you will gain:

  • Advanced competencies in pedagogy specific to the study of piano and its repertory.
  • Knowledge and skills in one or more fields of music outside the major such as history and literature, theory and analysis, musicology and ethnomusicology, and recording and studio techniques.

Take advantage of special options related to this major:

  • Honors

    Expand your curiosity — and enhance your curriculum — through the WVU Honors College. Two programs are offered: Honors Foundations for first- and second-year students and Honors EXCEL for third- and fourth-year students.

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Program Facility - Creative Arts Center

Canady Creative Arts Center

The Loulie, Valerie and William Canady Creative Arts center boasts 4 exhibition spaces, 5 performance spaces, 33 individual practice rooms and 50 classrooms and studios with plenty of space to create. The loading dock at the rear of the building is a wonderful open-air space with stunning acoustics.

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Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission into a graduate program at WVU an applicant must submit official, bachelor's 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.

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