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The Master Of Music, Piano Pedagogy is designed for those who can demonstrate appropriate performing ability and possess an appropriate undergraduate degree. Applicants without a degree in piano can be admitted to the piano pedagogy program only if they demonstrate equivalent background in piano and if no more than twelve credits of remediation would be required.

All degree requirements must be completed within six years. A single one-year extension may be granted for cause.

Learning Outcomes

• Perform in a musically expressive manner and demonstrate the proper characteristics involved in, and related to, musical production.
• Demonstrate familiarity with musical literature and stylistic characteristics (NASM, PDE).
• Develop information literacy by displaying critical thinking and listening skills through written critiques of performances concerning artistic expression, performance practice, selection of repertoire, conducting technique, and supportive notes for recitals (NASM, PDE).
• Work in collaboration with other musicians, using proper rehearsal and performance techniques with accompanists and/or instrumental and choral ensembles, and demonstrate conducting skills.
• Be prepared for future career opportunities.


Core modules:

• Music history (MHL) course 1
• Music theory (MTC) course 2
• PIA 578 Piano Pedagogy Private Lesson
• PIA 579 Piano Pedagogy Private Lesson (Including Recital)
• PIA 588 Advanced Lessons
• PIA 589 Advanced Lessons
• PIA 580 Perspectives in Pedagogy IV
• PIA 581 Perspectives in Pedagogy I
• PIA 582 Perspectives in Pedagogy II
• PIA 583 Perspectives in Pedagogy III
• PIA 631 Performance Practicum

Electives (6 credits from the list) :

• PIA 623 Baroque Keyboard Literature
• PIA 624 Classical Piano Literature
• PIA 625 Romantic Piano Literature
• PIA 626 20TH Century Piano Literature

Recital component:

• PIA 695 Recital (Piano Pedagogy)

For detailed information about these modules, please visit the website:

Further Study

Graduates have gone onto further their musical education at institutions including:

• Curtis Institute of Music
• Eastman School of Music
• Indiana University,
• The Juilliard School and others.

Visit the M.M. Piano Pedagogy page on the West Chester University website for more details!




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