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Bachelor of Music in Keyboard Pedagogy

About the B.M. in Keyboard Pedagogy Degree

Do you want to be a piano teacher professionally someday? Cedarville University’s distinctly Christian Bachelor of Music in keyboard pedagogy degree will prepare you to effectively teach the art of piano playing in a private studio. But as a Christian professional piano teacher, you will impart so much more to a student than just piano skills. You will teach a love for music, an appreciation for beauty, confidence in a public setting, mental and spiritual discipline, and a biblical worldview.

At Cedarville University, Bach’s famous phrase “Soli Deo Gloria” — for the glory of God alone — is more than a slogan. It is the mission that drives all that we do to honor the Master Creator through our creativity. Study in our music program and learn from accomplished professors who will mentor and inspire you. Master your skills in our world-class facilities. Experience the preparation you need for your career or graduate school. Cedarville music graduates serve as teachers, composers, studio musicians, and more. Pursue your passion while worshipping the Master Composer at Cedarville University.

Why Study Keyboard Pedagogy at Cedarville?

Keyboard Pedagogy Program Highlights

Varied learning styles — Introduces you to many different piano teaching method series to equip you to teach to your students’ individual learning style.

Effective teaching methods — Prepares you to teach children, university students, and adults the most effective techniques, methods, and current computer and keyboard technology.

Apprenticeship approach — Provides you guidance from a master teacher; apprenticeship is the key to our approach and to the pedagogy major’s success.

Well-rounded — Instructs you in marketing, professional networking, maintaining a private studio, and completing the National Certification process, preparing you to begin a financially secure teaching career immediately following graduation.

Selective (audition required) — You will be accepted into the music program — and be eligible for a department scholarship — based on a successful audition with music faculty.

What Can I Do With Keyboard Pedagogy?

As a graduate of this program you will be able to:

  • Adjudicate local, state, and national piano events
  • Become a professional, nationally certified, independent piano teacher
  • Excel in advanced study at prestigious graduate schools
  • Hold influential offices in nationally recognized professional organizations
  • Own and operate a music school offering various classes and with teachers serving under your leadership
  • Teach college-level piano classes
  • Teach in music stores

Opportunities to Learn Outside the Classroom

While a student, you will be able to:

  • Adjudicate National Federation of Music Clubs Festivals and other competitions
  • Participate in our annual piano pedagogy seminar
  • Serve as paid accompanist for local churches
  • Serve as paid accompanist for school musicals and competitions
  • Serve as paid accompanist for vocalists and instrumentalists
  • Teach and work in area music stores
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Soli Deo Gloria Music Scholarships

Cedarville University offers music scholarships of up to $6,000 per year for students majoring in music. You can combine your music scholarship with Cedarville’s other generous academic and need-based scholarships.

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Annual Pedagogy Seminar

A highlight every year is our annual piano pedagogy seminar, where you’ll sit under the teaching of nationally acclaimed artists who come to campus.

Placement Success

We’re proud of our successful graduates! 100% of 2018 graduates from the Department of Music and Worship were employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation. Check out Cedarville’s other placement rates.

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Program Faculty

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Connie Anderson, M.M.

Assistant Professor of Piano Pedagogy; Director of the Keyboard Pedagogy Program

  • Location DMC 156
  • Phone 937-766-7561
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Judy Bede, B.M.

Studio Instructor for Music and Worship; Directed Teaching for Keyboard Pedagogy

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Keyboard Pedagogy Program Curriculum

Building on your general education liberal arts and Bible minor courses, you will take a wide array of core music and program-specific courses.

Sample courses:
  • Directed Teaching IV
  • Keyboard Pedagogy II
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