Keyboard Pedagogy

We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised with Cedarville’s piano pedagogy program.

First, as a piano pedagogy major, you’ll not only be equipped to teach advanced students, you will be an advanced pianist yourself. Many of our students double-major in performance and piano pedagogy, and the audition is the same for both majors.

Next, you’ll be teaching the piano long before you graduate from the piano pedagogy program. Apprenticeship is the key to our approach and to your success. You’ll teach under the wing of a master teacher, learning how to diagnose a student’s needs and how to match your teaching to his or her style. This master-and-apprenticeship approach makes our piano pedagogy program unique. And it's faithful to the principle of 2 Timothy 2:2, “And the things you have heard from me ... commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”

As a graduate of the piano pedagogy program at Cedarville, you will be able to:

  • Teach all levels of students
  • Utilize business practices and organizational procedures necessary to establish a professional piano studio
  • Identify criteria essential for professional piano teaching
  • Communicate effectively in one-on-one teaching
  • Diagnose and correct technical problems in students
  • Evaluate student progress by using educational goals and careful record keeping
  • Apply practical criteria to evaluate methods books
  • Incorporate current audio-visual, electronic keyboard, and computer technology in the piano studio setting
  • Implement group instruction methods in teaching
  • Cope with performance anxiety and avoid physical injury
  • Teach students according to their learning style