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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
Students playing in the orchestra

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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Alumni Spotlight

Our pedagogy graduates are using their degrees in varied and exciting venues! 

Placement Success

We’re proud of our successful graduates! 100% of 2020 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.

Dr. Lyle Anderson and Professor Connie Anderson

Family Ties: Connie and Lyle Anderson Scholarship

The new scholarship will help fund expenses for future music students pursuing programs in keyboard pedagogy or voice as primary performance disciplines.
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Mike DiCuirci, Senior Professor Emeritus of Music, had his first drink at age 12, and by high school, alcohol was a regular part of his life. A van accident as a young man woke him up, and he was set on a path toward Christ.

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Retired professor Mike DiCuirci helped shape Cedarville's nationally acclaimed music program.

Caring Well. Staying Well. Operating Plan

The 26-page comprehensive guide outlines Cedarville’s strategies and protocols for living, learning, and working in community during this academic year.

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.


Our CUinClass video project gives you the opportunity to sit in on a class, hear from our professors, and experience academics at Cedarville via in-demand video. View a class that interests you now!

Sample courses:
  • Directed Teaching IV
  • Keyboard Pedagogy II
View Curriculum Plan and Catalog