Piano Pedagogy

Piano Pedagogy Certification (in the Department of Music and Dance at Grand Valley State University) will enable undergraduate piano majors and area piano teachers to focus on the skills necessary for successful piano teaching. Students learn how to teach beginner, intermediate, and early–advanced students.  They learn how to teach pre-college students as well as music majors who take keyboard as their secondary instrument.  They learn how to teach correct technique, how to develop musicianship and good sight-reading skills, how to select and teach repertoire, how to practice efficiently, and how to motivate.  Students learn about the most important competitions and festivals in the state as well as in the nation. 
To gain entrance into the program, an interview with the Piano Pedagogy professor and the performance of one memorized intermediate-level piano work will take place.
This certification provides teachers with theoretical knowledge and practical experiences in accordance with state and national piano teaching guidelines.  
The piano pedagogy coursework includes guided teaching experiences.
Students completing the Piano Pedagogy Certification will have a record of this accomplishment appear on their academic transcript. Students and/or teachers will receive a certificate for their piano studio.

The Piano Pedagogy Certification is 12 credits:
7 credits in piano pedagogy, 2 credits in piano literature, and 3 elective credits.
MUS 361 Piano Pedagogy I - 3 credits – Fall, 2015
MUS 371 Piano Pedagogy II - 3 credits – Winter, 2016
MUS 379 Piano Pedagogy Masterclass  - Winter, 2017 (to be taken after MUS 361 and MUS 371) - 1 credit
MUS 310 Piano Literature  - 2 credits – Fall, 2016

Students may choose 3 credits from the following elective credits:
MUS 141 and 142 Piano lessons - 2 credits
MUS 144 and 145 Piano lessons - 4 credits
PED 166 Beginning Ballet -1 credit (credit/no credit)
MUS 126 Collaborative Piano - 1 credit
MUS 104 Chamber Music Ensembles - .5 credits
MUS 180 Performance Anxiety Class - 1 credit

Other courses of interest:  
PSY 301 Child Development - 3 credits
PSY 331 Adolescent Development  - 3 credits

This certification process can be completed within four semesters:

2013-2014, 2015-2016, etc.
Fall: Piano Pedagogy I, MUS 361
Winter: Piano Pedagogy II, MUS 371

2014-2015, 2016-2017, etc.
Fall: Piano Literature, MUS 310
Winter: Piano Pedagogy Masterclass, MUS 379

* National certification – Preparation begins in MUS 379.

A brochure for this program is available here.

Any questions regarding this program can be directed to Dr. Marlais at marlaish@gvsu.edu