The Piano Pedagogy minor offers students the opportunity to learn the basics of teaching piano. Areas addressed include business and professional issues such as setting rates, creating studio documents, setting studio policies, marketing the studio and exploring legal issues. Students will also learn to plan a well-rounded curriculum including music theory, music history, music camps, chamber music, improvisation, and technology. Other areas include learning styles, evaluation of teaching materials, method books, repertoire selection, practice skills, memorization, performance, and observation of teaching. Students in the program have the opportunity to teach students through the VCSU Community School of the Arts. Students also work on the documentation necessary for Certification through Music Teachers National Association.
This is the only undergraduate program in Piano Pedagogy in the state of North Dakota. A good portion of this program can be taken online, making it easily accessible to students from any location. The Pedagogy program at VCSU is aligned with the projects required for National Certification through Music Teachers National Association. Students completing a minor in Piano Pedagogy will be well prepared to apply for National Certification. Program champion, Beth Gigante Klingenstein, is a nationally known presenter and author in the field of piano pedagogy. Klingenstein has written two books and numerous articles in the field of pedagogy and is a frequent presenter at national and state music and technology conferences. VCSU graduate (Music Education, Piano Pedagogy) Eileen Geske, currently teaching in Verona, ND, was selected as the National Teacher of the Year by Music Teachers National Association in 2001.
Note: The piano pedagogy minor is an excellent way to expand one's global perspective and to develop a secondary area of expertise. This minor alone does not completely fulfill the requirements for a university degree. The student must also complete a major and other requirements.