The piano pedagogy minor is for students who do not want to major in music, but would still like to study how to inspire students to love music while impacting their lives for God.
Pedagogy minors take 22 credits of courses. In addition to taking standard music courses such as Harmony 1, Basic Music Literature and Aural Skills, pedagogy students also take Pedagogy 1 and 2, Early Childhood Music and Movement, Hymnplaying, and a Practicum.
Minors also gain two years of practical experience by being paid to teach in the piano prep school. While teaching in the prep school, students not only have the practical experience of teaching private lessons to various levels of students, they also learn how to successfully teach early childhood music and movement classes, coach piano ensembles, teach theory classes, prepare students for recitals and competitions, and plan special events.
The pedagogy courses help students develop their critical thinking skills and apply music education research to teaching. Students learn to evaluate a wide array of pedagogical philosophies and methods as well as intelligently propose solutions for the current issues in the field. Additionally, Maranatha’s pedagogy program challenges the status quo by specializing in successfully teaching piano to beginners from an innovative sound before sight approach.
For more information, please be sure to also check out the catalog, the prospective musicians section, the music handbook, and the performing groups.
Piano Pedagogy Options at Maranatha:
- Music Major: Piano Pedagogy
- Music Education Major General Certification: Piano Pedagogy
- Music Minor: Piano Pedagogy
- Music Concentration: Piano Pedagogy
- Music Certificate: Piano Pedagogy (through the piano prep school)