Skip to main content

Piano class

Piano Pedagogy

Master of Music

Excellent piano pedagogy education rooted in theory, technique and artistry

Overview

God has woven the beautiful gift of music into the fabric of humanity—it’s part of being made in His image. For Christians, music takes on even more importance since it is one of the ways we communicate the beauty of God’s majesty and holiness as we worship Him and exhort one another.

At BJU you will go beyond an excellent education in the musical arts and teaching. You’ll grow in your knowledge of the God Who made you—the One Who created music for His glory. And more than that, you’ll deepen your relationship with Him and learn to imitate the God Who rejoices over His people with singing.

photo of a student teaching

Program

BJU’s master of music program in piano pedagogy gives you the skills to be a professional piano teacher. You’ll learn pedagogical philosophy, build a broad repertoire, and understand current and historical approaches to technique.

You’ll also learn how to critique and articulate pedagogical methods in a scholarly fashion through courses that focus on current trends in piano pedagogy and piano teaching.

You’ll choose from courses that focus on specific periods of music history, such as Classical or Romantic eras. In each of these courses you’ll explore the historical development and associated styles of the period’s literature.

Entrance Requirements

All students studying in the Division of Graduate Studies in the School of Fine Arts and Communication are required to audition. This audition is used to evaluate your background and determine your potential as a graduate student.

All graduate students in the Division of Music must take the music theory placement test to determine if you’ll need to register for a music theory review course (graduate credit not available for this course).

Faculty

BJU’s piano pedagogy faculty bring 30-40 years’ experience in the field to their classrooms and studios, as well as their education from PhD and MEd programs at leading universities.

They’ve contributed to the piano pedagogy field in many ways, including producing published arrangements and creating a leading piano textbook.

And each faculty member makes sure your learning is personalized, so you can grow to your fullest potential as a piano teacher.

View Faculty

Learning Experiences

Ensembles/Music Groups

There are more than 20 groups you can get involved in, ranging from a number of larger choirs to smaller instrumental ensembles. These groups will give you experience as one part of a whole, so you’ll be better prepared to lead others in similar situations.

Class Observation

Learn from university professors and precollege instructors through observation. After observing, you’ll put to use what you’ve learned as you teach in elementary groups and private lessons.

Piano/MIDI Lab

The piano lab contains several Yamaha Clavinovas that give you additional tonal flexibilities. Each Clavinova comes equipped with MIDI ports so you can easily compose, record and share files with the help of computer software.

Gustafson Fine Arts Center Music Library

Available for your use are more than:

  • 15,000 bound scores
  • 5,500 chamber and choral music pieces
  • 7,200 biographies and books on music
  • 7,100 LP recordings
  • 8,220 musical CDs
  • 850 musical DVDs

In addition, you have online music resources such as Music Index Online, IPA Source, and JSTOR Music Collection.

Recitals

An important part of the piano pedagogy program is the recitals. You’ll present two 50-minute recitals—one chamber and one solo. You’ll learn how to choose pieces, put together a program, and coordinate with others as you get ready for each recital. And more than that, the recitals provide excellent motivation to sharpen your technical skills and give you practice performing for an audience.

Practice Studios

Practice studios, each equipped with an upright piano or a grand piano, are available for your use across campus (including in a few residence halls). These studios are in addition to faculty members’ studios, which come equipped with grand pianos. If you’re focusing on organ performance, you can practice and perform on a number of fine instruments that are scattered across campus.

Career Support

BJU offers students a variety of ways to network with employers and organizations. A multitude of job opportunities are posted each year on Career Central, our online job board. In addition, more than 60 businesses and 150 Christian schools/mission boards/Christian organizations come on campus to recruit students through on-campus interviews and job/ministry fairs.

Career Services also helps students by holding seminars on resume preparation and interview techniques.

View Gainful Employment data for this program.


Courses/Objectives

Program Objectives

Each student will:

  • Teach authoritatively in a manner that reflects a highly skilled synthesis of pedagogical knowledge and piano literature.
  • Perform ensemble and solo public recitals that apply mature musical interpretation and piano skills that reflect advanced training.
  • Synthesize theory, literature and history in critical performance interpretation and articulate this synthesis on an advanced, scholarly level.

What’s my next step?