Piano Pedagogy
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Butler Community College
Pat Anderson
Humanities/Fine Arts Division
Fall 1997
Course Outline

MU250. Piano Pedagogy. 2 hours credit. Prerequisite: Instructors approval. The art and science of teaching piano with helps for setting up a private studio and conducting the business of teaching. Includes a survey of elementary method books and teaching materials with an emphasis on the analysis of the need of the individual and procedures for selecting the proper material to meet this need.

How to Teach Piano Successfully. James Bastien. General Words and Music Co., Neil A. Kjos, Jr., Publishers. Third Edition, 1988.
Piano Teaching Materials. Miller-Wallingford-Hume, Wichita, KS. Kinkos Press, 5th Edition, 1986.

At the end of this course the student should be able to:

  1. give training and instruction in areas concerning the independent piano teacher.
  2. acquaint the teacher with elementary materials available and how to evaluate these materials for their student's individual needs.
  3. offer guidelines for setting up a private studio.
  4. promote better ideals and standards for the independent teacher.
Unit I. Method Books
  1. examination and evaluation of method books and materials.
Unit II. Studio Needs
  1. investigate finances
  2. introduce physical lay-out
  3. illustrate record keeping
  4. deduce structuring lessons
  5. suggestions on purchasing music
Unit III. The Student
  1. build on young beginners
  2. compare leisure aged
  3. analyze special education children needs
  4. suggestions on recitals
  5. explain theory
  6. contrast group lessons versus private lessons
Unit IV. Teaching Psychology
  1. problems arising from age of student
  2. concentration and learning abilities
  3. dealing with parents
Students with impaired sensory, manual or speaking skills are encouraged and have the responsibility to contact their instructor, in a timely fashion, regarding reasonable accommodation needs.


  1. Two hours weekly
  2. Instructor's lectures
  3. Guest lectures (master teacher, piano technician, and video tapes)
  4. Demonstrations (how to teach theory and ear training by computer)
  5. Analyzing and giving reports on examination of materials
  6. Analysis of individual student needs
  7. Student presentation of projects listed below
  8. Discussion concerning professional organizations
Telecourses: Independent study of audio/video materials augmented by text and study guide; collaboration and participation with class members and faculty via available means. Faculty role is facilitator of learning experiences.


  1. Card catalogue on methods and materials, with evaluations
  2. Observations and reports on master teachers
  3. Brochure on teacher qualifications, teaching hours and costs
  4. Formulate teacher policies
  5. Essay on "Why I want to Teach"
Based on projects, final exam, and class participation.