Concordia University Chicago offers a non-degree program to assist current and prospective teachers of piano. Undergraduate and graduate students at Concordia may earn the Certificate in Piano Pedagogy while concurrently pursuing a music degree. The program is available equally to independent teachers who are seeking opportunities in a non-degree program to expand and update their teaching and performance skills.
The philosophy of instruction in Concordia’s Preparatory and Community Piano Program is that there is music in every child, and that all children can, through music, become more confident, creative, and happier human beings. The pedagogy program seeks to mirror that philosophy and to explore the best of traditional methods of teaching as well as the latest thinking and techniques in music education. Teaching methods follow a child development model.
Pedagogy courses focus on teaching the beginning and intermediate student. Practicum courses allow pedagogy students the opportunity of supervised teaching in Concordia’s Preparatory and Community Piano Program.
Applied piano will cover a broad range of piano literature, including pre-college teaching repertoire. These practical experiences, along with the other academic coursework, represent the spirit of the certificate program: to develop competent, successful piano teachers who in turn will enrich the lives of others with a love of music through quality performance and teaching.
General Course Information
Foundational Courses Required Before Applying for the Certificate:
MUS-2113 Music Theory I: Diatonic 3 hours
MUS-2112 Aural Skills I 2 hours
MUS-2203 Survey of Western Music 3 hours
Similar courses from other institutions may be accepted for the prerequisites. However, diagnostic exams will be given to determine the level of competency if that level is not apparent from the course description.
Certificate Requirements (15 hours)
MUS-4652 Piano Pedagogy and Literature I 2 hours
MUS-4661 Practicum in Piano Pedagogy I 1 hour
MUS-4672 Piano Pedagogy and Literature II 2 hours
MUS-4681 Practicum in Piano Pedagogy II 1 hour
MUSA-3000 or 4000 Applied Piano for Majors I or II 3 hours (3 semesters)
* There will be an initial interview/audition to determine level for MUSA-3000.
Public performance will be expected during each semester of study.
Co-enrollment in MUS-3501 Music Convocation is optional.
MUS-4643 Literature of the Piano 3 hours
Select one from the following: 3 hours
PSY-2400 Educational Psychology
PSY-4105 Developmental Psychology: Middle Childhood
PSY-4125 Child and Adolescent Psychology
For details about required courses and course descriptions, please visit our online catalog.
Our close proximity to Chicago, a world-class center for music, can enrich your educational experience through concerts, workshops and other cultural events. Parishes throughout the metro area offer diverse opportunities to participate in church music. Students also have a unique opportunity for a field experience semester with the manager of the Chicago Symphony Chorus.
CUC is highly active in the church music community, offering an annual Lectures in Church Music conference, which attracts church musicians from across the country. Seen as a resource by area churches, our students are often sought for regular and substitute church music positions, and three of our full-time faculty remain active as church musicians in local Lutheran congregations. Senior-level students have access to some graduate/undergraduate courses in our highly regarded Master of Church Music program.
Concordia-Chicago is part of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians. You can learn more about the organization on their website: ALCM.