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Piano Pedagogy: Music, M.M.

School of Music

Prepare for a private or faculty-level piano teaching career when you join our nationally distinguished piano pedagogy program with a rich history of research and teacher training.

Learn to work with all ages individually and in groups in the only comprehensive piano pedagogy program in the United States. Our mentoring faculty are committed to high standards in the balance of traditional piano teaching coupled with the latest advances in keyboard technology and instructional materials.

Program Highlights

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    Renowned Program

    Our degree is widely considered the top piano pedagogy program in America for students to become piano pedagogy faculty.

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    Distinguished School

    Since 1969, the School of Music has consistently retained the distinctive National Association of Schools of Music accreditation.

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    Supportive Community

    Foster your creative learning, skill development and personal exploration through Spark: Music Leadership at Carolina.

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    Unique Opportunities

    Work in the Carolina LifeSong Initiative, a center for keyboard instruction designed for student with disabilities.

What You’ll Study

The curriculum includes performance skills, knowledge of piano repertoire and understanding of appropriate pedagogies. Learning is enriched with intern teaching for students and adults in a variety of settings. Students observe faculty and other students in instructional arenas and enjoy an abundance of resources in the Piano Pedagogy Resource Center.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Performance

    Presenting oneself creatively through a specific medium to an audience


    Exchanging information and ideas through speaking, writing or other means of expression

    Critical Thinking

    Analyzing and evaluating information to make informed decisions or judgments

  • Teaching

    Foster learning by conveying knowledge, skills and concepts to students

    Listening Skills

    Understanding what others are saying to facilitate effective communication

    Attention to Detail

    Being meticulous and thorough in all aspects of a task or project

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Learn how alumni use degrees with outcome data from Gamecock GradStats, a service of the University of South Carolina Career Center.

Potential Careers

  • Private Teacher
  • Faculty

Job Titles of Alumni

  • Music Educator
  • Professional Musician
  • Symphonette Director
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Director of Music Ministry

Workplace Settings

  • Education

Employers of Alumni

  • Richland Library
  • Musical Theatre Workshops
  • Auburn University
  • Benedict College
  • District of Columbia Public Schools
  • Fullerton Piano and Musikgarten Studio

Advanced Degrees

Advance your career or options with post-graduate education.

I decided to continue my doctoral study in piano pedagogy after finishing my master's degree at the University of South Carolina because USC has one of the best piano pedagogy programs in the country.

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Is USC Right For You?

There are many reasons we could be your ideal university. There's the award-winning academics, the globally modeled student life, and abundance of study abroad and experiential learning options. Take a closer look at what USC could mean for you.

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