The Piano Teacher Certificate program is designed for pianists to pursue professional careers as private piano teachers. The curriculum is structured to provide instruction in piano teaching materials and techniques as well as music theory and history. In addition, students are given numerous opportunities to observe and teach children enrolled in group piano classes on campus. (Two supervised teaching sessions of children are required.) The program is aligned with beginning and intermediate requirements provided in Michigan's Student Achievement Testing and the Royal Conservatory programs.
In order to enter the Piano Teacher Certificate program, each applicant must audition to demonstrate an appropriate level of musicianship. MUSIC 121 Class Piano 1 and MUSIC 104 Basic Materials in Music Theory may help to develop the skills necessary to successfully pass the audition. Contact the Music department for further information. Applicants having successfully completed the Keys for Piano Teachers Skills Certificate are automatically eligible and coursework will transfer.
Students who satisfactorily complete the program requirements, and upon recommendation of the music faculty, qualify for a certificate of program completion.
Applied Music has an added fee.
Not all courses are offered each semester. Students should work with an academic advisor to develop a schedule that will work for them. Students planning to transfer should check the transfer institution's requirements/guides or discuss their options with an academic advisor. Number of credits may vary depending on the course selection.
Schoolcraft program code # 1YC.00115
Download the Curriculum Guide (PDF)
First Year - Fall Semester
Total Credits: 14
First Year - Winter Semester
Total Credits: 14
Program Total: 28 Credits
* These classes are offered on a rotational basis. Contact Liberal Arts office for current offerings.