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Keyboard Pedagogy Major
  • Students interested in teaching keyboard instruments to individuals or groups enroll in Capital's keyboard pedagogy program. The program, which leads to a bachelor of music degree, assists students in achieving technical excellence while developing their own styles of musical expression. While at Capital students experience supervised teaching opportunities, participate in chamber music ensembles and may study jazz and contemporary piano. Within the keyboard pedagogy program students may choose one of three areas of emphasis: Piano teaching, organ teaching or church music

    Piano

    In the piano sequence, students take a series of pedagogy classes as well as special classes in music literature and business practices. They also observe and participate in both private and classroom instruction. This program gives students valuable insight into developing a private studio as a career opportunity, and also allows them to utilize their accompanying and conducting skills. In this program, organ usually is studied as a second instrument, with study of the harpsichord, synthesizer and voice also available.

    Organ

    In the organ sequence, courses include organ pedagogy, supervised student teaching experiences, transcription of organ and piano accompaniments, conducting from the console and anthem accompaniment.

    Church Music

    The emphasis in church music provides experiences in organ pedagogy, accompanying and conducting from the console, plus an additional concentration in choral methods and materials. Download a sample 4-year course plan for the church music emphasis (PDF).

    Take a closer look at Capital's Keyboard Department.