Advanced pedagogical studies.
 Hours2.0 Credit, 2.0 Lecture, 1.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesCompletion of appropriate undergraduate pedagogy courses or equivalent.
Course Outcomes: 

File system

Develop useful and expandable file systems (paper and electronic) containing resources that meet the needs and respond to the goals of an organ teacher.

Woodwind Pedagogy

Students will demonstrate the advanced pedagogical knowledge and skills necessary to teach as a private instructor.

Brass Pedagogy

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of brass pedagogy.


By the semester's end, each student will have a thorough knowledge of string pedagogy, its history, theory, and practice.

MUS 665 - Percussion Pedagogy

To expose students to the concepts of teaching methods and approaching students from different mindsets. Students should become familiar with the available percussion method books that teach percussion to non-percussionists and apply specific methods, etudes and solos that would augment those principles to help non-percussionists in their teaching.


At the conclusion of this graduate pedagogy course students should possess the knowledge and expertise to teach students at any level, set up a studio and begin their careers as piano teachers.

Vocal Pedagogy

The student will gain deeper understanding of a topic of personal interest in vocal pedagogy by conducting a survey of literature, designing and carrying out a testing protocol, and summarizing his or her findings.


The student will have greatly improved his or her capacity to teach learners of every age and ability level.

Design pedagogical tools

Assist in the design, creation, or further development of videos,, and other educational reseources.

Class teaching tools

Learn by experience several effective means of class instruction: lecture, demonstration, discussion, master classes.

Private Teaching Studio

Each student will have gained the knowledge and skill necessary to run a successful private teaching studio.

Research Paper

Students will write an in-depth research paper based upon their research, including a thesis statement, a survey of literature, a description of the testing protocol, and discusssion of the findings, and a summary of conclusions.

Oral Presentation

Students will present the finding in their paper in an oral presentation in front of the class.


Cultivate further outside contacts by involving them in the topics of this course.

Critical thinking

Apply unbiased critical thinking in the investigation of a controversial subject.

LDS organist training

Develop, propose, and refine materials and plans for training groups of LDS organists, individual pianists (LDS and otherwise), and/or intermediate to advanced organists.

Business of teaching

Learn about the administrative matters involved in private instruction.

Performance anxiety

Explore a variety of ways to help students ease performance anxiety.


Become familiar with the on-campus and online resources that are particularly helpful to organ teachers.

Organist shortage

Understand the extent of current organist shortages, and explore ways to reach out to potential organ students.


Learn to balance the limitations of historicity in performance, the prescriptions of pedagogical formulas, and the freedoms of musical imagination in teaching.