MUS 6528 – Graduate Piano Pedagogy II

Spring 2017

Dr. Michael Rushing

Aven 203


Prerequisite:  Graduate standing with instructor’s approval

Credit hours:  2

Location:  Aven 208

Day/Time:  M/W 1:00-2:50

Required Materials        


This course is designed to meet the requirements of the Master of Music Degree in Piano Pedagogy and the Master of Music in Performance.


(from the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy 2004 Task Force on Pedagogy Curricula) – By the end of this course, students will gain

  1. The ability to teach effectively intermediate and advanced skills of making music at the piano
  2. The ability to demonstrate acuity in assessment and diagnostic skills.
  3. The ability to use current keyboard technology and resources effectively to enhance learning in studio, piano lab, or practice room.
  4. The ability to cultivate professional associations and an awareness of resources for continuing education (publications, professional organizations, workshops, conferences, syllabi testing procedures, adjudication).
  5. Familiarity with intermediate and advanced technical studies, repertoire, and other educational materials.
  6. Familiarity with and expressive performance of intermediate and advanced works.
  7. Familiarity with and in-depth analysis of selected current adult methods and supplementary materials.
  8. Age-appropriate communication skills.
  9. An awareness of issues pertinent to developing and maintaining a professional independent studio.
  10. Observation skills in analyzing advanced and college group piano student characteristics, lesson content, teacher behaviors, and student interaction.


“Mississippi College students are expected to be scrupulously honest.  Dishonesty, such as cheating or plagiarism or furnishing false information, including forgery, alteration or misuse of College documents, records or identification, will be regarded as a serious offense subject to severe penalty, including, but not limited to, loss of credit and possible dismissal” (MC General Bulletin).  See MC Policy 2.19 for official policy.


  1. Lecture
  2. Reading assignments
  3. Group and individual projects
  4. Teaching assignments


  1. Attending all classes/lectures
  2. Reading and discussion of all assignments
  3. Completing all group and individual projects


Discussion of reading assignments, discussion of lectures, and group and individual projects will be graded. Performance quizzes will be administered in which the student is expected to perform assigned literature at a high musical level.


Class attendance is an essential part of university education, and students are expected to attend regularly and punctually all classes and laboratories for which they are registered. Cumulative absences may result in a lowered grade or loss of credit for the course. Tardiness is also subject to penalty, as is any failure to complete required class work on time.


Graduate students should read the Graduate Orientation Manual in its entirety. This is an important part of the orientation for graduate students. Please get your hard copy from your department or from the Graduate Office in Nelson 202. You may also view the manual on the web at this address: