MUS 5497 – Practicum in Piano Pedagogy

Fall 2013

Dr. Michael Rushing

Aven 203

Extension 3230

Prerequisite:        Acceptance into the Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy degree, or consent of instructor

Credit hours:        1

Location:        Aven 203

Day/Time:        TBA

Required Materials:        No required text

Office hours by appointment

Course Description

        Piano pedagogy interns will teach piano to pre-college students, adult hobby students, and/or college music majors and non-music majors in private and/or group settings. Students will receive weekly evaluation of teaching assignments through feedback from piano pedagogy faculty and self-evaluation of videotaped lessons.


This course is designed to meet the teaching internship requirement of the Master of Music Degree in Piano Pedagogy.  

Student Objectives

        Students will:


Academic Integrity

“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.

Outline of Topics

Methods of Instruction

Required Practices

Methods of Evaluation

Last day to drop a class

        October 31

Attendance Policy

        See page 32 of the 2011-2012 Graduate Catalog for current attendance policies.

Disability Accommodations:

        In order for a student to receive disability accommodations under Section 504 of the                 Americans with Disabilities Act, he or she must schedule an individual meeting with the Director of Student Counseling Services immediately upon recognition of their disability(if their disability is known they must come in before the semester begins or make an appointment immediately upon receipt of their syllabi for the new semester). The student must bring with them written documentation from a medical physician and/or licensed clinician that verifies their disability. If the student has received prior accommodations, they must bring written documentation of those accommodations (example Individualized Education Plan from the school system).  Documentation must be current (within 3 years).The student must meet with SCS face-to face and also         attend two (2) additional follow up meetings (one mid semester before or after midterm examinations and the last one at the end of the semester). Please note that the student         may also schedule additional meetings as needed for support through SCS as they work with their professor throughout the semester.

Note: Students must come in each semester to complete their Individualized Accommodation Plan (example: MC student completes fall semester IAP plan and even if student is a continuing student for the spring semester they must come in again to complete their spring semester IAP plan).

Student Counseling Services is located in Alumni Hall Room #4 or they may be                         contacted via email at or You may also reach them by                 phone at 601-925-7790.

Additional information

Graduate students should read the Graduate Orientation Manual in its entirety. This is an important part of the orientation process for graduate students.