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Piano Pedagogy

Advance your keyboard skills without seeking a master's degree in piano.

Advance Your Keyboard Skills

This flexible certificate is available to piano teachers working in the field who have developed their own piano studio or who wish to start a piano studio and desire additional advanced training. These individuals are often working on certification for the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), a national organization that seeks to promote and uphold professional standards for music teachers. 

Degrees & Offerings

Piano Pedagogy

  Vermillion Main Campus

In addition to providing exceptional teacher training, the graduate certificate in piano pedagogy helps develops the skills necessary for working with elementary to advanced piano students. It will prepare you for the MTNA certification application process.

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Graduate Admissions

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Each program has unique application requirements and deadlines. Be sure and consult the graduate catalog for detailed program information. It will ensure your application and materials are complete and submitted on time. To learn more about the application process, visit how to apply.

Known for Excellence

With qualities like small class sizes, specialized programs and incredible student opportunities, USD is not your typical university. What makes us unique is what makes your education exceptional.

Departments & Facilities

Explore the departments, facilities and centers that contribute to your education in music.
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Develop the skills necessary to be successful in your musical career while gaining lifelong friends and mentors. Whether you are interested in teaching, music performance or music history — or some combination of the three — the Department of Music will provide you with real-world experiences and connections to help you succeed.

Faculty & Staff

Get to know your professors in the Department of Music. Our faculty are experts in their field, contributing research and scholarship in vocal and instrumental music. 
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David Holdhusen

Chair, Music Dept
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Laurie Brown

Senior Secretary
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Timothy Campbell

Associate Professor
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Todd Cranson

Assistant Professor of Music
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Alessandra Feris

Assistant Professor
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Ioana Galu

Assistant Professor
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Susan Gray

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Sonja Kraus

Assistant Professor
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Amy Laursen

Assistant Professor
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John LaCognata

Assistant Professor of Music
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Paul Lombardi

Associate Professor
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David Sanderson

Assistant Professor of Music
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Luis Viquez

Assistant Professor
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Darin Wadley

Associate Professor
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Visiting Artists Program

The Department of Music hosts guest artists from around the world each year. These artists provide concert performances and our students get the opportunity to work directly with them in master classes.

Surprisingly Affordable

Whether you’ve recently completed your undergraduate degree, or you want to kick your career up a notch, graduate school is the next logical step. The good news is there is funding for both online and on-campus students to get you through your program. 
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Tuition (9 cr.)
Fees (9 cr.)
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More About Tuition & Fees

This is an estimate tuition rate* per credit hour and other factors such as special fees associated with your program may change the cost of tuition. Tuition rates are subject to change. 

If you are wondering about how to pay for graduate school, there are additional funding options to consider.

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