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Piano Pedagogy

Supplement your music education with a certificate in piano pedagogy, and learn how to provide valuable teaching through piano.

Why Earn a Certificate in Piano Pedagogy?

A certificate in piano pedagogy provides an introduction to the fundamental principles of private teaching, as well as knowledge of methods, studies and solo materials. By studying piano literature and hands-on work through private lessons, you will hone your skills and prepare to teach others.

Degrees & Offerings

Piano Pedagogy

  Vermillion Main Campus

This 11-credit hour certificate requires three credit hours of pedagogy and piano literature, while students also complete eight credits of keyboard to complete the requirements.

Program Details






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 creative scholarship throughout the music field. 

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Alessandra Feris

Associate Professor


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Susan Gray



Piano, Collaborative Piano, Rawlins Piano Trio
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Jared Ostermann

Music Lessons Adjunct



Student success story

Success story Rebecca Kelley smiling.
I chose my major because of the amazing faculty and students, specifically my music theory class. Working with a group of people enthusiastic about music and exploring how it works is a dream come true. As I currently run my own piano studio, the skills I have learned in class have already paid off.

Rebecca Kelley

B.F.A. Music Performance, Piano '25
Vermillion, SD

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