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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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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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Susan Gray



Piano, Collaborative Piano, Rawlins Piano Trio
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Jared Ostermann

Music Lessons Adjunct


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Alessandra Feris

Associate Professor



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. 

Graduate Tuition & Costs

Learn more about tuition and fees for undergraduate students and see how your out-of-pocket costs at USD compare to those at other colleges and universities. Visit the Graduate Tuition & Costs Detailed page for program specific costs and fees.

Financial Aid

Navigating options for how to pay for college can be challenging, but you are not alone. The Office of Financial Aid will work with you and your family to explore how you can make your college education even more affordable.

Graduate Assistantships

USD offers opportunities for grad students to earn a reduced tuition rate in exchange for their teaching, research and service efforts to the university.


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