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School of Music

Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy

The Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy degree challenges students to pursue leadership in the teaching profession. Significant teaching opportunities (private and group) are available through the Butler Community Arts School for graduate students who are passionate about serving the greater Indianapolis community. Our graduates are thriving studio owners, owners of academies and multi-teacher organizations, successful doctoral degree candidates, and adjunct/full-time faculty.

The piano pedagogy program at Butler University is nationally recognized for its innovative curriculum. Pedagogy classes are designed around essential teaching topics (Organization and Materials, Psychology of Teaching, Technique, Style and Interpretation) instead of general levels or types of students.  These topics are explored in-depth, with practical applications to all levels and types of students.  Within each topic, students are encouraged to explore various approaches and to assimilate in their teaching the methods that most resonate with their teaching style and future career plans. 

How to Apply

Application Deadline for fall entry: January 1 (this includes the JCA Graduate Music Supplement and Pre-Screening)
Interview/Audition Deadline for fall entry: March 1

  1. Complete Application for Graduate Admission, including*:
    • ​​A Professional Statement
    • Official transcripts
    • Resume
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • *NOTE: To submit a graduate application, you need to have previously completed a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college/university and be seeking an advanced degree.
  2. Complete the JCA Graduate Music Supplement. The supplement will appear on your application status page after submitting your Application for Graduate Admission. The supplement is required in order for your application to be considered complete.
  3. Submit Pre-Screening materials (required before invitation to interview/audition) which include: 
    • Video demonstrating your teaching abilities. Video should include you teaching two different students (total of 20 minutes in length). Submit video recording as a link to an online source (i.e. YouTube, DropBox, GoogleDrive, etc.) on the JCA Graduate Music Supplement -OR- emailed to with subject line "[FULL NAME]-Piano Ped Pre-Screen". For each child in the video, please indicate the child's age, years of piano study, and years study with you.
  4. Interview and performance audition with appropriate piano and pedagogy faculty scheduled through School of Music office at Pre-screening required BEFORE interview/audition. See performance audition requirements below.

**International applicants must take the TOEFL as well as submit additional financial documentation. See International Student Application process.

Audition Requirements
  • Prepare three important, contrasting works from different styles and periods (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Contemporary). Please consult Dr. Kate Boyd ( to discuss repertoire. All pieces should be memorized. Sight-reading will also be required.
Degree Overview
Total Credit Hours: 30 credit hours
Anticipated Duration: 2 years
Requires a final oral comprehensive exam as well as either a full recital OR three-hour pedagogy workshop

Required Courses (# credits):

  • Piano Major lessons (8)
  • Piano Pedagogy 1 (3)
  • Piano Pedagogy 2 (3)
  • Piano Teaching Practicum (1)
  • Piano Literature (3)
  • Research in Music (3)
  • Ensemble (1)
  • Music History Elective (3)
  • Music Theory Elective (3)
  • General Music Electives (2)
  • Recital -OR- Piano Pedagogy Workshop Presentation
  • Final Oral Examination

Download full degree guide

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Contact the School of Music office at or 317-940-9065.