Join what is considered the nation's best comprehensive piano performance program with a rich history of research and teacher training in preparation for your private or faculty-level piano teaching career.
Advance your knowledge and skills with special study and research into the art and science of piano teaching at all levels of aptitude in the only comprehensive piano pedagogy program in the United States. Expand your musical background and explore areas such as music history, music theory and research. Our mentoring faculty are committed to your success.
Our degree is widely considered the top piano pedagogy program in America for students to become piano pedagogy faculty.
Since 1969, the School of Music has consistently retained the distinctive National Association of Schools of Music accreditation.
Foster your creative learning, skill development and personal exploration through Spark: Music Leadership at Carolina.
Work in the Carolina LifeSong Initiative, a center for keyboard instruction designed for student with disabilities.
What You’ll Study
The curriculum includes doctorate-level performance skills, knowledge of piano repertoire and understanding of appropriate pedagogies. Learning is enriched with teaching students and adults in our distinguished Center for Piano Studies, group laboratories and Carolina LifeSong Initiative. Enjoy an abundance of teaching resources in the Piano Pedagogy Resource Center.
Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.
Presenting oneself creatively through a specific medium to an audience
Analyzing and evaluating information to make informed decisions or judgments
Attention to Detail
Being meticulous and thorough in all aspects of a task or project
Delivering a message or presentation to an audience effectively and persuasively
Foster learning by conveying knowledge, skills and concepts to students
Working with others to achieve a common goal or objective
Using your degree
Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.
Learn how alumni use degrees with outcome data from Gamecock GradStats, a service of the University of South Carolina Career Center.
- Private Instructor
Job Titles of Alumni
- Adjunct Faculty
- Assistant Professor of Music
- Chair of Vocal Programs
- Conductor of Philharmonia
- Piano Pedagogue
- Music Teacher
Average Alumni Salary
Five to 10 years after graduation without additional education $70,568
Employers of Alumni
- Charleston Southern University
- Nashville Songwriters Association International
- Palm Beach Symphony
- The Music Academy of North Carolina
- Northern Ohio Youth Orchestras
- Furman University