Teaching piano is a rewarding career. Mount Royal and The Royal Conservatory's joint Piano Pedagogy Program is one of a kind program in Canada that trains pianists to become insightful, knowledgeable and successful teachers.
By the end of the course, pedagogy students will have acquired and developed the following skills:
- Ability to teach piano to students at the elementary piano level
- Ability to develop a comprehensive piano curriculum that supports the development of technique, musicianship, theory, repertoire, artistry and creative learning
- Familiarity with a variety of teaching methods, musical styles, repertoire, educational resources and technology
- Performing experience
- Arts, business and entrepreneurial management
- Presentation skills
The joint program has three integrated streams of learning: online, classroom and practicum.
1. Online Piano Teacher Course
The online course provides pedagogy students with deep insight into physical approaches, musicianship, repertoire and artistry. You'll first learn from videos that feature a variety of leading pedagogues and articles by subject matter experts, and demonstrate an understanding o key concepts through weekly assignments and participation in a discussion forum with colleagues.
2. Classroom Learning
Learn from piano pedagogy experts who will make the learning experience engaging, interesting and enjoyable. Pedagogy students will engage in the broadest exposure not only to piano pedagogy but also to faculty and fellow classmates. Examine teaching philosophies, objectives and strategies of elementary piano teaching. Explore a wide array of repertoire for the elementary piano student and discuss the use of technology with teaching.
3. Practical Teaching
Pedagogy students will participate in innovative practicums with mentor teachers to acquire and develop competency for private piano teaching. Practical teaching experience will include observations, supervised teaching, curriculum planning, personal reflection and feedback from the mentor teacher.