Minor in Private Studio Teaching

This minor provides focused study of all aspects of private studio teaching, including pedagogy, literature, technology, and financial, marketing, and business considerations. It is designed to prepare students to offer private lessons, lead ensembles, and facilitate recitals in a variety of community music program settings as well as explore and apply philosophy, music education, and attitudes essential to the successful private music studio instructor. They learn how to successfully teach, start, and grow a private music studio from initial idea and planning to ongoing management and marketing. Students choose from two tracks—instrumental or choral conducting—and choose their path accordingly. 

Entrance Requirements

There are no entrance requirements for this minor. Students must follow the regular declaration of minor procedure as outlined in the Registration Guide. This minor is managed by the Professional Music Department.

What the Program Gives You

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate pedagogical techniques related to the student/teacher private music studio experience;
  • identify and employ age-appropriate literature, methods, and materials;
  • understand how to successfully teach, start, and grow a private music studio from initial idea and planning to complete business entity; and
  • operate and effectively market and manage a private music studio.
Required Courses

Required Core Courses (three courses; 5 credits):

  • ME-111: Introduction to Music Education (1 credit)
  • PM-330: The Private Studio Teacher (2 credits)
  • PM-340: The Artist Entrepreneur (2 credits)

Conducting Courses (one course; 2 credits):

  • COND-221: Choral Conducting (2 credits) or COND-222: Instrumental Conducting (2 credits; students choosing the instrumental track in the minor are not required to take COND-221 as a prerequisite for this course)

Methods and Materials Courses (choose one course; 1 credit):

  • ME-321: Choral Methods and Materials (1 credit) or ME-431: Instrumental Methods and Materials (1 credit)

Rehearsal Techniques (choose one course; 2 credits)

  • COND-321: Choral Rehearsal Techniques (2 credits) or COND-322: Instrumental Rehearsal Techniques (2 credits)

Instrumental Track Electives (choose two courses; 2 credits)

  • ISBR-221: High Brass for Music Education Majors: Trumpet/French Horn (1 credit)
  • ISBR-231: Low Brass for Music Education Majors: Trombone/Euphonium/Tuba (1 credit)
  • ISKB-221: Keyboard Class for Music Education (1 credit)
  • ISKB-222: Keyboard Class for Music Education (1 credit)
  • ISST-221: String Class for Music Education Majors (1 credit)
  • ISWD-221: Flute/Saxophone Class for Music Educaton Majors (1 credit)
  • ISWD-222: Single Reeds for Music Education Majors: Clarinet/Saxophone (1 credit)
  • ISWD-223: Double Reeds for Music Education Majors: Oboe/Bassoon (1 credit)

Choral Conducting Track Electives (choose one or two courses; at least 2 credits):

  • ME-328: Music, the Brain, and Learning (2 credits)
  • ME-341: Teaching with a Multicultural Perspective (2 credits)
  • PM-310: Financial Management for Musicians (2 credits) 
  • PM-320: Investment Principles for the Professional Musician (2 credits)
  • ILBS-110: Electric Bass for Non-Bass Principals (1 credit)
  • ILGT-115: Guitar Performance Skills for the Non-Guitar Principal (1 credit)
  • ILPH-151: Beginning Djembe for the Non-Percussionist (1 credit)
  • ILPH-293: Afro-Caribbean Rhythms and Percussion for Nonpercussionists (1 credit)
  • ILPH-353: Native American Drumming Lab (1 credit)
  • ILPH-354: Batá Rhythms/Afro-Cuban Ceremonial Drumming Lab (1 credit)
  • ILPH-359: Brazilian Rhythms and Percussion (1 credit)
  • ILPH-371: Advanced Afro-Cuban Rhythms and Percussion (1 credit)
  • ILVC-210: Elements of Vocal Technique for Non-Voice Principals (1 credit)
  • ISKB-111: Keyboard Fundamentals (1 credit)
  • PIXX-311: Private Instruction Level 5 or Secondary (1 credit)
  • PIXX-312: Private Instruction Level 6 or Secondary (1 credit)

12 credits total for the minor

Note: students in this minor are strongly encouraged to take LSOC-211: General Psychology (3 credits) and/or LSOC-411: Child and Adolescent Psychology (3 credits) to fulfill their social science and liberal arts elective requirement.

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