School of Music
Master of Arts in Music Education (MA)
Biblical Worldview, Christian Higher Education, Faith-Learning Integration, Piano Pedagogy
Music | Music Education | Music Pedagogy | Music Theory | Other Music
Passburg, Alissa, "Introduction to Piano Pedagogy: A Bible-Based Course for Piano Teacher Training in Christian Colleges and Universities" (2017). Masters Theses. 454.
Piano pedagogy, like teacher education in any discipline, is built on the conviction that an individual can be trained to be a successful piano teacher. However, determining what specific aspects to include in the piano pedagogy classroom to foster a pre-service piano teacher’s growth and development is a point of much discussion. Oftentimes piano teacher training focuses on developing the characteristics considered essential to the role of a successful piano teacher. For Christian pre-service piano teachers and piano pedagogy professors in Christian colleges and universities, these characteristics provide a meaningful way for Biblical truth and piano pedagogy coursework to intersect. By examining relevant literature and conducting a Biblical analysis of twelve characteristics of successful piano teachers, this study attempts to provide a rationale for one example for approaching faith-learning integration in the piano pedagogy classroom. In order to provide current piano pedagogy professors with a practical example of this approach, a 12-week curriculum is provided for a course entitled “Introduction to Piano Pedagogy” that is based on a Biblical worldview. The course not only implements faith-learning integration, but also utilizes the most recent recommendations in music education/piano pedagogy research for effective teacher training.