BM in Piano Performance and Pedagogy
The Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy degree is a new degree offering in fall 2022 at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. The B.M. in Piano Performance and Pedagogy degree program emphasizes high-performance standards and piano pedagogy coursework and training, setting graduates apart from those earning piano performance-only degrees and is currently the only undergraduate piano performance pedagogy degree in the surrounding region. The piano pedagogy curriculum will prepare talented pianists with a worldly, well-rounded education to teach students of all ages and abilities, allowing them to establish themselves as strong performers and teachers upon graduation.
The four-year program includes disciplined practice, weekly lesson feedback, collaborative ensemble experiences, accompanying training and coaching, and piano literature and three piano pedagogy courses that will prepare pianists to tailor their interests and strengths for a variety of careers in the field of piano. The practice, time-management skills, patience, piano repertoire knowledge, teaching experience and tenacity needed for a successful four years of piano performance and pedagogy study at UTC will serve as building blocks for musical and professional success.
Capable piano majors will have the opportunity to perform in a variety of formats on and off campus, from solo piano performances, collaborative performances, competitions, and other recital formats. Additionally, they will find unique opportunities to present research both locally and at national conferences through teacher organizations under the mentorship of a piano professor.
Piano faculty are available to discuss degree options and career paths with students and provide sample lessons to prospective students. Students and their parents are welcome to schedule a special visit on campus to experience all UTC has to offer. Please contact Dr. Lynn Worcester Jones for more information.