“...This is the most meaningful and informative experience I’ve ever had at Westminster.  Thank you for being a part of my musical journey...”   - Maria Nieva, 2008 student

“...Thank you for opening my eyes to possibilities in technique, great recreational performance repertoire and most of all – thank you for showing me how to guide a young composer...I will miss the Wednesday sessions....”
Beth Pendelton, 2012 student

Who is this program for?
The Westminster Professional Development Certificate Program in Piano Pedagogy is for piano teachers wishing to improve their musical skills, enhance their credentials and expand their professional development. Whether you are currently a teacher or would like to return to teaching, this program is for you.

When is the program offered?

Fall 2013:  September 16 – December 4, 2013
Spring 2014:  January 27 – April 23, 2014

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Unique Highlights:

  • Convenient semester schedule – Monday and Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Nationally renowned faculty
  • Generation of creative, new ideas
  • Stimulating peer-to-peer conversation

Classes and individual instruction are combined in the essential areas of repertoire, musicianship skills and performance. Instructors are faculty members from Westminster Choir College of Rider University and Westminster Conservatory of Music. Students can complete the certificate requirements in four semesters or work at their own pace.

2013-14 Class Schedule and Completion Options
Classes meet conveniently on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. for 11 weeks during the regular college semesters. Each day consist of three class sessions. The program is designed to be completed in four semesters. Partial semester enrollment is also possible.

Fall 2013 Classes Monday Wednesday
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Theory III Sightreading/Accompanying Skills
10:40 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. Musical Styles Overview Jazz
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.  Piano Ensembles Surveying Recreational Repertoire
Spring 2014 Classes Monday Wednesday
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Theory II Sightreading/Accompanying Skills
10:40 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. Musical Styles Overview Building Blocks for Early Keyboard Development
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.  Piano Ensembles Exploring Intermediate Repertoire and Teaching Concerns

Subject Areas
Certificate Program curriculum includes the following subject areas:

  • Theory
  • Technique
  • Musical Styles
  • Ensemble Skills
  • Teaching Methods
  • Jazz Studies
  • Repertoire for all ages up to early advanced
  • Exploring Teaching Methods and Repertoire


  • $880 per semester for Monday and Wednesday option ($1,760 total per academic year)
  • $495 for partial semester for Monday or Wednesday option: ($990 total per academic year)
  • $35 Annual Registration Fee

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