Take Performing and Teaching to the Next Level

Refine your piano technique and repertoire and develop teaching knowledge and abilities in Westminster’s piano pedagogy and performance program. This balanced program fosters the development of students who perform on a high level as soloists and as collaborators with other performing artists, as well as successful artist-teachers.

Program Highlights

  • Private music lessons - Benefit from weekly private lessons with distinguished faculty recognized for their achievements as artist-teachers
  • Teaching internship - Explore major teaching methodologies, observe lessons and participate in 2 semesters as teaching interns
  • Performance opportunities - Participate in solo or collaborative performances, in recitals. Perform with the world’s leading orchestras as a member of the Westminster Symphonic Choir.
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Program Requirements

Our 38-credit curriculum features coursework in teaching methodologies, a weekly pedagogy lab, an intensive teaching internship and culminates with a full recital or combination lecture/performance recital. 

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Become an Artist-Teacher

Our graduates find success in careers performing as soloists, collaborative artists in the United States and abroad, work as church musicians or music educators. Here are a few career options that graduates may choose to explore: solo artist, college professor, private teacher, collaborative artist, church accompanist, or choral accompanist.

I emerged from Westminster Choir College as a complete musician who could work and serve in any capacity. My experience at Westminster has given me a lifetime of opportunities and accomplishments."
Audrey Peterbark '01 '03


Piano Pedagogy & Performance (M.M.)

Ingrid Clarfield

Professor of Piano and Coordinator of the Piano Department

Omega House

clarfield [at] rider.edu

609-921-7100 x8290

Fine Arts building