We have a long and distinguished history of research and teacher training in the area
of piano pedagogy. Faculty serve as mentors to student teachers and provide varied
opportunities for them to work with children and adults both privately and in groups.
Piano faculty members are involved in the education and mentoring of student teachers
and are committed to high standards in the balance of traditional piano teaching coupled
with the latest advances in keyboard technology and instructional materials.
Pedagogy students regularly observe faculty and other students in instructional arenas
including beginning-level private and group classes, college-level group piano classes,
college-level secondary lessons and applied teaching at the undergraduate and graduate
Our faculty also conduct research in teaching very young children and children with
disabilities. The Carolina LifeSong Initiative provides music lessons and experiences to students with disabilities and is the only
program in the nation providing teacher training in this specialization through the
"Piano Pedagogy Forum," the first online piano pedagogy journal, was first housed
in the School of Music and is now available at the Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy. Published twice a year, the journal contains scholarly articles on piano performance
and pedagogy and their related subjects. The Forum is the 2008 recipient of the Frances
Clark Keyboard Pedagogy Award from the Music Teachers National Association. USC also
is home to the Piano Pedagogy Center containing the Pedagogy Library and facilities
for classes and resources for research and other projects.
Piano Pedagogy Faculty