Minor in Private Studio Teaching


This minor provides focused study of all aspects of private studio teaching, including pedagogy, literature, technology, and financial, marketing, and business considerations. It is designed to prepare students to offer private lessons, lead ensembles, and facilitate recitals in a variety of community music program settings as well as explore and apply philosophy, music education, and attitudes essential to the successful private music studio instructor. They learn how to successfully teach, start, and grow a private music studio from initial idea and planning to ongoing management and marketing. Students choose from two tracks—instrumental or choral conducting—and choose their path accordingly. 

Entrance Requirements

There are no entrance requirements for this minor. Students must follow the regular declaration of minor procedure as outlined in the Registration Guide. This minor is managed by the Professional Music Department.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate pedagogical techniques related to the student/teacher private music studio experience;
  • identify and employ age-appropriate literature, methods, and materials;
  • understand how to successfully teach, start, and grow a private music studio from initial idea and planning to complete business entity; and
  • operate and effectively market and manage a private music studio.
Curriculum and Courses

Required Core Courses (three courses; 5 credits):

  • ME-111 Introduction to Music Education (1 credit)
  • PM-330 The Private Studio Teacher (2 credits)
  • PM-340 The Artist Entrepreneur (2 credits)

Conducting Courses (one course; 2 credits):

  • COND-221 Choral Conducting (2 credits) or COND-222 Instrumental Conducting (2 credits; students choosing the instrumental track in the minor are not required to take COND-221 as a prerequisite for this course)

Methods and Materials Courses (choose one course; 1 credit):

  • ME-321 Choral Methods and Materials (1 credit) or ME-431 Instrumental Methods and Materials (1 credit)

Rehearsal Techniques (choose one course; 2 credits)

  • COND-321 Choral Rehearsal Techniques (2 credits) or COND-322 Instrumental Rehearsal Techniques (2 credits)

Instrumental Track Electives (choose two courses; 2 credits)

  • ISBR-221 High Brass for Music Education Majors: Trumpet/French Horn (1 credit)
  • ISBR-231 Low Brass for Music Education Majors: Trombone/Euphonium/Tuba (1 credit)
  • ISKB-221 Keyboard Class for Music Education (1 credit)
  • ISKB-222 Keyboard Class for Music Education (1 credit)
  • ISST-221 String Class for Music Education Majors (1 credit)
  • ISWD-221 Flute/Saxophone Class for Music Educaton Majors (1 credit)
  • ISWD-222 Single Reeds for Music Education Majors: Clarinet/Saxophone (1 credit)
  • ISWD-223 Double Reeds for Music Education Majors: Oboe/Bassoon (1 credit)

Choral Conducting Track Electives (choose one or two courses; at least 2 credits):

  • ME-328 Music, the Brain, and Learning (2 credits)
  • ME-341 Teaching with a Multicultural Perspective (2 credits)
  • PM-310 Financial Management for Musicians (2 credits) 
  • PM-320 Investment Principles for the Professional Musician (2 credits)
  • ILBS-110 Electric Bass for Non-Bass Principals (1 credit)
  • ILGT-115 Guitar Performance Skills for the Non-Guitar Principal (1 credit)
  • ILPH-151 Beginning Djembe for the Non-Percussionist (1 credit)
  • ILPH-293 Afro-Caribbean Rhythms and Percussion for Nonpercussionists (1 credit)
  • ILPH-353 Native American Drumming Lab (1 credit)
  • ILPH-354 Batá Rhythms/Afro-Cuban Ceremonial Drumming Lab (1 credit)
  • ILPH-359 Brazilian Rhythms and Percussion (1 credit)
  • ILPH-371 Advanced Afro-Cuban Rhythms and Percussion (1 credit)
  • ILVC-210 Elements of Vocal Technique for Non-Voice Principals (1 credit)
  • ISKB-111 Keyboard Fundamentals (1 credit)

12 credits total for the minor

Note: students in this minor are strongly encouraged to take LSOC-211 General Psychology (3 credits) and/or LSOC-411 Child and Adolescent Psychology (3 credits) to fulfill their social science and liberal arts elective requirement.