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Pedagogy is another aspect of music teaching that focuses more on teaching private lessons in homes, churches, or music stores, rather than in public school classrooms. There are specific certifications for some areas of pedagogy (Kindermusik for preschool music lessons, and Suzuki for strings instruction, for instance). If you are interested in this career, a B.A./B.S. in Music with a minor in business is recommended. This degree combination will teach you the musical skills to be successful, and the business skills to manage the taxes, billing, and other management aspects of running your own private studio.

Dr. Patty HalbeckDr. Patricia Halbeck, APSU Professor of Piano,  teaches studio piano, piano pedagogy, piano literature, accompanying, and class piano. She holds a Certificate from the Franz-Schubert-Institut in Baden-bei-Wien, Austria. As founder of the Austin Peay Community School of the Arts, Dr. Halbeck sustains a continuing interest in piano pedagogy and music/arts education for students of all ages and levels. She is active as a clinician, adjudicator, lecture/recitalist, accompanist, and solo pianist.

Dr. Sharon Mabry Dr. Sharon Mabry, APSU Professor of Voice has enjoyed an extensive career as a singer, author, and vocal pedagog. Her most recent recording Modern American Artsong is available from Albany Records . She also recently authored The Performing Life: A Singer’s Guide to Survival (available from Rowman and Littlefield Publishing Company. Her most recent recording, Modern American Art Song is available from Albany Records.    

Dr. Stanley YatesDr. Stanley Yates maintains dual careers as APSU’s Professor of Guitar and well-known guitarist. He has published numerous guitar arrangements, teaching materials, scholarly articles, study guides and online lessons. His most recent releases include Guitaromanie: Period guitar arrangements by Ferdinando Carulli of music by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Rossini (2014) and Concerto Spirituel: Concertos by Vidal, Doisy and Viotti (2011); and his most recent editions include Parisian Guitar Concertos by Vidal, Doisy and Viotti (2010), and the Mel Bay Modern Guitar Method (2008). His website is available at

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