String Pedagogy

Upon the harp and strings

The String Pedagogy track is an excellent choice for the music major who wishes to develop a private music studio. The String Preparatory program provides a model school with excellent opportunities for studying how young people learn strings from the beginning: preschool through advanced levels. In addition to taking numerous pedagogy courses and completing a practicum, you’ll get hands-on teaching opportunities in Maranatha’s String Prep School. Opportunities of this range and breadth are not common in Christian circles, but Maranatha is committed to developing students’ string skills and abilities for God’s glory. String pedagogy majors not only learn how to teach effectively but also learn important business aspects of how to operate a private music studio. You can also pursue this major if you’re interested in teaching and preparing for a career in performance.

“I hope my students leave my classroom inspired to learn everything they can about the subject matter at hand.” – Janet Tschida, Faculty


Our faculty knows music

Dr. Rick Townsend came to Maranatha in 1996 to direct the music teacher education and instrumental music programs, and now has more than 35 years of music teaching experience.

He has taught all levels of music in public and Christian schools. This includes early childhood music and movement classes, elementary general music, keyboard, secondary band and choir, college instrumental, and adult community groups.

Read more about our Music faculty.

String pedagogy options at Maranatha

  • Music Major: String Pedagogy Track
  • Music Education General Certification Track: String Pedagogy
  • Music Minor: String Pedagogy
  • Music Concentration: String Pedagogy

Your potential career

  • Private string teacher
  • Private professional studio teacher
  • Conservatory studio teacher or administrator
  • School string instructor
  • Elementary music class instructor
  • String soloist
  • Wedding musician
  • Music publishing

Your potential schedule

Fall Spring 
Introductory Music Seminar0Harmony 12
Basic Music Literature3Primary Proficiency Lesson2
Aural Skills Foundations2Freshman Platform0
Introduction to Music Technology2Strings Repertoire0
Primary Proficiency Lesson2Keyboard Skills 1 (sec piano proficiecies)1
Funct. Piano Skills (sec piano profiencies)1or Secondary Proficiency Lessons1
or Secondary Proficiency Lessons (if needed)1Secondary Proficiency Test0
Strings Repertoire0Orchestra0.5
Orchestra0.5String Pedagogy and Literature 13
String Freshman Fieldwork0.25Old or New Testament Survey3
Old or New Testament Survey3English Composition 23
English Composition 13The Modern World3
Fall Spring 
Intermediate Aural Skills1Harmony 32
Harmony 22String Pedagogy and Literature 33
String Sophomore Student Teaching 10.5String Sophomore Student Teaching 20.5
String Sophomore Fieldwork0.25Primary Proficiency Lesson2
String Pedagogy and Literature 23Secondary Proficiency Lessons (if needed)1
Pedagogy Elective (see list)1Sophomore Platform0
Primary Proficiency Lesson2Secondary Platform Test0
Keyboard Skills 2 (sec. piano profieciens)1Strings Repertoire0
Strings Repertoire0Orchestra0.5
Orchestra0.5Christian Life and Leadership3
Baptist Heritage3Fundamentals of Public Speaking2
Math or Science Elective3Literature Elective3
Fall Spring 
Advanced Aural Skills1Music History Course2
Harmony 42Form and Analysis2
Elementary Conducting2Advanced Conducting2
Music History Course2String Junior Student Teaching 20.5
Advanced String Pedagogy2Pedagogy Elective (see list)2
String Junior Student Teaching 10.5Primary Proficiency Lesson with Junior Recital2
String Pedagogy Practicum1Strings Repertoire0
Primary Proficiency Lesson2Orchestra0.5
Strings Repertoire0Bible Doctrine 1 or 23
Bible Doctrine 1 or 23
Fall Spring 
Music History Course2Music History Course2
String Senior Student Teaching 10.5String Senior Student Teaching 20.5
Pedagogy Elective (see list)2Primary Proficiency Lesson with Strings Senior Recital2
Primary Proficiency Lesson2Harmony 20
Strings Repertoire0Orchestra0.5
Orchestra0.5Bible Elective3
Bible Elective3American Studies Elective3
Humanities Elective3Humanities Elective3
Math or Science Elective3Open Electives1.5