The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music seeks to educate, engage, and energize its student body in a dynamic program that integrates classroom learning with real world performance, research, and teaching.

Our variety of undergraduate and graduate majors allows each student to find his or her niche and to develop and grow into professional performing musicians, scholars, educators and composers who are ready for a 21st century musical career.

With approximately 300 music students, the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music maintains a wonderful, diverse community for new students within the context of a medium-sized university. Students form relationships with their peers;  these friendships become professional contacts during careers in the arts. With students from Washington, D.C., around the United States and throughout the world, the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music is a place of nurturing, growth, and diversity that welcomes students to its doors.

Entrance Requirements

In addition to meeting the general requirements for admission to the music school, a student who desires to major in piano pedagogy must submit a summary of all teaching experience. All entering graduate students in the Master of Music degree program in piano pedagogy must take the Music Theory Placement Examination and the Music History Placement Examination. In addition, the student must take a placement test in functional keyboard skills. If necessary, prerequisites may be assigned by the adviser.

Partnership with the Levine School of Music

A partnership has been established between the Levine School of Music and the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music. This partnership consists of the following: 1. Internships and Observations. Selected undergraduate and/or graduate students who are registered for 595A, Internship in Teaching Piano, and who are recommended by both CUA and Levine School of Music, LSM, faculty may be able to carry out their practice teaching at LSM. Full semester/academic year practice teaching assignments may include music sampler classes or individual lessons for scholarship students. Graduate students may be able to substitute teach more advanced students on a need basis, replacing LSM faculty on shortterm leaves. Internship students will be required to do a final project related to the internship course, to be evaluated by a CUA faculty member. Opportunities for CUA students to observe teachers at the LSM are possible.

Program of Study

This degree program combines advanced training in theory and performance with the laboratory experience of teaching piano. The candidate's knowledge of the literature, techniques and theory of piano music is systemized and applied to the practical problems of both class and private teaching, at all levels.