This area of graduate focus is designed for students accepted to a performance major who wish to broaden their study to include particular emphasis attention to concurrent development of pedagogical knowledge and skills.

Performance/Pedagogy does not indicate a separate degree program; it does indicate pedagogy emphasis accomplished through elective credit within the student’s M.M. performance program. Pedagogy emphasis is currently available in the areas of guitar, piano, violin, viola, and voice. On occasion, pedagogy emphasis may be achieved for other areas (i.e. string bass) through a 2-year internship. In addition to the usual performance major requirements, the curriculum is designed to provide maximum opportunity for the student to develop his/her teaching skills through class work, observation, and practice using the combined resources of the Institute’s Conservatory and Preparatory faculties and programs. The admission process includes an audition before the major performance faculty plus an interview with members of the pedagogy faculty. Individuals approved to embark upon this study are assigned a three-person advisory committee.


Laura Parker

Laura Parker earned a Bachelor of Music degree in music education from Washburn University, as well as a Master of Music Education degree and a PhD from University of Kansas, with an emphasis on flute performance. Dr. Parker is Pi Kappa Lambda and Phi Delta Kappa, and is the past president of MCUEA.

Margaret Baroody

Margaret Baroody is the senior singing voice specialist in the voice medicine practice of Robert T. Sataloff, Karen Lyons, Brian McKinnon in Philadelphia. Widely recognized for her work with injured voices, Baroody is also a highly respected singing teacher who maintains a busy private studio.

Bai-Chi Chen

Bai-Chi Chen received her BM from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and her MM from Yale University.

Rebecca Henry

Rebecca Henry is on the faculty at the Peabody Conservatory, where she teaches violin and viola minor, violin pedagogy, and mentors students in the Masters of Performance/Pedagogy degree.

Hyun-Sook Park

Hyun-Sook Park earned the Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, under the tutelage of Ellen Mack.

Zoë Johnstone Stewart

Zoë Johnstone Stewart is an active performer and educator in the Baltimore area. As a solo artist she has performed throughout the United States, Canada, and Italy, including appearances in the Trinity Church Concert Series, with Assisi Performing Arts, and as a concerto soloist at Alice Tully Hall of Lincoln Center.

Thomas Viloteau

French guitar phenomenon Thomas Viloteau is widely considered one of the most gifted classical guitarists today. He has won first place in an impressive list of some of the world’s finest competitions such as the Guitar Foundation of America competition, the Francisco Tárrega and Andrés Segovia competitions in Spain, the Mottola competition in Italy, the Sernancelhe competition in Portugal, and the Ville d’Antony competition in France.