Pedagogy, Advocacy, and Community Engagement

PACE Curriculum

Program Requirements

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The Division of Pedagogy, Advocacy, and Community Engagement (PACE) provides students with focused and rigorous curricular and cocurricular opportunities to imagine, research, and practice how their musical work will impact communities beyond Oberlin. PACE builds upon the conservatory’s foundational music education program with an emphasis on social justice, arts advocacy, and community engagement.

PACE encompasses three areas: pedagogy, professional development, and advocacy and community engagement.


  • Piano Pedagogy includes courses, guided observation, secondary teaching experience, and a capstone project
  • String Pedagogy offers a mix of classroom lectures and regular observation, and focuses on the beginner
  • Vocal Pedagogy includes courses in secondary teaching
  • General Pedagogy incorporates courses in foundations and principles of pre-K through 12th-grade classroom instruction as well as eurythmics and conducting classes

Career and Professional Development

Advocacy and Community Engagement

  • StudiOC connected-learning courses
  • Speakers, workshops, and related classes
  • Community-based learning
  • Experiential- and applied-learning opportunities
  • Internships
  • Winter-term projects