Northern’s Piano Pedagogy Certificate gives you the skills to provide proficient instruction as a piano teacher to students of all ages.

    About The Program

    Northern’s Piano Pedagogy Certificate provides music students the necessary knowledge to establish an independent piano studio or gain employment in a community music school setting. With this certificate, you will gain the skills to provide proficient instruction as a piano teacher to students of all ages and levels; utilize a variety of foremost piano methods and teaching approaches; cultivate facility in piano technique; and interact musically and professionally with teacher organizations at the local, state, and national levels.

    Contact Information

    For more information about this degree, call 605-626-2267. Or, contact NSU Admissions at 605-626-2544 or

    Marcela Faflak

    Maturita, Conservatory, Prague, Czech Republic

    Absolutorium, Academy of Musical Arts (terminal degree) Prague, Czech Republic

    A native of the Czech Republic, Dr. Marcela Faflak has taught in the music schools in Prague and at Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn. She is active as a performer, accompanist, and adjudicator in the upper Midwest. She has been a member of Northern's music faculty since 1996.
    William Wieland

    Ph.D. Northwestern University

    M.A. University of Minnesota

    B.A. Valley City State College



    Bill Wieland, a native of North Dakota, is an educator, composer and pianist. His compositions have received numerous awards and performances and he is often featured as a piano accompanist in the region. Dr. Wieland earned a bachelor of arts in composite music (piano) from Valley City State College in 1986, a master of arts in theory and composition from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities in 1988 and a doctor of music in composition from Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., in 1991. He has taught at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, De Paul University and Northwestern University.


    He began teaching music theory, piano, music…