In the Tower School, students from the Cedar Valley area receive weekly individual lessons in a variety of instruments from student teachers who qualify for teaching by satisfactorily passing requirements as follows: continuing study in teaching area; evidence of theory knowledge; proven piano proficiency; and knowledge of pedagogical teaching methods and materials. After training in teaching methods and materials, student teachers are observed in teaching and receive advice on materials and methods for each student, planning a semester curriculum and weekly lesson plans.
Acceptance: Lessons are 30 minutes weekly and are held in the Fine Arts Center at Wartburg. Lessons are offered for 12 weeks in the fall and winter semester, four weeks in the May Term, and 12 weeks in the summer. Students are accepted for instruction if they commit to a regular practice and lesson schedule, and are not currently studying privately with another teacher. Any students currently in the program have priority for registration in the next semester. Because student teachers keep accurate records on each student regarding materials and levels, it is possible for students to change teachers within the program successfully. In the case of a graduating teacher, another teacher will be assigned who will make a point of meeting the student and parent before the first teacher leaves.
Performances: Tower School students take part in a (free) Tower School Festival each semester, for which student teachers help them prepare. This serves as a measurement of progress in the semester and a report/comment sheet is given to the parent/student at that time.
Registration and Fees: Affordable lesson fees reflect that student teachers who have not finished their undergraduate degrees will be the primary instructors. Please contact the director of the Tower School for current rates. Registration forms are sent to the Director of the Tower School, and payment for lessons will be due and payable in the Wartburg College Business Office. Please send payments to: Wartburg College Tower School, Business Office, Wartburg College, 100 Wartburg Blvd, Waverly, IA, 50677.
Contact: Dr. Suzanne Torkelson, Director of the Tower School