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Susanna Garcia is on the faculty of the University of Louisiana-Lafayette where she holds the Ruth Girard Endowed Professorship in Music. She has received many honors and awards for her work, having been named a UL Foundation Distinguished Professor (2001), MTNA Foundation Fellow (2012) and LMTA Teacher of the Year (2013). She has also been the rec...ipient of the University of Louisiana-Lafayette “Research Excellence Award” (2015) and the Friends of the Humanities Founder’s Award (2015). Garcia is the co-developer of eNovativePiano: Multimedia Tools for Developing Keyboard Musicianship, in use as a group piano text in colleges, universities and K-12 schools. More
Tim is a creator of enterprising, innovative ideas for music educators. Tim speaks at local and international conferences, helping teachers maximise student engagement through creativity, technology and innovation. Tim holds an MBA, BMus, DipEd and AMusA.
Pianist, scholar, and educator, Dr. Leah Claiborne, promotes diversity in the arts by championing piano music by Black composers in her performances, research, and teaching. Dr. Claiborne is the coordinator of Keyboard Studies at the University of the District of Columbia. She received her D.M.A. and M.M. degrees at the University of Michigan and h...er B.M. degree at Manhattan School of Music. More
Shalvi D’Arcangelo, music teacher, holds a B.M. in Music Education from the Crane School of Music and a M.M. in Piano Pedagogy and Performance from University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her research areas include music semiotics and musician wellness.
J. Daniel Jenkins is Associate Professor of Music Theory at the University of South Carolina. A dedicated pedagogue, he has received teaching awards from the University of South Carolina, the University of Rochester, and the Eastman School of Music.
Dr. Jani Parsons is the pianist and artistic director of Latitude 49, and a faculty member at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. She is an award-winning teacher with diverse interests in piano performance, pedagogy, chamber music, and new music.
Laura Silva, former principal musician for “El Sistema” in Venezuela, is creator and director of the Piano Ensembles Project at Mozarteum Caracas and ACMS, Ohio. She completed an M.M. in Piano Performance and Pedagogy with Dr. Christopher Fisher at Ohio University, and is published by Piano Safari.
A native of Knoxville, Tennessee, Asher Armstrong is an Instructor of Piano and Piano Literature at the University of Toronto. A performer and Cambridge-published scholar, Asher holds a M.M. from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a D.M.A. from the University of Toronto.
Diana Dumlavwalla is an Assistant Professor of Piano Pedagogy at Florida State University. Previously, Diana taught at Western University where she developed the faculty’s inaugural doctoral piano pedagogycourse. She also serves as a member of the Royal Conservatory of Music’s College of Examiners and adjudicates at local, regional and state/p...rovincial competitions. As a soloist and chamber musician, Diana has performed in North America, Europe and Australia. She has presented lecture recitals and papers at numerous conferences and her research has been featured inseveral publications. Diana was awarded the 2018 MTNA E-Journal Article of the Year. More
Cathy Smetana enjoys teaching students of all ages, creating independent musicians who can problem-solve and practice on their own, thereby equipping them for a lifetime of musical enjoyment. She loves teaching beginners, instilling in them good habits right from the beginning, as well as working with busy teenagers, helping them achieve great... results in spite of their busy schedules. She has been teaching for 20 plus years and has been at MacPhail Center for Music in Minnesota since 2000. Cathy holds a Bachelor of Music degree with an emphasis in piano performance from Goshen College and a Master of Music degree in piano performance and pedagogy from the Westminster Choir College of Rider University. More
John Ellis is Associate Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy at the University of Michigan. He has served as Chair of the Piano Department as well as Associate Dean forAdministration and Associate Dean of Productions, Programs & Partnerships. He is in demand as a recitalist, master class clinician, adjudicator and lecturer. His performanceshav...e included recitals at Indiana University, the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland, Westminster Choir College in New Jersey, the University of Hawaii, and the Universityof Iowa. He has lectured at major national and international conferences including The National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy (Chicago, IL), Music Teachers National Conference (Kansas City, MO), the Sibelius Academy and the University of Helsinki (International Conference on Musical Signification). He has recorded the piano music of African-American composer Arthur Cunningham and has published in the American Music Teacher, Acta Semiotica Fennica of the International Semiotics Institute. His narrative analysis of Kinderszenen has been widely cited by music scholars. More
Ann DuHamel, NCTM, serves as Head of Keyboard Studies at the University of Minnesota Morris. She earned a DMA from the University of Iowa, and is currently the President-Elect of the Minnesota Music Teachers Association.
Suzanne Schons, PhD, NCTM, is the music editor at The Piano Magazine. She teaches music courses at the University of St. Thomas and piano lessons at K&S Conservatory of Music in Minnesota.
Ian Holtham, PhD, is Professor and Head of Keyboard at the University of Melbourne where he leads Australia’s largest piano department. Distinguished concert pianist and highly respected pedagogue, he has released seventeen solo piano CDs and has served five terms as the Federal Chair of Australia’s largest music examinations authority. ... More
Sonnet Johnson, NCTM, earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in piano from the University of North Texas, studied in Salzburg and Vienna, and has participated in numerous European piano seminars and master classes. A former Nevada MTA President and speaker at several MTNA national conferences and European seminars, she mai...ntains an independent piano studio in Reno, Nevada. Her students have performed as soloists with several orchestras and won many honors, piano competitions, and university scholarships. More
Danny Milan is a Doctor of Musical Arts student in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Oklahoma and is an active performer, teacher, and composer. Most recently, his projects have included performing and recording compositions for flute and piano by Romanian composers.
Dr. Susan R. Osborn teaches Keyboard Skills at the Bienen School of Music of Northwestern University. In addition, she teaches private and group piano at the Northwestern Music Academy and Interlochen Arts Camp. Dr. Osborn is an active performer, adjudicator, and presenter, with a specialty in piano pedagogy and interdisciplinary studies. ... More
Hailed as “a marvelous pianist” by the New York Times, Peter Takács has established himself as a distinguished performer, teacher, and lecturer. Winner of the William Kapell International Compe- tition, he has appeared in recital, chamber music, and with orchestra, in the United States, Europe, and Asia. He has given master classes thro...ughout the world, and has been an adjudicator in many prestigious international competitions. His recording of the complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas was released on the Cambria label in July 2011. In 2015, he inaugurated a new series at Carnegie Hall entitled “Key Pianists” with three recitals featuring early, middle, and late Beethoven, to critical acclaim. More
Ratko Delorko is a versatile classical pianist, composer, educator, and writer. He teaches at the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt, Germany, and has lectured in Asia, Europe, and the United States. An expert on history and the development of the piano, he is also a touring and recording artist. For more info vi...sit www.delorko.com. More
Ingrid Jacobson Clarfield, Professor and Head of the Piano Division at Westminster Choir College, is a nationally recognized performer, clinician and author. She has written 22 books and presented workshops and master classes in more than 150 cities in 40 states across North America. She received the 2012 MTNA Teacher of the Year Award..., 2015 NCKP Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2017 Al Rinaldi Steinway Award. More