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Cedarville University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

Annual Piano Pedagogy Conference

A highlight every year is our annual piano pedagogy seminar, where you'll sit under the teaching of nationally acclaimed artists who visit campus. 

September 22, 2018 -- Dr. Gayle Kowalchyk

We will be welcoming Dr. Gayle Kowalchyk for the 2018 annual pedagogy conference. Dr. Kowalchyk teaches class piano, piano, piano pedagogy, and coordinates the BA piano program at California State University, Northridge. She was Senior Keyboard Editor for Alfred Music from 1988-2017. She was formerly on the faculty of Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, where she coordinated the class piano program, directed the piano preparatory program, and taught piano pedagogy. She has taught piano pedagogy and class piano at Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee, and the University of Oklahoma, Norman, and beginning piano and piano ensemble classes at the Interlochen Arts Camp. Dr. Kowalchyk has presented sessions for national conventions of the Music Teachers National Association and the Music Educators National Conference, as well as for the National Group Piano Symposium, the National Piano Teachers Institute, the International Pedagogy Workshops, the National Conference on Piano Pedagogy and the World Piano Pedagogy Conference. With her husband, Dr. E. L. Lancaster they have co-authored more than 300 educational piano books.

The workshop schedule is as follows:

8:30 Registration
9:00 Part One: Technique for Life: 10 Technical Skills for Creating a Lifetime of Music Making
10:15 Refreshment Break
10:45 Part Two: Chicken Nuggets for the Piano Teacher's Soul: Piano Teaching Solutions from the Trenches

Participation Fee is $10. Please send your check payable to Cedarville University by September 15, and send to: Connie Anderson, Music & Worship Dept., Cedarville University, 251 N. Main Street, Cedarville, OH 45314. You may also pay at the door.

Past Presenters

Here is a list of the accomplished presenters we've hosted:

  • Donald and Delayna Beattie — Director of Piano Pedagogy at Southern Illinois University; founder and director of the Beethoven Society for Pianists; independent piano teachers; founders and director of Piano Wizard Academy
  • Marvin Blickenstaff — President of the Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy; teacher at The New School for Music Study
  • Melody Bober — Composer; independent piano teacher; clinician
  • Marla Butke — Dalcroze specialist
  • Brenda Dillon — RMM presenter; author, Piano Fun for Adult Beginners
  • Randall Faber — co-author, Piano Adventures; founder of the Faber Piano Institute in Ann Arbor, Michigan; independent piano teacher
  • Christopher and Katie Fisher — Fisher Piano Duo; Chris serves as Chair of the Keyboard Division and Coordinator of Group Piano Studies; Katie is co-author of Piano Safari Method
  • David Frego — Dalcroze Eurhythmics specialist
  • Maurice Hinson — Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; one of America's most respected authorities on piano literature
  • Sam Holland — Professor and Director of the Division of Music at the Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University; Executive Director of the Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy
  • Julie Knerr — Co-author of Piano Safari Method; Independent piano teacher
  • E. L. Lancaster — Senior Vice-President and keyboard Editor-in Chief, Alfred Music Company; co-author Alfred Premier Method
  • Jackson and Benita Leung — Wright State University; piano duo
  • Jane Magrath — University of Oklahoma; author of The Pianist’s Guide to Standard Teaching and Performance Literature
  • Melinda Murphy — Alexander Technique specialist
  • Scott Price — Professor of piano and piano pedagogy and coordinator of piano pedagogy at the University of South Carolina School of Music, President of the Board of Trustees of the Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy
  • Eugene and Elizabeth Pridonoff — Duo pianists and former professors at The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
  • Scott McBride Smith — MTNA President; Professor of Piano Pedagogy at the University of Kansas; CEO of the International Institute for Young Musicians
  • Nelita True — Former head of the piano department of the Eastman School of Music; lecturer and workshop clinician for pianists and teachers; performer
  • Robert and Karen Vandall — Independent Teachers and Composers