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Dr. Melissa Martiros

Melissa Martiros currently holds the position of Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator of Music at Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, TN where she is also serves as the Director of the CWN Community Arts Academy, a pre-college program she founded in 2015. Prior to her appointment at Martin Methodist College, she served on the faculties of Silver Lake College, the University of Wisconsin Fond du Lac, Bluffton University, the Lindeblad School of Music, and as a teaching assistant at Bowling Green State University and Interlochen Arts Camp.

A strong advocate for inclusion in the arts and a firm believer that all children should have access to a quality music education, she has devoted much of her career to developing programs for underserved youth and children with developmental delays.  An active clinician, her recent engagements have included workshops at the International Society of Music Education World Conference (ISMEA), the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy (NCKP), the Canadian Federation of Music Educators Biennial Convention (CFMTA), the College Music Society National Conference (CMS), the Music Teachers  National Association National Conference (MTNA), the Australasian Pedagogy Conference (AAPC), and the Gulf South Summit on Service-Learning and Civic Engagement through Higher Education. A portion of her doctoral dissertation entitled The Perceptions of Piano Teachers Regarding the Inclusion of Children with Disabilities in the Piano Studio was recently published in the widely read Music Teacher’s National Association E-Journal. 

Melissa is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Education degree (Ed.D) program in Higher Education Leadership and Policy at Vanderbilt University.  She earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree (DMA) in Piano Performance and Pedagogy and a Master of Science degree (MS) in Special Education from the University of Wisconsin Madison, a Master of Music (MM) degree in Piano Performance from Bowling Green State University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree (BA) in Piano Performance from Westfield State University, where she was the recipient of the Presidential Merit Scholarship and Excellence in Music Performance Award.

About OpporTUNEity

A program of the CWN Community Arts Academy at Martin Methodist College, OpporTUNEity is a co-curricular service learning project that provides underserved youth in South Central Tennessee with music lessons and mentoring from undergraduate students in a supervised, one-on-one setting. The program was founded by Melissa Martiros in 2014 and has been awarded the Boys & Girls Club Tennessee Area Council Award for Program Impact Excellence in the Arts and the Engagement Project of the Year Award at Martin Methodist College.

OpporTUNEity bridges the gap between K-12 and Higher Education by using college resources to bring musical opportunities to underserved youth in our community while simultaneously providing engaging and enriching teaching and learning experiences to our undergraduate students. As we do this, we strengthen our local community, bridge class and racial gaps in our region, and enhance the quality of students we recruit to our undergraduate music program.

Stop back often for new entries. If you have subjects that you would like to see addressed, please send a short note to the authors at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We will do our best to respond in future blog entries. Please note that the email address is for topic suggestions only. The authors cannot respond to individual email requests for advice. We will do our best to address suggestions for topics in future postings.

Thank you for reading, and we hope to see you back soon.

In addition, The National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy will include workshop offerings on teaching students with special needs. The next conference is scheduled for July 26-29, 2017 in Lombard, IL (a suburb of Chicago). Information is available at http://keyboardpedagogy.org/national-conference-info2

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Dr. Beth A. Bauer, NCTM

Dr. Beth A. Bauer received her doctorate of music education from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.  Her dissertation is titled “What is an appropriate approach to piano instruction for students with Down syndrome?”  Additional degree work includes a Master of Music from Northern Illinois University where she studied with Bill Koehler, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music where she was a student of Daniel P. Horn.  Additional pedagogy instruction occurred with Karin Edwards, Larry Rast, and Karen Taylor.  Currently, she is an instructor in pedagogy at the Wheaton College Conservatory where she teaches Introduction to Pedagogy, Studio Administration, Group Instruction, and Music to Special Learners and oversees pedagogy student teachers and music internships.  She is also the academic advisor for the pedagogy degree.  In addition to her faculty work in the Conservatory, Dr. Bauer is the founder and coordinator of Beethoven’s Buddies, a music program for students with developmental and intellectual delays, at the Community School of the Arts, Wheaton College and teaches precollege piano to beginning through advanced students in the Community School of the Arts. 

Prior to her work at Wheaton College, Dr. Bauer was a visiting guest instructor in music education at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.  She also was the assistant to the director and an instructor in the Young Pianists Program at Indiana University.  Additional positions included the Education Director at the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic and the Program Director at the Suzuki-Orff School for Young Musicians in Chicago.  

Her work with students with special needs has been featured in The Chicago Tribune, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, the Indiana University Alumni Magazine, and the Wheaton College Alumni Magazine.  Publications include articles in Clavier Companion entitled,” Ten Characteristics for teaching students with special needs,” the Philosophy of Music Education Review, and the Manitoba Registered Teachers’ Association.  She co-chairs the Special Education Research Committee for the National Conference of Keyboard Pedagogy.  Dr. Bauer is a sought after clinician and speaker to professional teacher’s organizations, national conferences, and parent groups.  She has been teaching piano for over 25-years and working with students with special needs for 20-years.

About Beethoven’s Buddies

Beethoven’s Buddies (BB) is an innovative music program which facilitates cognitive and emotional growth for students with developmental delays.  BB uses integrated materials and assistive technology (such as the iPad) in private lessons.  Need-specific resources may include Boardmaker, appropriate music apps, and video models for weekly home practice.  BB students have participated in National Guild competitions, both the MTNA  and NCKP conferences, and music programs at schools at churches.  The program includes both private piano lessons and chimes class.  Students perform in yearly recitals and program related performances.

Stop back often for new entries. If you have subjects that you would like to see addressed, please send a short note to the authors at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We will do our best to respond in future blog entries. Please note that the email address is for topic suggestions only. The authors cannot respond to individual email requests for advice. We will do our best to address suggestions for topics in future postings.

Thank you for reading, and we hope to see you back soon.

In addition, The National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy will include workshop offerings on teaching students with special needs. The next conference is scheduled for July 26-29, 2017 in Lombard, IL (a suburb of Chicago). Information is available at http://keyboardpedagogy.org/national-conference-info2

The next three postings will introduce you to the three authors who will be sharing their expertise.

First up, Dr. Scott Price from the University of South Carolina.

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Dr. Scott Price is the founder and instructor of the Carolina LifeSong Initiative that is dedicated to providing piano lesson and music experiences (including improvisation and music composition) for students with special needs, and in fostering best practices in teaching and teacher training. Dr. Price has nearly two decades of experience teaching students with varying levels of autism, visual impairments, hearing impairments, ADD/ADHD, Down syndrome, and other developmental delays. His work with students with special needs has been featured on WISTV (SC) and WLTX (SC), Dateline NBC, CNN, and in Clavier Companion Magazine. He is past chair and current member of the Committee on Special Needs Students for the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy.

Dr. Price currently serves as Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy, and Coordinator of Piano Pedagogy at the University of South Carolina School of Music.  In addition, he is President of the Board of Trustees of the Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy.  A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, The Cleveland Institute of Music, and Bowling Green State University (OH), his recent engagements have included repeated appearances at the national conventions of the Music Teachers National Association, the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, and solo recitals and presentations throughout AR, AZ, CA, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, LA, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, SC, TX, WA, VA, and Washington DC. 

Dr. Price is creator and editor-in-chief of the on-line piano pedagogy journal "Piano Pedagogy Forum".  Now in its 17th year of publication, “Piano Pedagogy Forum” has published more than 25 issues with participation from more than 100 writers from 84 different colleges/universities, over 28 different states and three foreign countries.  The Music Teachers National Association named “Piano Pedagogy Forum” as the recipient of the 2008 Frances Clark Keyboard Pedagogy Award.  Dr. Price has recorded 39 compact discs of educational piano music for Alfred Publishing Company, and has published educational compositions with Alfred Publishing Company and the FJH Music Company. Additional teaching interests of Scott Price include teaching very young children, and teaching keyboard improvisation to piano students ranging from beginning to advanced levels.

Scott Price has been awarded the "Best of BGSU Outstanding Graduate" alumnus award from Bowling Green State University in Ohio in 2002, and was invited back to the University of Oklahoma as a “Distinguished Guest Alumnus” in March of 2005 to perform, lecture, and present a piano masterclass.  Other engagements include performances and masterclasses in Thailand, Singapore, and in Kuala Lumpur and Penang in Malaysia, and in South Korea. He was the guest pedagogy lecturer at the 2012 Korean Association of Piano Pedagogy in Seoul, South Korea, and the Royal Conservatory of Music Keyboard Professional Development Summit in Toronto and Vancouver, Canada.

Dr. Price was named a Foundation Fellow by the Music Teachers National Association in 2009, and is the 2012 recipient of the Southeastern Conference Faculty Achievement Award for the University of South Carolina.

 

Stop back often for new entries. If you have subjects that you would like to see addressed, please send a short note to the authors at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We will do our best to respond in future blog entries. Please note that the email address is for topic suggestions only. The authors cannot respond to individual email requests for advice. We will do our best to address suggestions for topics in future postings.

Thank you for reading, and we hope to see you back soon.

In addition, The National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy will include workshop offerings on teaching students with special needs. The next conference is scheduled for July 26-29, 2017 in Lombard, IL (a suburb of Chicago). Information is available at http://keyboardpedagogy.org/national-conference-info2

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Welcome to the Inclusive Piano Teaching Blog sponsored by The Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy. We hope you will join us in the coming months as we share information on teaching learners of all abilities. Check back often for new content!

What is the blog?

The Inclusive Piano Teaching blog is designed to bring you in-depth and practical information on teaching students with special needs. Our writers have extensive experience working with students across the autism spectrum, and in working with students with Down Syndrome, visual impairments, hearing impairments, ADD/ADHD, Fragile-X Syndrome, and various other learning disabilities, as well as at-risk and under-served youth.

Who are the writers?

Dr. Beth Bauer is Guest Lecturer in Pedagogy, Academic Advisor for Pedagogy Degree, Internship Director at Wheaton College Conservatory of Music, and brings 20 years of experience working with students with special needs including Down Syndrome and autism. She is founder and instructor of the Beethoven’s Buddies program, an innovative music program which facilitates cognitive and emotional growth for students with developmental delays. Dr. Bauer is co-chair of the committee on special needs for the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy.

Dr. Melissa Martiros is Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator of Music at Martin Methodist University, and brings 12 years of experience working with students with autism and other special needs, as well as experience working with at-risk and under-served youth. She is founder and director of the OpporTUNEity Music Program, a co-curricular service-learning project that provides music lessons for underserved youth in south central Tennessee. Dr. Martiros is co-chair of the committee on special needs for the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy.

Dr. Scott Price is Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy and Coordinator of Piano Pedagogy at The University of South Carolina and brings nearly 20 years of experience teaching students with autism and other special needs. He is founder and instructor of the Carolina LifeSong Initiative, a program that provides piano lessons and music experiences for students with autism and other special needs. Dr. Price currently serves as President of the Board of Trustees of The Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy. He is past chair and current member of the committee on special needs for the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy.

How do I participate?

Stop back often for new entries. If you have subjects that you would like to see addressed, please send a short note to the authors at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We will do our best to respond in future blog entries.

Thank you for reading, and we hope to see you back soon.

In addition, The National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy will include workshop offerings on teaching students with special needs. The next conference is scheduled for July 26-29, 2017 in Lombard, IL (a suburb of Chicago). Information is available at http://keyboardpedagogy.org/national-conference-info2