2015 Collegiate Pedagogy Teaching

Pre-Conference Track, Wednesday July 29

Good "PR" for Pedagogy Teachers: How to Stay "P"ractical and "R"elevant in Today's Job Market

Brought to you by the NCKP Committee on Collegiate Pedagogy Teaching: Ann Gipson, Yu-Jane Yang, Co-Chairs; Bradley Beckman, Huei-Li Chin, Courtney Crappell, Rebekah Jordan Miller, Matthew Kline, Carolyn True, and Lisa Zdechlik.

Wednesday, July 29

1:30-2:00 Pre-Conference Keynote Address

3:00-5:00 Research 101: A Crash Course for College Pedagogy Teachers (Grand Ballroom A)
Join Dr. Debbie Rohwer, the lead editor of Update: Application of Research in Music Education, for a highly sought after interactive session. Dr. Rohwer will survey research methods relevant to the field of Piano Pedagogy and examine how to choose and make use of appropriate research questions, procedures, and data analysis to draw meaningful conclusions. The presentation will lead directly to round table discussions where participants will be encouraged to explore and share research topics of interests and identify appropriate methodology for practical application through hands-on experience.

DebbieRohwerDr. Debbie Rohwer is Professor and Chair of Music Education at UNT, and the lead editor for Update: Applications of Research in Music Education. Her degrees are from Northwestern, Eastman, and the Ohio State University. Rohwer teaches the graduate research and pedagogy courses, and her research has addressed adult community musician instruction and pedagogy of research.

Roundtable Discussion 1

5:00-5:15 Break

5:15-7:00 From Student to Professional: Providing Teaching Experiences That Are Practical, Relevant, and Effective (Grand Ballroom A)
This session will describe types of student teaching experiences currently being used and provide participants with opportunities to share and explore various student teaching models based on their interests and expertise. In addition, recent graduates will reflect on the effectiveness, practicality, and relevancy of their student teaching experiences.

Bradley Beckman cropDr. Brad Beckman is Coordinator of Group Piano and Piano Pedagogy at the University of North Texas.  He is also part of the Beckman/True Piano Duo with Dr. Carolyn True.  Their work together includes the CD, Bradley Beckman & Carolyn True 2 and Duet Discoveries compiled for the Hal Leonard Corp.


Courtney CrappellDr. Courtney Crappell, NCTM, serves as Associate Professor of Piano Pedagogy at the University of Houston, Moores School of Music where he coordinates the class piano program and teaches piano and piano pedagogy. He holds a D.M.A. degree from the University of Oklahoma.



amg2011Dr. Ann Gipson, NCTM, is Associate Professor of Piano and Director of Piano Pedagogy Studies at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX.  She holds a Ph.D. degree from the University of Oklahoma and served as national president of MTNA.



Carolyn True PhotoCarolyn True (Trinity University) is an active solo pianist and clinician, is part of the Beckman/True piano duo, and is a member of SOLI Chamber Ensemble (winner of the 2013 ASCAP/CMA Award for Adventurous programming).



Yu Jane Yang PhotoDr. Yu-Jane Yang is a Presidential Distinguished Professor and Director of Keyboard Studies at Weber State University (UT). She is a frequent presenter, performer, and adjudicator nationally and internationally. Yang’s college piano student Fan-Ya Lin was the national first place winner of the 2010 MTNA Steinway Young Artist Piano Competition.


Lisa Zdechlik PhotoDr. Lisa Zdechlik is Associate Professor of Piano Pedagogy and Group Piano at the University of Arizona. Her research involves the interaction between music analysis and performance and the applications of current technologies to music learning. She has presented at international and national conferences of MTNA, NCKP and CMS.


Roundtable Discussion 2