Research Posters
Thursday July 25, 12:15-1:30pm
Room: Junior Ballroom Foyer

WillardCatherine Catherine Willard
Exploring Improvisation in the Music Reader

Catherine Willard has a passion for encouraging people in their musical growth, and a love for making music that touches the soul. In addition to a BMus and an ARCT, Catherine recently completed an MEd degree, exploring the development of improvisational skills in the music reader.
Fen FangChen Fen-Fang Chen
Observation and Analysis of Undergraduate Applied Piano Lessons and Individual Practice Sessions

Dr. Fen-Fang Chen, Ph.D., DA., is associate professor of piano and director of the piano proficiency program at Florida Southern College. She has presented her research studies in both developing efficient piano technique for young beginners and investigating effective piano practice at the national, state, and regional conferences.
Jared Rixstine Jared Rixstine
The Other Perspective: A Quantitative Study on the Impact of Instructional Methodology on Class Piano Students

Jared Rixstine, NCTM, completed his MM at the University of Oklahoma where he won the Provost’s Certificate of Distinction in Teaching for Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistants. Currently teaching preparatory piano at Oklahoma Baptist University, Rixstine previously served as Sabbatical Replacement/Lecturer at Henderson State University.
JoanWallaceheadshot Joan Wallace
The Psychology of Boredom: Creating the Drive to Practice

Joan Wallace is a doctoral student in Piano at the University of Minnesota and a private lesson teacher in Minneapolis. She holds piano and pedagogy degrees from the University of Oklahoma and University of Michigan, and taught piano in India for three years to students from over 25 countries.
HafezKrista Krista Hafez
The Effect of a Postural Intervention on Fatigue in Young Pianists

Krista Hafez is a Ph.D in Music (Piano Pedagogy) candidate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is expected to matriculate May of this year. Her research interests include posture, fatigue, and healthy playing.
Lagrimas Leonidas RC 4393 Leonidas Lagrimas
A Demographic Survey of Undergraduate Students Taking Group Piano Classes

Dr. Leonidas Lagrimas currently serves as Assistant Professor of Piano at SUNY-Fredonia, where he is Coordinator of Secondary Piano and teaches Piano Pedagogy. He holds a Ph.D. in Piano Pedagogy from FSU and is district chair of his New York State MTNA Chapter.
HahnRachel Rachel D. Hahn
Aural Modeling and Tempo Control in Technology-Assisted Practice: Effect of Apps on Student Achievement

Rachel Hahn, NCTM is a doctoral candidate and coordinator of group piano at the University of Missouri. An active performer, teacher, and researcher, her interests include piano curriculum development, non-profit music, classroom technology, and digital nativism. Her career combines piano performance and pedagogy with research applicable to all music fields.
Pozenatto Ricardo Pozenatto
Keyboard Skills: Class piano students' Preferences

Brazilian musician Ricardo Pozenatto is very passionate about music education and research, with focus in piano pedagogy and group instruction. Expecting to graduate in 2021, he currently studies at Florida State University in the PhD in Piano Pedagogy program, under the guidance of Dr. Diana Dumlavwalla.
Shitong Headshot Shitong Sigler
Entrepreneurship and Opportunities Beyond the Practice Room

Shitong Sigler is in her final year pursuing a DMA Degree in Piano Performance at The Ohio State University. As a graduate teaching associate, Shitong has taught undergraduate class piano courses since 2014. Shitong holds the position of adjunct piano faculty teaching applied piano and class piano at Ashland University.
StephanieMercer Stephanie Mercer
The Evolution of the American Piano Sound as Portrayed by Selected Composers in the United States

Stephanie Mercer is completing her Masters in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at Nazareth College in Rochester, NY. She became interested in American musical history while volunteering at a local living history museum as a Civil War reenactor and choral accompanist. Stephanie maintains a thriving piano studio in the Rochester area.
Yoon Pak Yoon Pak
Effective Preparation for Chopin Études

Yoon Pak went to Austin Peay State University and studied piano performance with Dr. Patricia Halbeck. She is pursuing a Master's degree at Belmont University where she studies under Dr. Kristian Klefstad. She loves teaching and working with people; Yoon is currently a private instructor at Madison Street Music and Arts Academy and Belmont Academy. Yoon is also appointed as a new vice president of program of Nashville Music Teachers Association for 2019-2021.
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Current Trends and Principal Themes of Research in Teaching Piano for Beginners: The Mapping of Doctoral and Masters’ Research 2000-2018

Yuan Jiang, a Ph. D. candidate in Piano Pedagogy at Florida State University, is the the president of FSU Collegiate Chapter of MTNA. She received her MM in Piano Pedagogy Degree from Texas Christian Univ"


General Pedagogy Posters
Friday July 26, 12:15-1:30pm
Room: Junior Ballroom Foyer

Anna Beth Rucker Ann Beth Rucker
Score Study Experts: Using Conductors’ Techniques to Enhance Audiation, Gesture, Understanding, and Conceptualization in the Private Piano Lesson

Anna Beth Rucker is a graduate student in piano pedagogy at the University of South Carolina. In addition to her research and studies, she is Assistant Director of the Southeastern Piano Festival, a student intern with the Frances Clark Center, and a piano teacher at a local community music school.
CarmenHall Carmen Hall
Using Chamber Music in Piano Instruction of Pre-College Students

Carmen Hall is pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of Utah in piano performance. Her dissertation research will show the value of chamber music and ensemble playing for teenage students in the piano studio.
CheeHyeonChoi Photojpg Chee Hyeon Choi
Catching Two Birds with One Stone—Summer Piano Camp for Teens

Chee Hyeon Choi is a piano faculty at Bradley University, the IL State Chair of the Collegiate chapters and the Jr. Competition Chair. Dr. Choi has taught Illinois Summer Youth Music, Millikin University High School piano camp. She is the founder and the director of the Bradley Summer Piano Camp.
ChristinaLiu Christina Liu
Seeing is Believing: Integrating Video Apps in Lessons

Christina Liu is currently Instructor of Music at the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, KS, teaching a diverse range of classes. She is also the coordinator of Lawrence Final Fridays Music and frequently collaborates with colleagues in performances in addition to teaching in the Lawrence and Kansas City area.
Robert Carney Photo Robert D. Carney
Using Online Collaboration to Facilitate Independent Learning

Dr. Robert D. Carney has given recitals and presentations throughout the US, Canada, and Europe. Carney is currently Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Music at Southwest Baptist University and President of the Missouri Music Teachers Association. He received his DMA from the University of North Texas.
GraceLeePhoto Grace Eunhye Lee
An Examination of Genre and Pianistic Innovations in Ned Rorem’s Eight Etudes

Grace Lee is pursuing DMA in Piano Performance at the College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati. She is currently working at Anderson Music Workshop in Cincinnati and teaches at Belvoir Terrace, MA every summer.
Jenna Klein Jenna Klein
Building Memorization Skills through Creative Activities: The Use of Color-Coding and Imagery in Music Lessons

Jenna Klein is pursuing a PhD in Music Education in Piano Pedagogy at the University of Oklahoma under mentorship of Jane Magrath. She holds degrees from the University of Northern Iowa and SUNY New Paltz.
Jiao Sun Headshot Jiao Sun
Teaching Collegiate Non-Music Major Students with Different Levels, Ages, and Learning Abilities in Piano Class

Award-winning pianist Jiao Sun became teaching assistant at Eastman School of Music and CCM, Cincinnati. She presented at MTNA Collegiate Chapters Piano Pedagogy Symposium, OhioMTA conference, and published in MTNA E-Journal as an invited reporter. She is pursing doctoral of musical arts degree at CCM after earned degrees at Eastman.
Joyce Hall Wolf headshot 2018 Joyce Hall Wolf and Rachel Taylor
Teaching Collaboration – Student Pianist to Artist Collaborator

Joyce Hall Wolf, soprano, is Professor of Music at Eastern Kentucky University where she teaches voice, vocal pedagogy, and vocal repertoire. She serves as a collaborative pianist, opera director/coach, and part-time organist. Wolf holds the Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Kentucky.

Dr. Rachel Taylor has taught piano professionally for over 20 distinguished years. Her students have won honors at numerous competitions, including the MTNA-Yamaha High School Piano Competition, the Des Moines Symphony Competition, and the Terrace Hill Endowment Competition. Currently, Dr. Taylor teaches piano at Eastern Kentucky University.
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Measuring up to Prevent Injuries: Handspans, Repertoire, and Alternatively-Sized Piano Keyboards

A recipient of the Marina Grin and Golden Classical Music Awards, Korea Times Competition winner and others, performing in Europe, Asia and the US. Butler is Faculty at Jefferson College and CMS Webster University; Co-VP of the Missouri Music Teachers Association and Chair of the Young Artist Competition in St. Louis.

Dr. Carol Leone is Chair of Piano Studies and Professor of Piano at SMU, Dallas, Texas. She has performed and taught throughout the US, Europe and Asia and has been a prizewinner in piano competitions. Leone is considered the world’s leading performer, teacher, and researcher on ergonomically scaled piano keyboards (ESPKs) for the benefit of pianists with smaller hand-spans.
MBosits Marcia L Bosits
Pedagogy, Professionalism, and Career Preparation: Learning From Other Disciplines

Marcia Bosits is Director of Piano Pedagogy at Northwestern University. She appears as a clinician throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia and will be a featured presenter at the 2019 Arts in Society International Conference in Lisbon.
Michaela Boros Michaela Boros
Taming Dragons: Adapting Film Music for Teenage Pianists

Michaela Boros is pursuing a D.M.A. in Piano Pedagogy at the University of South Carolina. She also earned degrees from Bowling Green State University and The College of Wooster. Michaela holds a research and accompanying graduate assistantship, and serves as Admissions Assistant and pre-college instructor for USC’s Center for Piano Studies.
MitchGrussingPhoto Mitch Grussing
Oldies but Goodies: Medieval keyboard repertoire for the modern pianist

Mitch Grussing is a piano teacher and composer from Minneapolis. He is nearing completion of a Master’s Degree in Music Education/Piano Pedagogy at the University of St. Thomas and has studied with Vanessa Cornett, Suzanne Schons, and Karen Howard. Special interests include Medieval keyboard music and musicians with OCD.
NamjiKim Namji Kim
Improvisation as an Aid to Help with Sight-Reading Skills at the Keyboard

Namji Clara Kim is Professor of Piano at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She has performed around the world, presented on various pedagogical topics, and published scholarly reviews on the interrelationships between music and theology.
Natsumi Takai Natsumi Takai
Pedal Pedagogy! Fun Facilitation for Beginners

Natsumi Takai is a doctoral candidate in Piano Pedagogy at the University of South Carolina. She serves as a graduate assistant in accompaniment and has been teaching private for all ages and group classes from K-5 through the second grade at USC Center for Piano Studies.
Omri Omri Shimron
Beyond Blocking: Harmonic Chunking to Facilitate Deeper and Quicker Learning at the Piano

Omri Shimron is Coordinator of Piano and Assistant Professor or Music at Cal State East Bay. From 2013-2017 he taught at the Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival. In addition to collegiate students, he maintains a private studio in Oakland, CA. Previously, he taught at Elon University and Hillsdale College.
Stephanie Bruning Headshot Stephanie Bruning
Hey…Listen to this!

Dr. Stephanie Bruning is Associate Professor of Music and Coordinator of Keyboard Studies at Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD. She holds degrees in Piano Performance and Pedagogy and is in-demand as a teacher, adjudicator, and performer.
Sungsook Kim Yi Sungsook Kim Yi
Micro Peer Teaching Demonstrations in University Group Piano Curricula: A Practical Component to Explore

Dr. Sungsook Kim Yi had studied piano pedagogy under Maurice Hinson, Joanne Haroutounian and Linda Monson. She has been on the school of music faculty at George Mason University since 2009 teaching functional keyboard skills for nonpiano music majors and keyboard pedagogy.
Sunjoo Lee Sunjoo Lee
Understanding ADHD and Teaching Strategies for Students with ADHD in Music Instruction

Sunjoo Lee is currently pursuing DMA in Piano Pedagogy at the University of South Carolina. Ms. Lee teaches different age and level of students in private and group settings. She actively has attended conferences and presented various topics.
Yeon Kyung Kim Yeon-Kyung Kim
Old in New: A Teaching Guide to Anniversaries by Leonard Bernstein

Yeon-Kyung Kim, a South Korean pianist, is a DMA pre-candidate in piano performance at University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She also studies piano pedagogy as a cognate and teaches privately, K-12 students ranging various levels.
Joanna Kim Doyle Joanna Kim
The Modern Features and Technical Challenges in Aram Khachaturian's Piano Concerto in D-flat Major

Dr. Joanna Kim, NCTM, serves as the director of Keyboard Studies at the University of North Georgia. As a Steinway Artist, she maintains an active career as a concertizing artist both as a soloist and a chamber musician. She is an active clinician and an adjudicator around the state.