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.


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.


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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