PamelaPike Pamela Pike is Editor in Chief/Chief Content Director of the Piano Magazine. She serves as the Barineau Professor of Piano Pedagogy at Louisiana State University. As an award-winning author, Dr. Pike has published over three dozen scholarly articles, and her book, Dynamic Group-Piano Teaching: Transforming Group Theory into Teaching Practice, is published by Routledge. Dr. Pike has presented papers and workshops at conferences throughout Asia, Europe, Scandinavia, and North and South America.
AndreaMcalister Andrea McAlister is Director of Digital Content and Senior Editor for Piano Magazine. She is Associate Professor of Piano Pedagogy at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Dr. McAlister is in frequent demand as a clinician and has recently presented lectures on the language of teaching and educational technology at the MTNA Conference and the International Society for Music Education Conference.
sale Craig Sale, NCTM, is Senior Editor of the Piano Magazine and Director of Online Courses. Before retiring, he was  Director of the Preparatory & Community Piano Program at Concordia University Chicago, where he also taught courses in piano pedagogy. He holds degrees from Northwestern University and the University of Illinois, and a Professional Teaching Certificate from The New School for Music Study, where he received his pedagogical training from Frances Clark.
betts square3 Steve Betts is Vice President for Undergraduate Studies at Southern Nazarene University. He has also taught at California Baptist University and Louisiana State University. He is a Senior Editor for The Piano Magazine: Clavier Companion and has written educational materials for the Frances Clark Library for Piano Students. He has recorded for Summit Records and Crimson Heart Records and his research has been published in Clavier Companion, The Journal of Research in Music Education, and The American Music Teacher.
Angela Photo 175x175 Angela Triandafillou is the Piano Magazine Subscriber Support Coordinator. She joined the New School in 2011 and became Admissions Director in 2013. She holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance and Music Education from Ithaca College and a Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma. Her primary teachers include Jane Magrath, Barbara Fast, Ed Gates, Phiroze Mehta, and Sandra Wright Shen.

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VanessaCornett photo Vanessa Cornett is the Director of Keyboard Studies and Associate Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis - St. Paul. The former Senior Editor for Clavier Companion, she now oversees the magazine's column on musician wellness, Healthy Playing, Healthy Teaching. She publishes and presents frequently on topics related to performance psychology, mindfulness, and anxiety management.
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Nicholas Phillips, serves as the Recording Editor for the Piano Magazine. He is Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, has performed in solo recitals across the United States and abroad, is an active recording artist, and is a regular presenter at national and international conferences.

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Suzanne Schons, PhD, NCTM, is the Music Editor at the Piano Magazine. She teaches music courses at the University of St. Thomas and piano lessons at K&S Conservatory of Music in Minnesota.

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t smith Helen Smith Tarchalski teaches in her independent studio in Maryland and on the faculty of Anne Arundel Community College, and has taught at the U.S. Naval Academy. She is a graduate of Peabody Conservatory and holds the MTNA Master Teacher Certificate. Her students have been featured performers with the National Philharmonic Orchestra and at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Terrace Theater. 
RichardZimdars Richard Zimdars has performed, lectured, broadcast and taught master classes in Europe and North and South America; released eight compact discs; published translations on the master classes of Liszt and von Bülow; served on national Fulbright screening committees; directed the 2011 American Liszt Society Bicentennial Festival; received acclaim in the major newspapers of London, New York, Boston, Cologne, etc. His University of Georgia students hold college positions in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, and South Korea. He currently serves as Poetry Editor for the Piano Magazine.

 Editorial Board

bachus Nancy Bachus is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and has taught for twenty-seven years at the college and university level. She is the author of Alfred Publishing's "Spirit" series: the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Beyond the Romantic Spirit piano anthologies, and the Exploring Piano Classics series, graded literature with a cross-indexed technique book at each level. Certified as a Master Teacher by MTNA, she currently maintains an independent piano studio in Hudson, Ohio.
conda Michelle Conda is Professor of Piano and Coordinator of Secondary Piano and Piano Pedagogy at the Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music. Her area of expertise is the field of andragogy - teaching adults. She is a founding member of and on the Steering Committee of GP3: The National Group Piano/Piano Pedagogy Forum.
johnson Rebecca Grooms Johnson, Ph.D., NCTM, is a nationally respected leader in the field of piano pedagogy. She is an independent teacher and has taught extensively at the unviersity level. Active in the Music Teachers National Association, she has served as President of the Ohio MTA, National Chair of MTNA's Pedagogy Committee, and national Certification Chair.
litterst2 George Litterst is a nationally known music educator, clinician, author, performer, and music software developer. A classically trained pianist, he is co-author of the intelligent accompaniment software program, Home Concert Xtreme, the electronic music blackboard program, Classroom Maestro, and the long distance teaching and performing software, Internet MIDI.
Scott McBride Smith 2015 Scott McBride Smith is the Cordelia Brown Murphy Professor at the University of Kansas. A recognized leader in music education, his philosophical and cognitive approach, combined with a sense of humor, has made him an audience favorite around the world. His numerous practical initiatives to improve today's piano lesson experience include the series American Popular Piano and the summer program International Institute for Young Musicians.

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Jennifer Snow sq Jennifer Snow, is the first full-time Executive Director-CEO for the Frances Clark Center. Snow is a former Vice President, Teacher Education for the Royal Conservatory and previously was a member of the keyboard faculty at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. She holds a doctorate degree from Northwestern University. 
RebeccaPennington 1 175x175 Rebecca Mergen Pennington currently serves as Admnistrative Director for the New School for Music Study. She has been a member of the faculty since 2007. Dr. Pennington has been a frequent performer in faculty recitals, contributed to teacher development through blog posts, teaching videos, and work at the NSMS Summer Seminar, and teaches the popular Piano Detectives Club class for kindergarten students. She holds a DMA and MM in Piano Performance from the University of Kansas, and a BM in Music Education from Concordia College.
Ernst Sara Copy Sara Ernst is Director of Teacher Engagement for The Frances Clark Center. She serves as Assistant Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate pedagogy courses, Dr. Ernst coordinates group piano, directs the piano preparatory program, and teaches applied piano.
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Rucker Anne Beth Anna Beth Rucker is the Administrative Operations Manager for the Frances Clark Center. She teaches at the Faber Piano Institute in Ann Arbor, MI. She holds a Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy from the University of South Carolina and a Bachelor of Music in Piano Pedagogy and Performance from East Carolina University. She previously worked as Assistant Director of the Southeastern Piano Festival.
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Allison Shinnick is The Frances Clark Center's Digital Communications and Marketing Manager. She teaches at The New School for Music Study in Kingston, New Jersey. She holds a Masters of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance, where she studied piano with Dr. Robert Weirich. Allison completed a Bachelor of Music degree from Lawrence University Conservatory of Music (Appleton, WI) with majors in piano performance and oboe performance and a minor in German. She studied piano with Dr. Catherine Kautsky, oboe with Howard Niblock, and pedagogy with Mary Van De Loo.

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LauEmily Michelle Sisler is the Digital Events Manager for the Frances Clark Center.  She is the founder of Keys to Imagination and MusicEdConnect.com. Michelle frequently presents workshops across the globe and is an active author of articles, music theory games, motivation programs and technology curriculum.
OwenZhou Owen Zhou is the Audio and Video Coordinator for the Frances Clark Center. He is a pianist and teacher based in Denver, Colorado. He received piano performance degrees from the Eastman School of Music, Northwestern University, and University of Colorado at Boulder. Owen made his New York debut in 2012 with the Scriabin Piano Concerto. He also runs an independent audio & video production business and is an avid skier in his spare time.
MichaelClarkjpg Michael Clark, Administrative Support for the Frances Clark Center, is the founder of Piano Tricks. He holds degrees in piano performance from Ithaca College and the University of Houston and is in the final stages of his DMA at Rice University. He has presented at NCKP and the MTNA National Conference and is published in the MTNA e-Journal.
Headshot2019 Trevor Thornton, Administrative Support for the Frances Clark Center, is a Postgraduate Teaching Fellow at the New School for Music Study, where he completed the Comprehensive Practical Teaching Program in 2019. He holds degrees from the University of Missouri – Kansas City, where he studied with Dr. Robert Weirich and Dr. Diane Petrella. An avid collaborator, he has played for choirs and ballet classes with Princeton Boychoir, Kansas City Ballet, and Rutgers University.
boros headshot color uncropped Michaela Boros, Digital Support for the Frances Clark Center, is currently pursuing a DMA in Piano Pedagogy at the University of South Carolina studying with Scott Price, Sara Ernst, and Phillip Bush. Michaela works as Administrative Assistant and piano instructor at UofSC’s community music school, holds an accompanying assistantship, and is President of the university’s MTNA Collegiate Chapter. She has presented at NCKP and MTNA conferences, and won Runner-Up in the 2019 Piano Magazine Collegiate Writing Contest.




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