Technique Through the Repertoire

While many instrumentalists study repertoire excerpts to address technical and musical challenges, pianists are the exception. This session will present progressively sequenced excerpts from the standard keyboard literature that addresses challenges facing intermediate piano students. Strategies for incorporating excerpts into your studio will also be provided.

Christopher Madden, DMA, is currently Assistant Professor of Piano Pedagogy at University of Missouri – Kansas City, where he teaches piano pedagogy, keyboard skills, and applied piano. He has performed in festivals and master classes throughout the United States, Italy, and Canada. He has published articles in Clavier Companion and American Music Teacher, and presented research at NCKP, Group Piano/Piano Pedagogy Forum, Collegiate Piano Pedagogy Symposium, and MTNA.   He is interested in andragogy, both as a teacher and a researcher. Dr. Madden has his DMA in Piano Performance and Pedagogy, University of Oklahoma; MM in Piano Pedagogy, Florida State University; MA in Music Theory/History, and BM in Piano Performance, Pennsylvania State University.

Jani Parsons is an award-winning teacher at Baylor University in Texas, and is the pianist and executive director of Latitude 49. She has diverse interests in piano performance, pedagogy, chamber music, and new music performance.