Joanne Smith is professor emeritus of Piano
and Pedagogy from the University of Michigan School
of Music where she served as piano pedagogy instructor,
director of the Keyboard Studies Division and
Piano Pedagogy Laboratory Program, as well as
coordinator of the Class Piano Program and graduate
Piano Performance and Pedagogy degree programs.
Before coming to Michigan in 1983, she was director
of the Creative Arts program at Bowling Green
State University in Ohio and pedagogy instructor
at both Bowling Green and the University of Toledo.
She holds performance degrees from McPhail College
of Music (magna cum laude) and the Cincinnati
College Conservatory of Music with further study
at Oberlin Conservatory and the Universities of
Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Denver.
Joanne Smith has performed and given workshops,
clinics, and master classes throughout the United
States with presentations at conventions of the
Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), World
Piano Pedagogy Conference, National Conference
on Piano Pedagogy, and many more.
Mrs. Smith held offices in MTNA organizations
as President of the Michigan Music Teachers Association,
President of the Northwest Ohio District of OMTA,
and Chair of the MMTA Wurlitzer Collegiate Competition.
Smith is listed in The International Who’s Who
of Music and the Outstanding Young Women of America.
She has served as music reviewer for Piano Quarterly
and The American Music Teacher and has written
articles for Keyboard Companion. Her publications
include For the Young Virtuoso with Jerome Rose
and The Developing Artist Piano Literature Series,
Level 3 with Faber and Faber. She is currently
working on an anthology series of piano literature
with The FJH Music Company, where she also serves
as pedagogy consultant and senior editor.
In 2002, Joanne Smith was named National Music
Teacher of the Year by the MTNA. She represented
the state of Michigan, where she was 2001 Michigan
Music Teacher of the Year.
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