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Joanne Smith

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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