Discover methods for effective online piano and keyboard instruction. The presenters will discuss and demonstrate technology and strategies for synchronous and asynchronous keyboard instruction to engage students in meaningful ways.
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Dr. Mario Ajero is Professor of Piano at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas where he teaches applied piano lessons, group piano classes, and piano pedagogy and serves as the Keyboard Area Coordinator. Internationally recognized as an authority in incorporating technology in piano pedagogy and music education, he has presented at every major piano pedagogy conference in the United States and has been invited to perform and present in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, and Germany.
Dr. Ajero’s engagements include being a keynote presenter at the Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference and a featured presenter at the Summer Summit at The Royal Conservatory. He has authored articles for Piano Magazine and American Music Teacher and has presented at the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) National Conference and National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy. Dr. Ajero was recently featured in a series of webinars from The Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy entitled Teaching in the Time of COVID-19: Resources for Online Instruction. His piano pedagogy students have also given presentations at the Texas Music Teachers Association Convention and MTNA National Conference. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Music from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA and earned his Ph.D. in Music Education with a concentration in piano pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Ajero has served as Coordinator of Class Piano for Temple University’s Music Prep Division and was Lecturer in Piano for Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance. He has done research and beta testing on educational uses of the Yamaha Disklavier Piano and currently serves on the Board of Advisors for the Disklavier Education Network through the Yamaha Corporation of America.
Alejandro Cremaschi is Professor of Piano at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he teaches piano pedagogy and applied piano, and coordinates the class piano area. He is an active performer, and has recorded as a soloist and chamber pianist for the labels IRCO, Ostinato, Marco Polo and Meridian Records. His pedagogical edition and recording of Alberto Ginastera's Doce Preludios Americanos for piano was published by Carl Fischer in 2016, and superseded the original 1946 original edition of this work. His research areas include concert repertoire and pedagogical music by Spanish and Latin American composers; student achievement, motivation and practicing strategies; and the pedagogical uses of technology. He has been a presenter at numerous national and international conferences, and has published articles in the Research Studies in Music Education journal, Journal of Music, Technology and Education, Clavier Companion, Piano Magazine and the MTNA e-journal among others. He was a prize winner at the International Beethoven Sonata Piano Competition in Memphis, Tennessee in 2001. Dr. Cremaschi received MM and DMA degrees from the University of Minnesota, and undergraduate degrees from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina. He studied with pianists Dora De Marinis, Nancy Roldan and Lydia Artymiw. In 2017 he was awarded the Outstanding Alumni Award at the University of Maryland Baltimore County’s College of Arts and Humanities.