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Pamela Pike

Pamela Pike

Associate Professor
Aloysia Landry Barineau Professor of Piano Pedagogy

291 MDA
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803-2504
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Dr. Pamela D. Pike is the Aloysia Landry Barineau Professor of Piano Pedagogy at Louisiana State University, where she coordinates the group-piano and piano pedagogy program. A graduate of the University of Western Ontario, Southern Illinois University, and the University of Oklahoma, Pike has extensive experience teaching piano to students of all ages, both privately and in group settings. In 2002 she founded the “Third-Age Piano Program” for senior citizens to study piano and make music in a group setting. The program has become a model for successful community engagement. She has won awards for her teaching in Arkansas and Louisiana, and is dedicated to helping pedagogy students develop skills necessary to become successful piano teachers. Graduates of the LSU piano pedagogy program are working in colleges and private studios throughout the United States and central America.

Dr. Pike has published over three dozen scholarly articles in peer-reviewed journals including the International Journal of Music Education, Music Education Research, the Journal of Music, Technology & Education, the Journal of Music Teacher Education, Problems in Music Pedagogy, Clavier Companion, Keyboard Companion, Symposium, MTNA e-Journal, and American Music Teacher. In May 2017, Dr. Pike’s book entitled Dynamic Group-Piano Teaching: Transforming Group Theory into Teaching Practice will be published by Routledge. Pike has contributed chapters to recent and forthcoming publications on pedagogy from the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto), adult learning in The Handbook of Adult Learning (Routledge), and online internships in High Impact Practices in Distance Education (Stylus Press).

During the past decade, Dr. Pike has presented research papers at international conferences throughout Asia, Europe, Scandinavia, North and South America. In the United States, she is regularly invited to present papers and workshops at the Music Teachers National Association, College Music Society, Association for Technology in Music Instruction, and the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy.

Pike is president-elect of the Louisiana Music Teachers Association, chair of the CMS Music in Higher Education Committee, the immediate-past chair of the Adult Learning Committee for the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, where she also serves on the Research Committee, and is a board member of the Yamaha Distance Education Network. She is on the editorial board of the MTNA e-Journal, the Journal of Music, Technology & Education, and is the past president of the Baton Rouge Music Teachers Association. Internationally, she is the chair of the International Society for Music Education’s Commission on the Education of the Professional Musician.

In 2017, Dr. Pike is being honored by the Music Teachers National Association as a Foundation Fellow. In October 2016, Pike was named the Louisiana Music Teachers Association “Outstanding Teacher”. In 2013, she was awarded the Music Teachers National Association “Article of the Year” for her article entitled “Sight Reading Strategies for the Beginning and Intermediate Piano Student” and in 2012 she won the LSU Tiger Athletic Foundation Undergraduate Teaching Award. Her research interests include distance learning, teaching older adults (third-age students), group teaching techniques, and cognition and human learning.

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