Article by LSU School of Music Assistant Professor Pamela Pike Earns American Music Teacher Article of the Year Honor

02/26/2013 09:45 AM

BATON ROUGE – An article written by Pamela Pike – assistant professor in piano pedagogy in the LSU School of Music – titled “Sight-Reading Strategies for the Beginning and Intermediate Piano Student: A Fresh Look at a Familiar Topic,” has been selected as the Article of the Year for American Music Teacher, or AMT, a publication of the Music Teachers National Association, or MTNA. The award is presented annually by to the author of an outstanding feature article written expressly for AMT.


The article was published in the February/March 2012 issue of AMT. Pike will receive the honor at an awards brunch during the 2013 MTNA National Conference, held March 9-13 at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, Calif. She will also receive a $1,000 award made possible by the MTNA Foundation Fund.


American Music Teacher is published by MTNA for its members, who are primarily independent and collegiate music teachers. It focuses on current topics in the music teaching profession such as technology, music advocacy, wellness, American music and pedagogy.


In her faculty position at LSU, Pike coordinates the group-piano and piano pedagogy program. A graduate of the University of Western Ontario, Southern Illinois University and the University of Oklahoma, she 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 as the class members travel to their surrounding community and perform ensemble repertoire using portable MIDI keyboards.


Along with AMT, Pike has been published in the International Journal for Music Education: Research, Music Education Research, Problems in Music Pedagogy, Clavier Companion and Keyboard Companion. She has presented research papers at international conferences in China, South Korea, Malaysia, Canada, Italy, Serbia and the United Kingdom. She has also presented at recent College Music Society and MTNA national conferences. Pike is the chair of the Adult Learning Committee for the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, where she also serves on the Research Committee. She is currently serving a two-year term as president of the Baton Rouge Music Teachers Association. Her research interests include distance learning, teaching older adults, group teaching techniques and cognition and human learning.


Music Teachers National Association is a nonprofit organization of nearly 24,000 independent and collegiate music teachers committed to furthering the art of music through teaching, performance, composition and scholarly research. Founded in 1876, MTNA is the oldest professional music teachers’ association in the United States. For more information about MTNA or the MTNA National Conference, contact MTNA national headquarters at 513-421-1420, 1-888-512-5278, or visit






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Posted on Tuesday, February 26, 2013