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Joanne Smith, M.M.

photo of Joanne SmithClass Piano, Piano Pedagogy, Children's Piano Program
Phone: (239) 287-9471
Office: Music Building 211

Joanne Smith is Professor Emerita of Piano and Piano Pedagogy from the University of Michigan School of Music where she served as piano pedagogy faculty, Director of the Keyboard Studies Division and Piano Pedagogy Laboratory Program and Coordinator of the Class Piano Program and graduate Piano Performance and Pedagogy degree programs. Before joining the music faculty at Michigan in 1983, she was Director of the Creative Arts Program at Bowling  Green State University of Ohio and pedagogy instructor at both Bowling Green and the University of Toledo.  She holds performance degrees from Mac Phail 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.  Her teachers were Wilma Anderson Gilman, Cleo Munden Hiner, Howard Karp, Santos Ojeda, Jeanne Kirstein and Jerome Rose.

As a performer, she began music study at the age of three in Minneapolis and made her orchestral debut at seven.  She was winner of many performance competitions including the Minnesota Music Teachers Association, Minneapolis Aquatennial Piano Competition, National Federation of Music Clubs,  Philomeneon Society, Mu Phi Epsilon, Minnesota Orchestra Young Artist Competition and the Minneapolis Star & Tribune Tanglewood Competition.

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), National Conference on Piano Pedagogy, World Piano Pedagogy Conference, Eastman School of Music Preparatory Directors Conference, National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts, the National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC) and PEO conventions in Ohio, Michigan and Florida.  Mrs. Smith has served as an adjudicator for competitions sponsored by MTNA, MMTA, OMTA, local associations, NFMC, The Young Keyboard Artist Association, Competition of the Americas, Mc Knight Foundation, Toledo Symphony Orchestra, Naples Music Club, the Southwest Florida Symphony Young Artist Competition, Seminole Festival of NFMC, the MTNA Studio Teaching Fellowship, the NFMC Lynn Freeman Olson Composition and Pedagogy Awards, and most recently she has chaired the annual MTNA National Teacher of the Year Awards.  In collaboration with the Division of Rehabilitative Engineering of the Medical School, she received a national award for the development of a prosthesis for playing the piano. 

Mrs. Smith served as President of the Michigan Music Teachers Association and chair of the MMTA/MTNA Wurlitzer Collegiate Competition.  She was Co-Chairman of the National Group Piano Symposium, Project Advisor for the 1990 National Piano Foundation New Music Library and Advisor for the 1995-1998 National Federation of Music Clubs Bulletin, and is continuing chair of the NFMC Lynn Freeman Olson Composition Awards and Piano Event.  

Smith established the MTNA/MMTA Collegiate Chapter at the University of Michigan in 1983 and served as Advisor until retiring in 2,000.   Mrs. Smith held offices in MTNA organizations as President of the Michigan Music Teachers Association, chair of the MMTA/MTNA Wurlitzer Collegiate Competition and President of the Northwest Ohio District of OMTA.  She was Co-Chairman of the National Group Piano Symposium, Project Advisor for the 1990 National Piano Foundation New Music Library and the 1995-1998 National Federation of Music Clubs Bulletin, and is continuing chair of the NFMC Lynn Freeman Olson Composition Awards and Piano Event.  

Ten of her pedagogy students were national recipients of the prestigious D.H. Baldwin Fellowship Awards for Teaching Excellence and several of her  students have given master class teachers at the National Conference on Piano Pedagogy and at MTNA Conventions. Her former pedagogy students currently hold faculty positions at Oberlin College-Conservatory, Michigan State University, University of Wisconsin, Manhattan School of Music, St. Olaf College, University of Toronto, Centenary College, Augustana College,  California State University-Stanislaus, University of South Florida, Schoolcraft College, Taylor University, William Carey College,  Toronto Conservatory, Weber State University, Furman University,  Lawrence University,  Andrews University and  Roosevelt University.

Mrs. Smith taught piano, piano literature and theory in the All-State Program at Interlochen National Music Camp for fourteen summers, serving as coordinator for several.  She is listed in the International Who’s Who of Music and the Outstanding Young Women of America, has served as music reviewer for Piano Quarterly and The American Music Teacher  and written articles for Keyboard Companion.  Her publications include For the Young Virtuoso with Jerome Rose (Warner Brothers), The Developing Artist Piano Literature Series Level 3 with Faber &  Faber (FJH Music Co) and the FJH Piano Pedagogy Newsletter.  She has recently completed an anthology series of piano literature titled Focus on Rhythm, (FJH).

Joanne Smith serves on the Board of Directors of the Florida State Music Teachers Association, The Southwest Florida Symphony (SWFS), the Southwest Florida Steinway Society, Naples Music Club and the SWF Symphony Artistic and Education committees. Joanne served as Music Director for the Renaissance Academy of Florida Gulf Coast University. Her popular series of lecture-concerts, “From Bach to Brubeck”, has been presented to audiences throughout Southwest Florida.

Joanne Smith was named 2002 National Music Teacher of the Year by Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) representing the State of Michigan where she was 2001 Michigan Music Teacher of the Year. In the fall of 2007 she will join the music faculty of Florida Gulf Coast University, teaching class piano and piano pedagogy.

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