Endowed Chair, Daveen Fox-Music Studies
Music Bldg, Room 154
D.M.A., University of Oklahoma; M.M., San Diego State University; B.M., University of Northern Colorado; B.M.E., University of Northern Colorado
Lisa Zdechlik, Professor of Piano Pedagogy and Group Piano at the University of Arizona, holds a D.M.A. in piano performance and pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma, an M.M. in piano performance from San Diego State University, a B.M. in piano performance and a B.M.E. in music education from the University of Northern Colorado.
Dr. Zdechlik's research centers on the interaction between music analysis and performance and the applications of current technologies to music learning. She is co-author of Klav-Ear for Kids, a comprehensive keyboard/piano method for average-age beginners. The method is a revolutionary hybrid combining the best from traditional and non-traditional piano instruction with contemporary general music education techniques. Dr. Zdechlik has presented research at international and national conferences including the International Society for Music Education, the Hawaii International Conference on the Arts and Humanities, the Research in Music Education International Conference (RIME) in Exeter England, the College Music Society (CMS) International Conference, and the Association for Technology in Music Instruction (ATMI) national conference. She has also presented at national and state conferences of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), the National Group Piano and Piano Pedagogy Forum (GP3), and the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy (NCKP). Dr. Zdechlik has written articles and reviews for Piano Pedagogy Forum and American Music Teacher. In addition, she has been a consultant and practitioner for Yamaha's Summer Technology Seminars and is included in Yamaha's Clavinova on Campus, which features national group piano and piano pedagogy professors.
Dr. Zdechlik is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including the 2006 Roy A. and Stardust K. Johnson Faculty Mentoring Award for her mentoring of graduate teaching assistants in group piano at The University of Arizona. She was awarded a 2004 Arizona Board of Regents Learner-Centered Education Grant to develop Interactive Piano Tutor, a web-based music tutorial. Her dissertation, Texture and Pedaling in Selected Nocturnes of Frederic Chopin, was awarded the 2002 Dissertation Prize in Education, Fine Arts and the Professions at the University of Oklahoma.
Dr. Zdechlik is a member of the executive committee of the National Group Piano and Piano Pedagogy Forum. In addition, she serves on the Collegiate Pedagogy Teaching Committee of the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy and is the former College Faculty Chair for the Arizona State Music Teachers Association.