Assistant Professor - Piano & Piano Pedagogy
Room 336, Swope Music Building
D.M.A., Catholic University of America
M.A., Oxford University
M.M., University of Southern California
B.M., University of Florida
Dr. Patricia Powell is an accomplished performer and teacher with a unique musical and academic background. In addition to degrees in Piano Performance, Piano Pedagogy and Chamber Music, Dr. Powell received the prestigious Music Honours Degree from Oxford University, England as a graduate scholarship student. In addition to teaching piano, she directs both the graduate and undergraduate Piano Pedagogy studies at the School of Music. Her passion for teaching has been lifelong, inspired by the many notable teachers that she has studied with, including Phyllis Selleck (The Royal Conservatory of Music, London), Thomas Mastroianni and Bela Nagy (Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.), Robert Ward (USC, Los Angeles) and Edna Golandsky (Golandsky Institute, Princeton).
Her mentors and teachers in pedagogy have greatly informed and influenced her toward more enlightened and progressive pedagogy approaches through study with Dr. Barbara Maris, Dr. Marienne Uszler and early experiences with both Robert Pace and Richard Chronister.
Her approach to teaching pedagogy and performance aim for the same arrival point: to instill a deep understanding of how the power of music can connect us to others in a profound way, and that both musical expression and creativity are at the root of that understanding.
As a presenter, she is frequently invited to give workshops and master classes on techniques for motivating and inspiring young pianists. Her research includes Samuel Barber’s Chamber and Collaborative Music; ‘Enthusiasm’ - Why it Matters in Music; The Pedagogy of Performance. Her performances are often inspired by a theme, such as the 2013 collaborative recital on Earth Day, wherein each piece represented a specific hour in the cycle of the earth, including premiers of 3 commissioned works.
Dr. Powell’s pedagogy graduate students have published, performed and presented at both national and state conferences of the Music Teachers National Association. Recent Pedagogy graduate students have gone on to pursue Doctoral degrees, receiving both scholarships and graduate assistantships.
Having served on several editorial boards, including the European Piano Teachers Association and MTNA’s American Music Teacher magazine and the e-Journal, Dr. Powell contributes editorials and reviews for the Music Teachers National Association.