Amanda Horn Gunderson (’06 B.M.-piano with honors), ’06 M.A., ’08 M.M.) received the 2017 Music Teacher’s National Association’s Article of the Year Award for her publication titled “The Well-Crafted Question: Inspiring Students to Connect, Create, and Think Critically.” The article appeared in the American Music Teacher, the bi-monthly journal of the organization. The award was presented at the recent national conference of the association, held in Orlanda, FL.
Amanda Gunderson serves on the faculty at Lycoming College as assistant professor, teaching courses in applied piano and music theory. Her diverse research interests include biomechanics (especially for small-handed pianists) and asymmetrical meter in pedagogical repertoire. She has presented research and lecture recitals at state conferences for the Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association and published in American Music Teacher.
Her performances range widely from solos in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall (2008) to chamber music performances at the Beijing National Library (2015). Gunderson holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Penn State and a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she attended as a University Fellow.
She is the recipient of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery’s “Emerging Interfaces Award,” a UW-Madison “Graduate Student Mentor Award,” and first prize in the Irving Shain Duo Competition. In 2017, she was named “Teacher of the Year” by Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association.
As a Penn State student, Amanda was a student of piano professor Timothy Shafer. Her other primary teachers include Jessica Johnson and Christopher Taylor.