Laura Amoriello (M.M. Piano Performance and Pedagogy ’02) will join the faculty of Ithaca College in Fall 2015 as an assistant professor. From 2004-2015, she served as an adjunct assistant professor at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, where she was co-coordinator of piano secondary and coordinator of the visiting artist series. During the same time period, she was also an adjunct instructor of keyboard skills at the College of New Jersey, where she returned in 2015 to teach piano pedagogy. A frequent adjudicator, Laura is a former president of the Bucks County Association of Piano Teachers.
Passionate about sharing pedagogical ideas with teachers, Amoriello has presented her research on local, national, and international levels. Recent workshops include “From Living Room to Stage: Helping Students Fight Performance Anxiety” for the Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association’s state conference in Gettysburg, and “Asking Questions in the Secondary Piano Class” for the National Group Piano and Piano Pedagogy Forum in Cincinnati. A paper based on her dissertation, “Teaching Class Piano: A Study of Varied Perspectives,” was presented at the 2011 National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy. Laura has also presented at the Westminster’s Piano Camp for Teachers, the European Piano Teachers Association conference, and the World Piano Conference. Her research interests include performance anxiety, the music of Prokofiev, secondary piano, and learning theories for piano teachers. She has been published in Piano Pedagogy Forum and Clavier Companion.
A former winner of the Westminster Choir College Undergraduate Piano and Concerto Competitions, Laura frequently performs as soloist and collaborator. Most recently, she presented “Four-Hand Gems: Favorite Duets for Piano” for Jacobs Music in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. Annual lecture recitals for Westminster’s High School Piano Camp have included the music of Debussy, Haydn, Liszt, and, following a full recital of the composer’s solo and chamber works, Prokofiev.
Laura Amoriello holds undergraduate and master’s degrees in piano performance and pedagogy from Westminster Choir College of Rider University and Penn State, respectively. Her principal teachers include Mary DeTurck, Ingrid Clarfield, and Timothy Shafer. She holds the Doctor of Education degree in college music pedagogy from Teachers College of Columbia University with the dissertation “Teaching Undergraduate Class Piano: A Study of Perspectives from Self, Students, and Colleagues.”