Dr. Pamela D. Pike is the Aloysia Landry Barineau Professor of Piano Pedagogy at Louisiana State University, where she coordinates the group-piano and piano pedagogy program. A graduate of the University of Western Ontario, Southern Illinois University, and the University of Oklahoma, Pike has extensive experience teaching piano to students of all ages, both privately and in group settings. In 2002, she founded the “Third-Age Piano Program” for senior citizens to study piano and make music in a group setting. The program has become a model for successful community engagement. She was the 2019 winner of the LSU Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award, has won various awards for her teaching in Arkansas and Louisiana, and is dedicated to helping pedagogy students develop skills necessary to become successful piano teachers. Graduates of the LSU piano pedagogy program are working in colleges and private studios throughout the United States, Asia and central America.
Dr. Pike has published over three dozen scholarly articles in peer-reviewed journals including Psychology of Music, International Journal of Music Education, Music Education Research, Journal of Music, Technology & Education, Journal of Music Teacher Education, Problems in Music Pedagogy, The Piano Magazine, Clavier Companion, Keyboard Companion, Symposium, MTNA e-Journal, and American Music Teacher. Dr. Pike’s book entitled Dynamic Group-Piano Teaching: Transforming Group Theory into Teaching Practice is published by Routledge. Pike has contributed chapters to publications on pedagogy from the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto), leadership, creativity and advocacy in Leadership and Musician Development in Higher Music Education (Routledge), online internships in High Impact Practices in Distance Education (Stylus Press) and adult learning in The Handbook of Adult Learning (forthcoming). Pike is the Editor-in-Chief/Chief Content Director of The Piano Magazine: Clavier Companion.
During the past decade, Dr. Pike has presented research papers at international conferences throughout Asia, Europe, Scandinavia, North and South America. In the United States, she is regularly invited to present papers and workshops at the Music Teachers National Association, College Music Society, Association for Technology in Music Instruction, and the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy. She is also a regular webinar presenter for MusicEdConnect and the Frances Clark Center.
Pike is president of the Louisiana Music Teachers Association, chair of the CMS 2020 National Conference and immediate-past chair of the CMS Music in Higher Education Committee, immediate-past chair of the Adult Learning Committee for the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, where she also serves on the Research Committee, and is a board member of the Yamaha Distance Education Network. She is on the editorial board of the MTNA e-Journal, the Journal of Music, Technology & Education, and is the past president of the Baton Rouge Music Teachers Association. Internationally, she is the immediate-past chair of the International Society for Music Education’s Commission on the Education of the Professional Musician.