Higgins Piano Studio

Piano Lessons and Composition Camps

 

About the Teacher

QUALIFICATIONS and BACKGROUND EXPERIENCE

Salem College, Bachelor of Music Degree (Piano Performance)

Permanent National Certification

  • Music Teachers National Association (MTNA)

Permanent State Certification

  • North Carolina Music Teachers Association (NCMTA)

Over 30 years of Private Piano Instruction

Over 20 years of Composition Instruction

UNCG Summer Music Camp Piano Instructor for 25 years

Performed violin with Charlotte’s Annual Messiah Orchestra for over 45 years

Performed piano accompaniments with the Charlotte Civic Orchestra concerts

Judged piano and violin competitions for 30 years in North and South Carolina

Charlotte Symphony Orchestra (former violin member)

Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestra (former violin member)

Charlotte Civic Orchestra (former violin member)

Boy Scouts of America Certified Counselor for the Music Merit Badge

 

CONTINUING EDUCATION

Charlotte Piano Teachers Forum Programs

UNCG-Focus on Piano Literature Seminars/Recitals

NCMTA (North Carolina Music Teachers Association)

     State Conferences
     State Workshops

MTNA (Music Teachers National Associaion)

     National Conferences

     National Leadership Summits, Cincinnati, OH (9)

National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, Chicago, IL (2007)

American Liszt Society Festival (2011)

Peter Mack Recital & Master Class Workshop, Raleigh, NC (2018)

Marina Lomazov Recital & Master Class Workshop, Raleigh, NC (2013)

Nelita True Recital & Master Class Workshop, Raleigh, NC (2011)

 

PUBLICATIONS

American Music Teacher (National Magazine of Music Teachers National Association)

  • Six Music Book Reviews
  • Numerous MTNA Southern Division Articles

North Carolina Music Teacher (State Journal for NC Music Teachers Association)

  • Numerous Presidential Articles
  • Numerous Piano Teacher Section Articles
 

GUEST SPEAKER
  • 2016 NC Federation State Conference (New Bern, NC)
  • 2010 NCMTA State Conference Banquet (UNC-Wilmington, NC)



COMPOSITION PRESENTATIONS

Invited to present Sessions on Teaching Composition to the following organizations:

 

NATIONAL MUSIC CONFERENCE PRESENTATION

Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) National Conference in NYC (2012)

 
STATE MUSIC CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

North Carolina Federation of Music Clubs 100th State Conference, Raleigh, NC (2017) 

Texas Music Teachers Association State Conference, Dallas, TX (2017)

North Carolina Music Teachers Association 50th State Conference, Greensboro, NC (2009) 

South Carolina Music Teachers Association 50th State Conference, Charleston, SC  (2010)
 
UNIVERSITY and COLLEGE PEDAGOGY CLASS PRESENTATIONS

Elon University Pedagogy Students (2019, 2016, 2010)

UNC-Greensboro Pedagogy Students (2016, 2012, 2010, 2009)

Salem College Pedagogy Students (2018, 2010)

Winthrop University Pedagogy Students (2011, 2010)

UNC-Charlotte Pedagogy Students (2015, 2011)

University of Georgia MTA Student Chapter (2012)

 
LOCAL MUSIC TEACHERS ASSOCIATION PRESENTATIONS

Charlotte Piano Teachers Association (2018)

Greensboro Music Teachers Association (2015, 2010)

Columbia (SC) Music Teachers Association (2012)

Greenville (SC) Music Teachers Association (2012)

Winston-Salem Piano Teachers Association (2012)

Durham Music Teachers Association (2011)

Dutch Fork Music Teachers Association (Columbia, SC (2011)

High Point Piano Teachers Association (2010)

Raleigh Piano Teachers Association (2010)

Chapel Hill Music Teachers Association (2010)

 

COMPOSITION WORKSHOPS (for Teacher’s Studios and Music Schools)

Pat King Piano Students (Greensboro) (2018)

Music Academy South (Raleigh) (2011)

Perkins-Brooks Piano Studio (2011)

 

INDEPENDENT MUSIC TEACHER PRESENTATIONS
Invited to present Sessions on establishing The Independent Music Teacher's Studio to the following organizations:
 
UNIVERSITY and COLLEGE PEDAGOGY CLASS PRESENTATIONS
Elon University Pedagogy Students (2019)
Salem College Pedagogy Students (2018, 2016)
UNC-Greensboro Pedagogy Students (2016, 2012)
Mars Hill University Pedagogy Students (2014)
UNC-Charlotte Pedagogy Students (2015)
 

ASSOCIATIONS

Charlotte Piano Teachers Forum (President 1997-1999)

Charlotte Music Club (Past Board Member)

Charlotte Music Teachers Association (Board Member)

Friends of Music at Queens University (Past President)

Friends of Music at Salem College (Board Member)

North Carolina Music Teachers Association (President 1999-2001)

North Carolina Federation of Music Clubs (Charlotte Festival Past Chairman)

MTNA Southern Division

     Director (2006-2008)
     President (2004-2006)

MTNA (Music Teachers National Association)

     National Nominating Committee (2015-2017)
     National Board of Directors (2006-2008)
     National Local Association Forum Chair (2006-08)
 

PERSONAL HONORS

2017 Steinway Top Teacher Award

2016 Steinway Top Teacher Award

2012 Teacher of the Year Award with North Carolina Music Teachers Association (NCMTA)

2012 Hall of Fame Award with UNC-Greensboro Summer Music Camp
2007 National Foundation Fellow Award with Music Teachers National Association (MTNA)

Listed with:

Who’s Who in American Women
Who’s Who in America
Who’s Who in the World
Outstanding Musicians of the 20th Century