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​laura williamson

Pianist, Teacher

Nationally recognized as a progressive piano educator, Laura is in frequent demand as a consultant, adjudicator, guest speaker, and mentor. She has given presentations at national conferences throughout the United States, including the MTNA National Conference, World Piano Pedagogy Conference,  the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy,  GP3 the National Group Piano and Piano Pedagogy Forum, as well as numerous state and local events. Laura’s research and performing interests are diverse, ranging from the role of the Internet in piano instruction, to the teaching of technique and sight-reading, to the piano music of J.S. Bach and Johannes Brahms.

As a pedagogical author and editor, Laura has had articles and reviews published in Piano and Keyboard,Keyboard Companion, American Music Teacher, and the on-line journal Piano Pedagogy Forum. She is a consulting editor for The Frederick Harris Music Company, and in that capacity has been involved in major publications such as The Celebration Series, Four Star Sight Reading, Exploring Music History, and Sound Advice Theory and Ear Training.

A nationally certified member of Music Teachers National Association, Laura holds degrees from the Royal Conservatory of Music, the University of Western Ontario, Southern Methodist University, and the University of Oklahoma. Her former teachers include the internationally respected pedagogical authors and editors E.L. Lancaster and Jane Magrath, and Dr. Peter Simon, currently President of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.

Since relocating to Pennsylvania in 2010 Laura has become a visible member of her musical community. In Johnstown she sings with the Johnstown Symphony Chorus, and  has performed several times on the First Lutheran “Music at Noon” series as a solo and collaborative pianist. She has judged the Pennsylvania State MTNA Piano Competitions, and  has been engaged as a clinician for several member affiliates of the Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association. Laura is currently a part-time member of the music faculty at University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown, where she teaches music history. She  maintains a professional teaching studio at  her home in Johnstown, where she lives with her husband David and daughters Rebecca and Jessica, and she teaches recreational classes for adults at  Piano For Pleasure, her second location inside the Art Works building of Bottleworks Ethnic Arts Center in Cambria City.

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Laura Williamson, DMA, NCTM, is an active pianist and teacher who enjoys working with students of all ages and abilities. She has held faculty positions at colleges and universities in South Carolina, Ohio, North Carolina, Michigan and Pennsylvania. A specialist in piano teacher training and mentoring, while she was Director of Keyboard Pedagogy at Capital University  she founded Beginning Piano for Children in Capital’s Community Music School. This program  offered group and private lessons to neighborhood children while providing supervised student teaching experiences for undergraduate piano majors.


aura Williamson, DMA, NCTM, is an active pianist and teacher who enjoys working with students of all ages and abilities. She has held faculty positions at colleges and universities in South Carolina, Ohio, North Carolina, Michigan and Pennsylvania. A specialist in piano teacher training and mentoring, while she was Director of Keyboard Pedagogy at Capital University  she founded Beginning Piano for Children in Capital’s Community Music School. This program  offered group and private lessons to neighborhood children while providing supervised student teaching experiences for undergraduate piano majors.

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