Dr. Susanna Garcia
Susanna Garcia is the Coordinator of Keyboard at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where she teaches piano, piano pedagogy and lectures in the interdisciplinary humanities program. Dr. Garcia has presented workshops and papers on a variety of topics for the International Society for Music Education, College Music Society, Music Teachers National Association, National Association for Humanities Education, National Group Piano/Piano Pedagogy Forum, Louisiana Music Teachers Association and a host of state music teacher groups. Her work has appeared in such publications as Piano Pedagogy Forum, 19th Century Music and Interdisciplinary Humanities. Her article “Learning Styles and Piano Teaching” was selected for inclusion in the “Best of Piano Pedagogy Forum.” Garcia is the co-developer of eNovativePiano: Multimedia Resources for Developing Musicianship Skills, published online at eNovativePiano.com. Garcia currently serves on the executive committee of the National Group Piano/Piano Pedagogy Forum.
Garcia has performed concerts across the United States and in Canada, Mexico, Italy, and Ghana. Concert reviews praise her "impressive technical skills and musical communication in performance" and her "remarkable critical insights into music." In 1998, Garcia, along with pianist William Chapman Nyaho, released the first complete recording of Aaron Copland’s two-piano works on Centaur Records. Their recording has been called “the standard against which any future performances of these dances will be measured.” The CD has been featured on the BBC program “Desert Island Discs,” a program recommending recordings one would wish to have if shipwrecked on a desert island.
Dr. Garcia holds the Masters and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and the Bachelor of Music from Texas A&M at Corpus Christi, Texas. She is Professor of Music at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where she has taught since 1990. Dr. Garcia holds the Ruth Stodghill Girard Endowed Professorship in Music and in 2001 was named a University of Louisiana Distinguished Professor. She has most recently been named a Music Teachers National Association Foundation Fellow for 2012.