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Memoir

Joanne A. Smith
Regents' Proceedings 226

Joanne A. Smith, associate professor of music (piano), retired from active faculty status on December 31, 2000.

Professor Smith received her B.M. degree in piano performance from MacPhail College of Music in 1960. From 1961-74, she was an independent piano instructor and studied at the University of Denver, the University of Wisconsin, and the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. She was an instructor of music at the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music from 1974-76 and received her M.M. degree there in 1978. From 1977-79, she was director of children's piano programs at the University of Toledo and in 1979 she became director of the Creative Arts Program at Bowling Green State University. She taught piano pedagogy at both the University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University from 1977-83. Professor Smith joined the University of Michigan faculty in 1983 as assistant professor of music and was promoted to associate professor in 1989.

Professor Smith was the sole teacher of piano pedagogy and founded and directed the Piano Pedagogy Laboratory Program. She revitalized the curriculum in piano pedagogy, and under her leadership the graduate program was selected by the National Conference on Piano Pedagogy as one of four exemplary graduate degree programs to serve as models for the National Association of Schools of Music accreditation. A number of her students have been winners of the prestigious D. H. Baldwin Pedagogy Awards.

Professor Smith was active in state and national professional associations and served as music review editor for Piano Quarterly Magazine. She is the recipient of numerous honors and awards. In 1985, in collaboration with colleagues in the Division of Rehabilitation Engineering at the Medical School, she received a national award for the development of a prosthesis for playing the piano. She was an exceptional teacher and a national leader in the development and codification of piano pedagogy principles.

The Regents now salute this faculty member by naming Joanne A. Smith associate professor emerita of music (piano).