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
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).