Piano Pedagogy and Class Piano
Justine Karmel Sasanfar is Assistant Professor of Piano Pedagogy at Wichita State University where she coordinates the class piano and piano pedagogy programs. Dr. Sasanfar is active as a teacher, artist and researcher. Passionate about nurturing enthusiasm and joy for music at the piano, she has taught students of all ages and abilities in private and group settings.
A native of Minnesota, Dr. Sasanfar served as Founding Director and Piano Instructor of the Mount Calvary Academy of Music, a community music school in Excelsior, Minnesota, from 2002-2007. Other appointments include serving on the faculties of The Florida State University Summer Piano Camp and the National Institute of Music at Cranbrook in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
Dr. Sasanfar is a frequent collaborator with vocalists, instrumentalists, and choirs, and is also in demand as a chamber musician and soloist in diverse musical settings. She has presented papers at the Desert Skies Symposium and the National Association for Music Education National Conference, and has published articles in the Journal of Research in Music Education, The String Research Journal, and American Music Teacher. Her choral arrangements, written in collaboration with her husband Michael Hanawalt, have been published by Boosey & Hawkes.
Dr. Sasanfar completed a PhD in Music Education-Piano Pedagogy from The Florida State University, MM degrees in Piano Pedagogy and Collaborative Piano Performance at Michigan State University, and a BM in Piano Performance from St. Olaf College.
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