The Yamaha Master Educator Collective

You have a long list of goals when you enter the classroom each day: Be a better music educator. Help students succeed. Feel inspired and empowered.

We can help you achieve all of your goals with our Yamaha Master Educator Collective, a
roster of 30 all-star educators. This esteemed group covers a range of school levels and topics, and offers music teachers mentorship, expert advice and tried-and-true tips that will support and enhance your music programs.

The Yamaha Master Educator Collective currently has three distinct groupings:

  • Band and Orchestra is made up of instrumental conductors or educators who specialize in the advancement of instrumental music education. Each is celebrated in several areas of expertise including conducting technique, rehearsal strategy, student leadership, program building, retention and more.
  • Keyboard Pedagogy comprises renowned and adept educators and composers who teach piano pedagogy, keyboard labs and keyboard methods in a K-12 or post-secondary setting. They are accomplished in many areas including virtual keyboard lab settings, adult learning, connecting the student to the music and more.
  • Music Business and Entrepreneurship includes educators and career professionals who specialize in teaching music business and arts entrepreneurship in the modern music industry. They prepare students for a wide range of career paths in the music industry. Their mastery covers a variety of topics including income diversification, unlocking innovation, music copyright and more.  

The Yamaha Master Educators are available to work on-site with music teachers during staff development, as well as speak and conduct appointments with state music education associations, district meetings for music teachers and fine arts departments, districtwide in-service days, and both virtual and in-person clinics for educators or students.

To learn more about the collective and to discuss which Yamaha Master Educator and topic will best meet your needs, please contact Jalissa Gascho at jgascho@yamaha.com.

View the Yamaha Master Educator Collective brochure

Meet the Yamaha Master Educators

Daniel Berard

Daniel Berard

BAND AND ORCHESTRA
Assistant Dir. of Bands
Wakeland High School
Frederic Chiu

Frederic Chiu

KEYBOARD PEDAGOGY
Assistant Prof. of Piano
Carnegie Mellon University
Mirian Conti

Mirian Conti

KEYBOARD PEDAGOGY
Faculty of the Evening Division
The Juilliard School
Dr. Travis J. Cross

Dr. Travis J. Cross

BAND AND ORCHESTRA
Prof. of Music, Chair of the Music Department
University of California, Los Angeles
Dr. David Cutler

Dr. David Cutler

MUSIC BUSINESS
Distinguished Prof. of Music, Dir. of Music Entrepreneurship
University of South Carolina
Dr. Rodney Dorsey

Dr. Rodney Dorsey

BAND AND ORCHESTRA
Prof. of Music in Bands
Indiana University
Douglas Droste

Douglas Droste

BAND AND ORCHESTRA
Dir. of Orchestras
Ball State University
Serona Elton

Serona Elton

MUSIC BUSINESS
Dir. of the Music Business and Entertainment Industries Program
University of Miami
Frost School of Music
Cheryl Floyd

Cheryl Floyd

BAND AND ORCHESTRA
Retired Dir. of Bands
Hill Country Middle School
Richard Floyd

Richard Floyd

BAND AND ORCHESTRA
State Dir. of Music Emeritus
The University of Texas at Austin
Kevin Ford

Kevin Ford

BAND AND ORCHESTRA
Dir. of the Leadership Conservatory for the Arts
Tarpon Springs High School
Larry Gookin

Larry Gookin

BAND AND ORCHESTRA
Distinguished Prof. and Emeritus Prof. of Music
Central Washington University
Jeffrey Grogan

Jeffrey Grogan

BAND AND ORCHESTRA
Dir. of Orchestral Activities, Prof. of Music
Oklahoma City University
Dr. Donny Gruendler

Dr. Donny Gruendler

MUSIC BUSINESS
Vice President of Music Education
Guitar Center
Barry Houser

Barry Houser

BAND AND ORCHESTRA
Associate Dir. of Bands, Dir. of Athletic Bands
University of illinois, Champaign-Urbana
Jerry Junkin

Jerry Junkin

BAND AND ORCHESTRA
Dir. of Bands, Prof. of Instrumental Conducting
The University of Texas at Austin
Phillip Keveren

Phillip Keveren

KEYBOARD PEDAGOGY
Composer/Pianist
Co-author of the Hal Leonard Student Piano Library
Craig Kirchhoff

Craig Kirchhoff

BAND AND ORCHESTRA
Prof. of Conducting, Dir. Emeritus of University Bands
University of Minnesota
Gary Lewis

Gary Lewis

BAND AND ORCHESTRA
Dir. of Orchestral Studies, Prof. of Conducting
University of Colorado Boulder
Anthony Maiello

Anthony Maiello

BAND AND ORCHESTRA
Prof. of Music
George Mason University
Andrea McAlister

Andrea McAlister

KEYBOARD PEDAGOGY
Associate Prof. of Piano Pedagogy, Oberlin College;
Dir. of Digital Content, Frances Clark Center; Senior Editor, Piano Magazine
Marcia Neel

Marcia Neel

BAND AND ORCHESTRA
Clinician, Educator, Consultant,
Senior Dir. of Education
Yamaha Corporation of America
Dr. Jeffrey Nytch

Dr. Jeffrey Nytch

MUSIC BUSINESS
Dir. of the Entrepreneurship Center for Music
University of Colorado Boulder
Pamela Pike

Pamela Pike

KEYBOARD PEDAGOGY
Herndon Spillman Prof. of Piano Pedagogy
Louisiana State University
Editor-in-Chief, Piano Magazine
Michael Pote

Michael Pote

BAND AND ORCHESTRA
Dir. of Bands
Carmel High School
Dr. Stan Renard

Dr. Stan Renard

MUSIC BUSINESS
Assistant Prof. of Music Marketing, Assistant Dir. of Arts Incubation Research Lab
The University of Texas at San Antonio
Dr. Kevin Sedatole

Dr. Kevin Sedatole

BAND AND ORCHESTRA
Prof. of Music, Dir. of Bands
Michigan State University
Omar Thomas

Omar Thomas

BAND AND ORCHESTRA
Assistant Prof. of Composition
The University of Texas at Austin, Butler School of Music
Dr. Emily Threinen

Dr. Emily Threinen

BAND AND ORCHESTRA
Dir. of Bands, Associate Prof. of Music
University of Minnesota
Marguerite Wilder

Marguerite Wilder

BAND AND ORCHESTRA
Middle School Conductor,
Clinician and Consultant

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