Board of Advisors
Martha Baker-Jordan is Professor Emeritus at California State University at Fullerton, where she taught piano pedagogy since 1975. During her tenure, she developed the undergraduate and graduate degrees in piano pedagogy. She is the author of the popular textbook, Practical Piano Pedagogy, and presents workshops across the US. She continues to serve the NCKP as Chair of the Committee on Research and is the editor of the Proceedings.
Marjore Chronister was a choral conductor in Texas and California for many years. From 1990-1999, she was co-publisher with her late husband, Richard Chronister, of Keyboard Companion and administrative assistant for the National Conference on Piano Pedagogy, 1979-1994.
Eliot Daley has a broad background in business management and development, including Managing Director of Innovation Associates and Vice President for Corporate Strategy of Aspect Medical Systems. In his retirement he serves as a strategy consultant and coach to leaders of organizations and business enterprises.
Brenda Dillon, longtime Project Director for the National Piano Foundation, is an education consultant for Roland US and a 2011 piano workshops clinician for Hal Leonard. She is a former associate editor of Keyboard Companion magazine and former editor of PianoNotes, the NPF newsletter. A recognized expert in the field of Recreational Music Making, she has developed RMM materials, written articles, and conducted teacher training seminars.
Bob Duke is the Marlene and Morton Meyerson Centennial Professor and Head of Music and Human Learning at The University of Texas at Austin, where his is University Distinguished Teaching Professor, Elizabeth Shatto Massey Distinguished Fellow in Teacher Education, and Director of the Center for Music Learning. He is also a member of the faculty and directs the psychology of human learning program at the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles.
Barbara E. Maris
Elvina T. Pearce studied piano with Isabelle Vengerova and pedagogy with Frances Clark. She was a founding faculty member of The New School for Music Study, one of the founders of The Frances Clark Center, Editor-in-Chief of Keyboard Companion magazine from 2000-2006, and has been actively involved with the Pedagogy Conference since 1985. As an author, composer, and presenter of workshops and recitals in more than 40 states as well as in Canada, The People's Republic of China, and Australia, Elvina has displayed excellence in the sharing of music with every expression of her creativity.
Nelita True has given recitals, master classes, and lectures on five continents and in all 50 states. Described in Clavier Companion magazine as "One of the world's most sought after and beloved pianist-teachers," she has recorded over 100 works and has served on the juries of many international competitions. She is currently Professor of Piano at the Eastman School of Music.