Dr. Michael Ard

Michael Ard was Professor Emeritus of Keyboard Studies at Baylor University, where he taught undergraduate and graduate piano, piano pedagogy, piano ensemble, and twentieth-century piano literature.

His undergraduate piano study was done at the Morningside College Conservatory of Music in Sioux City, Iowa, followed by study with Josef Raieff at the Juilliard School in New York City. His Master of Music degree was completed at Indiana University, working under Walter Robert. The Doctor of Musical Arts degree was completed at the University of Arizona, where he studied with Richard Faith and Edna Church.

Dr. Ard also spent four years in Dallas, working with one of Texas's finest artist-teachers, Bomar Cramer. Post-doctoral work included courses at the University of Maryland, Laval University (Quebec, Canada), Westminster Choir College (Princeton, New Jersey), and the Centre Tomatis in Paris, France, where he has done extensive work with renowned listening specialist, Dr. Alfred A. Tomatis.

Michael Ard has performed in recital on television, radio, and concert stages throughout the midwest and southwest. Prior to joining the Baylor University music faculty in 1968, he taught piano at Indiana University and at the University of Arizona.

In 1998, Dr. Ard was designated as the Outstanding Tenured Professor by Baylor University. Dr. Ard was selected to appear in a Master Class conducted by Rudolph Ganz at the National Convention of the American Symphony Orchestra League. He did the premiere performance of composer/pianist Richard Faith's Third Piano Sonata on radio. Faith wrote for and dedicated to Michael Ard a group of preludes which are published by Shawnee Press.

He has served frequently as adjudicator and clinician for the Music Teachers National Association, the Texas Music Teachers Association, the Texas Music Educators Association, the University Interscholastic League, and the American Federation of Musicians, and he has judged many other solo and concerto competitions. His students have placed and achieved the finals of several statewide and national competitions.

During the past few years, Dr. Ard has done extensive work in the areas of Music and the Brain, Imagery and the Creative Process, Stress Reduction and Performance Anxiety, The Breath Power of Music at the Piano, and the Tomatis Listening Training for Musicians. He presents workshops in these areas.

In addition to his work as a pianist, Dr. Ard has collaborated as librettist for three operas by Richard Faith; Sleeping Beauty and Beauty and the Beast (both funded by the University of Arizona) and The Little Match Girl (funded by Baylor University). These operas have been performed throughout the United States.