Dr. Lesley McAllister

Dr. Lesley McAllister
Professor of Piano
Director of Piano Pedagogy
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Professor of Piano
Director of Piano Pedagogy

Piano Pedagogy

Lesley McAllister is Professor of Piano and Director of Piano Pedagogy at Baylor University. In addition to teaching piano pedagogy, she also teaches courses on performer wellness and class piano, and directs the Piano Laboratory Program for children in the community. Dr. McAllister holds degrees from the University of Houston, Florida State University, and the University of Oklahoma. The former chair of the editorial board for the MTNA E-Journal, her research interests include imagery, mind-body relaxation techniques for performance anxiety, mental rehearsal, and yoga for musicians. In 2019, she was awarded the Outstanding Faculty Award in Research for Tenured Professors at Baylor University. An active clinician, she has presented at such national conferences as the Music Teachers National Association, National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, Group Piano and Piano Pedagogy (GP3) Forum, and the College Music Society, as well as the International Society of Music Educators international conference. Published several times in American Music Teacher, she was awarded the 2010 “Article of the Year" award by the Music Teachers National Association. She has also been published in Clavier Companion, Piano Pedagogy Forum, and the MTNA E-Journal and is a certified RYT-200 yoga instructor. The author of The Balanced Musician: Integrating Mind and Body for Peak Performance, her second book, Yoga in the Music Studio, was recently released by Oxford Press.


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