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 in performance from the University of Houston, where she studied with Nancy Weems, and Florida State University, as well as a DMA in piano performance and pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma, where she studied with Jane Magrath. 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, and she received a Centennial Professor Award in 2021 to assist with the development of an elementary-level piano method book utilizing mindful movement. 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 currently serves as the Wellness Column Editor for Clavier Companion. She is a certified RYT-200 yoga instructor and serves as the Faculty-in-Residence for Texana House, an all-female residence hall at Baylor. 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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