Dr. Virginia Houser is associate professor of piano, pedagogy and group keyboard, and director of the music preparatory program at Kansas State University. She holds a B.A. from Columbia College (SC) and a Master of Music degree and Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance and pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma.She is an active solo and collaborative pianist with concerts and workshops in many cities around Kansas and the United States. As a frequent adjudicator and clinician, she works with all levels and ages of students. In addition to her teaching duties at K.S.U., she maintains a precollege studio. Dr. Houser is a past president of Kansas Music Teachers Association.
Dr. Houser has published a number of articles which may be of interest and value to music educators.
- Making Music a Life Profession This article was a featured publication in the American Music Teacher Magazine.
- Memorization: -- An Integral Part of Muscianship at Every Level From the Alfred Sheet Music Club Newsletter, Fall, 1995.
- Get Your Students Writing Encourage your students to compose as part of their regular music training. This article was in the Junior Keynotes Magazine.
- Historical Perspectives on Piano Practice, The Etude Magazine, 1899 - 1957 This article was a report to the National Pedagogy Conference in Chicago in October, 1996.
- Some Reflections on Preparing for a Recital Do you have pre-performance jitters? Then read this article from Piano Guild Notes.
- Digital Keyboard vs. Acoustic Piano - What Is Better For Practice? That question is pondered by Dr. Houser in an article in the Winter, 1996, Keyboard Companion Magazine.