Keith Ward, Director of School of Music, Professor of Music
In the field of academic leadership Keith Ward has been active as a writer, reviewer, panelist, workshop facilitator, accreditation evaluator, and, beginning in 2012, a member of the Commission on Accreditation for the National Association of Schools of Music. As a pianist he has appeared in concerts on campuses and on radio, and he has presented clinics and workshops on piano teaching, piano repertoire, instructional technology, and piano pedagogy. In essays, reviews, critical editions, presentations, and his recently published book, For the Parlor & the Concert Stage, his scholarship has focused on Arnold Schoenberg and Charles Ives, American piano music of the 18th and 19th centuries, and musical responses to the AIDS pandemic.
"The School of Music at Puget Sound is a very special place. It succeeds in wedding pre-professional programs in music with the breadth of a liberal arts education. Its impressive and accomplished faculty members, many of them leaders in their respective fields, serve as outstanding mentors and model teachers. There also is a positive, supportive air about this school. It is a place where collaboration lies at the heart of its work."