Professor and Director
School of Music
Keith Ward, piano, is a performer, scholar, writer, reviewer, panelist, workshop facilitator, and accreditation evaluator. From 2012 through 2014, he was a member of the Commission on Accreditation for the National Association of Schools of Music, and he continues to serve as an on-site evaluator for the association. As a pianist he has appeared in concerts of artist series, on college campuses, and on radio as a soloist, chamber musician, or vocal accompanist. In essays, reviews, critical editions, presentations, and in his book, For the Parlor & the Concert Stage (Pendragon Press, 2010), his scholarship has focused on American piano music of the 18th and 19th centuries, Arnold Schoenberg and Charles Ives, musical responses to the AIDS pandemic, and pedagogy and teaching. Ward teaches music business and music literature. He also has taught studio piano, an array of courses in music history and theory, and interdisciplinary studies.
B.M., West Chester University, 1978; M.M., D.M., Northwestern University, 1979, 1986