Professor Emeritus, piano

B.M., B.A, Rhodes College; M.M. University of Memphis; D.M., Indiana University.

As a graduate of Indiana University, Dr. Patricia Brady’s major teachers included James Tocco, Sidney Foster, and Daniel Fletcher. In addition to teaching graduate piano pedagogy at JMU, Dr. Brady coordinates the Keyboard Skills Area, supervising graduate instructors who provide instruction in piano to music majors.

Dr. Brady has performed solo and chamber music recitals in the U.S. and in Europe, and has conducted lectures and workshops on a variety of piano related topics. Research and study of Rachmaninoff’s Etudes-Tableaux resulted in a doctoral dissertation and performances of these important works. Another area of research has focused on visual associations (color, light, atmosphere) in piano works from the late 19th century to the present. This endeavor led to lecture-recitals featuring the piano music of Liszt, Debussy, Ravel, Griffes, Bartok, Prokofiev, and George Crumb. In 2000-2003, Dr. Brady received university research grants which led to performances of piano and chamber works of the French composer, Albert Roussel. These works were featured in recitals performed in the U.S., France, Belgium and Portugal.

In the area of pedagogy, Dr. Brady has pioneered strategies for incorporating composition and collaborative performance into pre-college piano study, and has included composition as part of a regular regimen of music study for young pianists.  In addition to teaching activities at JMU, Dr. Brady maintains a private piano studio and is active in Virginia and nearby states as a clinician, adjudicator, and coordinator for theory testing and performance auditions.


Piano Professors and Technicians

Lori Piltz

Lori Piitz
Professor, Piano Area Coordinator
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Scott Zane Smith
Coordinator, Supervisor, Instructor
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John Veitch
Piano Technician
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