2011 Teacher of the Year - Paul Stewart


Teaching/professional achievements –

Number of years teaching experience equals Fifty- one years as an Independent piano teacher, University group piano Professor, Piano Pedagogy Professor and Professor of Piano Performance Studies.



1985       D.M., Florida State University

1970       M.M., University of Illinois

1965       B.M., Indiana University

1965       B.M.E., Indiana University




2010                     Associate Chair of the Music Performance Department, UNCG

2006 -                   Professor of Music, UNCG

1997 - 2010          Keyboard Division/Department Chair, UNCG

1986 - 2006          Associate Professor of Music, UNCG

1974 - 1986          Assistant Professor of Music, UNCG

1970 - 1974          Instructor of Music, UNCG

1966 - 1969          74th United States Army Band



Honors, recognition, and awards

2009 NCMTA Lifetime Service Award, Presented at the 50th Anniversary Conference of NCMTA, UNCG, Greensboro, NC.

2008 New York State Music Teachers Association Special Citation for contributions to the musical community as a performer, pedagogue, and MTNA leader.

2003 MTNA Foundation Fellow Award for “Distinguished Service to the Music Teaching Profession.”  Presented at the March, 2003 MTNA Foundation Gala, Salt Lake City, with 400 in attendance.


Selected Performances, Teacher Workshops, Publications and Administrative Accomplishments

August 12-13, 2011 – Performer and workshop clinician at the Sutter Creek Ragtime Festival, California.

April 8, 2011 – A 90-minute Conference presentation titled “Ragtime, its sources and influences” was given for “The Art of Public Memory” Regional Conference, UNCG Campus.

June 3-5, 2010 – Focus on Piano Literature, “Schumann and Mendelssohn”: performance and Pedagogy session.

February 12, 2010 – Ragtime Piano Workshop for the Nashville Music Teachers Association, Steinway Piano Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee.

June 10 – 13, 2009 – Florida State Music Teachers Association State Conference Presentation, “Classic Ragtime Piano Music, Its characteristics, sources, and influences,” Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida.

October 17-18, 2008 – New York Music Teachers Association State Conference Presentation, “Classic Ragtime Piano Music, Its characteristics, sources, and influences,”  State University of New York at New Paltz.

July 21, 2008 -  ISME International Conference Presentation in Bologna, Italy.  “American Ragtime Piano Music, culturally and historically relevant repertoire for teaching the basic elements of rhythm, melody, harmony and form.”

June 5-7, 2008- Focus on Piano Literature, “Paris in the 1920’s”: “American in Paris” session and “Teaching the Composers of Paris in the 1920’s” session.

April 22 and April 29, 2007 – Recording sessions for “Paul Stewart Performs Rhythm and Rags” CD recorded by ABAYA Productions and V4 Production Group.  The CD was released, May, 2007.

July 23, 2006 – ISME International Conference Presentation in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. “The History and Current Practice of Group Piano for beginning to early intermediate students in the Colleges and Universities of the United States of America – Some general information”

June 12, 2005 – Piano Performance for the Certification Reception, Texas Music Teachers Convention, San Antonio, Texas

June 2-5, 2005– Piano Performances at the Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival, Sedalia, Missouri

April 5, 2005 – Piano Performance for the Certification Reception, MTNA National Conference, Seattle, Washington

March 23, 2005 – Piano recital at North Carolina A & T State University, Greensboro, North Carolina

February 4, 2005 – Solo Recital at East Tennessee State University

January 20, 2005 – Recital at High Point University, High Point, North Carolina

November 23, 2004 – Piano recital, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky

October 17, 2004 - Faculty Piano Recital, UNCG School of Music, Greensboro, NC

October 12, 2004 – Piano recital, Longwood College, Virginia

September 24, 2004 - Ragtime lecture/Recital, Bryan College, Tennessee

July 15, 2004 - Rocky Mountain Ragtime Festival, Boulder, Colorado. – Solo performance on the Opening Night Concert.  Performer at the “After Burner Sessions.”

February 15, 2004 - Burlington Presbyterian Sunday at 5:00 Series – Ragtime Lecture/Recital

February 13, 2004 - Catawba College – Ragtime Lecture/Recital

January 29, 2004 - UNCG Chamber Music Series – Duo-Piano with DiPiazza

November 4, 2003 - Kennesaw State University, Georgia – Ragtime Lecture/Recital

October 14, 2003 - University of North Florida at Jacksonville – Ragtime Lecture/Recital

March 25, 2003 - Faculty Solo participant for the SAI Recital featuring the music of Women Composers.

September 11, 2002 – UNCG Memorial Concert, Solo performance

February 7, 2002 - Pianist for Schubert's Trout Quintet, UNCG Chamber Music Series.

October 16, 2001 – Solo Piano Recital for the Artist Series, Campbell University

June 8-10, 2000 - Focus on Piano Literature:  Commissioned and performed Jupiters Moons, a six

movement work by Judith Zaimont

February 5, 1998 - Piano Faculty Convocation.  Performance of the Rigoletto Paraphrase by Franz Liszt.

June 12-14, 1997 - Concert, Brahms Focus on Piano Literature: Two Sarabandes and Two Rhapsodies, Op.79.

October 27, 1996 - NCMTA State Convention, Methodist College, Fayetteville, NC.   Clara Schumanns

Songs arranged by Franz Liszt and Clara Schumann's Three Romances.

October 24, 1996 - UNCG School of Music Convocation, Clara Schumann's Songs arranged by Franz

Liszt and Clara Schumann's Three Romances, op. 21.

June 13-15, 1996 - Concert, Clara Schumann Focus on Piano Literature, UNCG

May, 1996 - Piano Performance featuring the Piano Music of Clara Schumann, New Garden Friends Home, Greensboro.

June, 1995 - Concert, Bartok Focus on Piano Literature, UNCG

May, 1995 - Piano Performance featuring the Music of Bartok, New Garden Friends Home

June 18, 1994 - Piano Recital, Debussy Focus on Piano Literature, UNCG Campus

June 14, 1994 - Live Performance of Debussy on WFDD Radio, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem.

May 26, 1994 - Piano Performance featuring the Music of Debussy, Friends Home West, Greensboro.

May 18, 1994 - Piano Performance featuring the Music of Debussy, New Garden Friends Home, Greensboro.

May 13, 1994 - Lecture/Recital on the Piano Music of Debussy for the Friday Morning Music Club High Point, North Carolina

March 7, 1994 - Lecture/Recital for the Alliance Franchise de Greensboro, Alumni House, Titled "The Piano Music of Debussy"

February 27, 1994 - Solo Piano Recital, UNCG School of Music

June 15, 1993 - Live Piano Performance and Interview:  "The Piano Music of Grieg," Wake Forest University Radio Station, WFDD, 88.5

May 24, 1993 - Piano Performance:  "The Music of Grieg," The Good Morning Show, WFMY-TV

March 15, 1990 - Piano Recital, University of North Carolina at Wilmington

March 13, 1990 - Piano Recital, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina

March 10, 1988 - Piano Recital, Southeastern Community College, Whiteville, NC

February 4, 1988 - Piano Recital and Master Class, Gardner-Webb College

February 26, 1985 - Piano soloist with the Florida State Symphony, Liszt Totentanz.

April 15, 1982 - Piano Recital, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

November 23, 1980 - Piano soloist with George Kiorpes and the UNCG Symphony, Mozart Two-Piano

Concerto, K. 365.

November 12, 1974 - Piano Soloist with the UNCG Sinfonia, Mozart Piano Concerto, K. 453.

April 16 and 30, 1974 - Pianist for the Klavier Trio, Stratford College, Danville, Virginia, Elon College, NC.

April 16, 1973 - Pianist for the Italian Song Book of Hugo Wolf, Lindsey Peters and William McIver, Faculty Voice Recital.

1972-73 - Piano Soloist with the North Carolina Symphony, Wilkesboro, Laurinburg, Roanoke Rapids, and Asheboro, Mozart Piano Concerto, K. 488 and Liszt Totentanz.



Selected Workshops, Professional Conferences and Master Classes

February 12, 2010 –  Ragtime Piano Workshop for the Nashville Music Teachers Association, Steinway Piano Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee.

November 18, 2009 –  Ragtime Piano Workshop for the Raleigh Music Teachers Association, Meredith College, Raleigh, NC.

March 13, 2009 –  Roanoke Piano Teachers Association Monthly Meeting Pedagogy Session, “Classic ragtime Piano Music, Its characteristics, sources, and influences” – Performance and Powerpoint presentation.  Grandin Court Baptist church,  Roanoke, Virginia.

March 5, 2009 – Ragtime Performance and PowerPoint presentation for the Department of Music, Winston-Salem State University,  Fine Arts Building.  Winston-Salem, North Carolina

September 2-4, 2005 – “Ragtime’s influence on 20th Century American Music,” European Piano Teachers Conference, Manchester, England

August 3-6, 2005 –MTNA Representative for the concert featuring MTNA Competition Winners, National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, Oak Brook, Illinois

June 2-5, 2005 – Seminar, “Bands,  Bars, and Banjos: influences on Ragtime,” and Performances at the Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival, Sedalia, Missouri

April 23, 2005 – Recital, Workshop and Master Class for the Brevard County Music Teachers Association, Melbourne, Florida

March 15, 2005 – Workshop for the Greenville, South Carolina Music teachers

February 17-18, 2005 – Leadership Conference Participant, the American Society of Association Executives, Phoenix, Arizona.

February 15, 2005 – Workshop for the High Point Piano Teachers Association

February 5, 2005 - Workshop for the Appalachian Music Teachers Association, East Tennessee State University

November 19, 2004 – Workshop for the Winston-Salem Music Teachers Association

November 12-14, 2004 – Florida State Music Teachers Conference, Performance/Workshop, Tallahassee, Florida

November 6, 2004 - College Music Society National Conference, San Francisco, CA. – “Ragtime and its influence on 20th Century Compositions”

November 5, 2004 - College Music Society Outreach Program.  Performed a Ragtime recital for the Stuart Hall High School, San Francisco, CA.

October 20, 2004 – Workshop for the Raleigh Piano Teachers

October 19, 2004 – Workshop for the Tidewater MTA, Virginia

September 23, 2004 – “Benefits of MTNA” and short performance for the Chattannooga TN Music Teachers

September 17, 2004 - Columbia, South Carolina Music Teachers – “Ragtime Workshop”

August 12, 2004 - National Federation of Music Clubs Conference, Wilmington, North Carolina – Ragtime Recital and Workshop

July 26-30, 2004 - Guest Artist for the University of Northern Kentucky Piano Institute (Recital and master Class)

June 3-5, 2004 – Faculty Recital Performance and college forum session “Some ideas for Performance Studies reforms,” Tennessee Music Teachers Association State Conference, University of Tennessee, Chattannooga, Tennessee

June 8, 2002 - Focus on Piano Literature:  Beethoven's Fur Elise and Sonata in E-flat Major,

Opus 27, No. 1, UNCG Campus

October 10 - 2001 - Piano Workshop for the Greensboro Music Teacher’s Association, “Performance Preparation.”

January 16, 1999 - Piano Master Class for the students of Carol FiField, Greensboro, NC

October 30, 1999 - NCMTA State Convention, East Carolina University. Participant on a Panel titled “The Preparation needed to be a Music Major”

June 12, 1999 - Focus on Piano Literature: Four Chopin Waltzes and the C-sharp minor Scherzo

June 11, 1999 - Focus on Piano Literature, The Chopin Waltzes, a pedagogical session.

June 11-13, 1998 - Focus on Piano Literature, Flute Clocks, Divertimenti, Variations and Minuets, a

pedagogical session on Intermediate Keyboard Literature by Joseph Haydn, assisted by students of Connie Kotis, Mary Alicia Cox and Carol FiField.

February 28, 1998 - Teacher of Piano Master Class sponsored by the Greensboro Music Academy,

Greensboro, NC.

June 12-14, 1997 - Focus on Piano Literature, Brahms Simplifies Brahms, a pedagogical session on the Sixteen waltzes, Opus 39, assisted by Greensboro Music Academy Students.

April 5, 1997 - Panelist for Pedagogy Saturday, "Teaching Internships for the Performance Major," MTNA National Convention, Dallas, Texas.

March 14, 1997 - Piano Workshop for the Winston-Salem Piano Teachers,  "A survey of 20th century

intermediate piano literature."  Piedmont Music Company, Winston-Salem, NC.

February 12, 1997 - Piano Workshop for the Greensboro Music Teachers Association, "A survey of 20th century intermediate piano literature."  Moore's Music, Greensboro, N.C.

June, 1995 - "Bartok in Asheville, North Carolina" - Focus on Piano Literature, UNCG Campus

June, 1995 - Session titled "The Mikrokosmos and other Memorable, Miniature Masterpieces:" A

Pedagogical  Survey, Bartok  Focus on Piano Literature

January 19, 1994 - Workshop for the Raleigh Piano Teachers Association, "Piano Technique and the Music of Debussy"

June 17-19, 1993 - Grieg Focus on Piano Literature, UNCG.  Solo piano, the Lyric Pieces: Two-piano performance with George Kiorpes, and session titled, "Narcissism, Nocturnes, Nostalgia and Norwegian Nationalism," The Lyric Pieces of Grieg  from a Teacher's Perspective.

November 19, 1991 - “The Mozart Variations, Some memorization ideas” for the Columbia, South Carolina Piano Teachers Association

September 13, 1991 - “The Mozart Variations” for the Winston-Salem Piano Teachers Association, Winston-Salem, NC.

June 21, 1991 - Focus on Piano Literature, “The Young Mozart”, UNCG.

March 13, 1991 - “Prokofiev, A Look at his ‘Music for Children’ and his other Intermediate level works plus a performance of the Second Piano Sonata,” Greensboro Music Teachers Association, Moore Music Company

November 11, 1990 - "Creating Etudes and Exercises from the Piano Repertoire," NCMEA/MENC

Southern Division In-Service Conference, Winston-Salem, NC.

February 13, 1990 - Piano Literature Workshop, Alamance Piano Teachers Association, Burlington, NC

January 17, 1989 - “Piano Master Class”  for the Durham Music Teachers Association, Durham,. NC

January 11, 1989 - “Piano Pedagogy” Piedmont Music Teachers Association, Martinsville, VA

November 14, 1988 - "Teaching Memorization for Successful Performance," MENC State Convention, Winston-Salem.

September 17, 1988 - NCMTA Contest Literature Workshop covering forty-six piano works, Raleigh, NC

September 10, 1988 - NCMTA Contest Literature Workshop covering forty-six piano works, Whiteville, NC

March 11, 1988 - Piano Master Class, at Southeastern Community College as part of their tenth Annual Piano Festival

February 10, 1988 - “Creating Etudes and Studies from the Repertoire,” a piano workshop for the Greensboro Music Teachers Association

April 10, 1986 - Lecture/Recital at the MTNA National Convention, Portland, Oregon, "George Rochberg's Carnival Music."

March 14, 1986 - “Improvisation ideas for your Piano Student” a piano workshop for the Roanoke Valley Piano Teachers, Roanoke, VA

January 10, 1985 - “Piano Pedagogy,” a workshop for the Rockingham County Music Teachers Association, Reidsville, NC

February 23, 1981 - Discussion and Performance of the Music of Scott Joplin for the Afro-American music course, Music 344

February 15, 1980 - “Piano Pedagogy” workshop for the Rockingham Piano Teachers Association, Wentworth, NC

October 26, 1979 - Class Piano Workshop for the A & T University Piano Instructors.

March 2, 1979 - "The Piano Proficiency for College Students," MENC Southern Division convention,

Nashville, TN.

September 24, 1977 - NCMTA Contest/Literature Presentation, Raleigh, NC

September 17, 1977 - NCMTA Contest/Literature Presentation, Pfeiffer College

November 6, 1977 - “Group Piano Teaching, “ North Carolina Music Educators Association In-Service Conference, Winston-Salem

January 18, 1977 - “Piano Pedagogy,” a workshop for the High Point Piano Teachers Association, High Point College

September, 1974 - School of Music Seminar: Careers in Music, “Private Studio Teaching and Accompanying”

May 8, 1974 - Class Piano Workshop for the High Point Piano Teachers Association

June 18-22, 1973 - Music Education Workshop in Group Piano Instruction. Topics: “The 15 Two-part Inventions of J.S. Bach, Analysis and Performance” - “Music for the Intermediate Student with emphasis on the works of Scott Joplin,” “The Baldwin Electronic Piano Laboratory and the Class Piano Program at UNC-G.” Students regularly enrolled for the first term of the 1973 Summer Session could register for one credit in Music 579b-1.




“The Piano Duet and the MTNA Piano Duet Competition” North Carolina Music Teacher, May, 2011

“The Page Turner” The American Music Teacher, August/September, 2006

“Adult Piano Lessons” Real Simple, October, 2005 (1.8 million circulation)

“Visions,” The American Music Teacher, August/September, 2005

“MTNA President Interview,” The American Music Teacher, June/July, 2005

“My First Piano Teacher,  Gertud Nettl” The American Music Teacher, April/May, 2005 issue.

“A review of ‘Practical Piano Pedagogy: The Definitive Text for Piano Teachers and Pedagogy Students’ by Martha Baker-Jordan, The American Music Teacher, October/November, 2003.

“MTNA and Learning for Life,” Music Teachers National Association Winter 2003/2004 Newsletter

"Teaching Internships for the Performance Major," 1997 MTNA Pedagogy Saturday  Proceedings.

“Graduate Assistantships and the Budget Process – A Faculty Budget committee Briefing Paper” April 1, 1997.

“Bartok's  Fantasy  I  and the Fifteen Hungarian  Peasant Songs“ Program Notes on June, 1995 - Focus on Piano Literature

"The Piano Music of George Rochberg and the New Romanticism," The American Music Teacher, January,


Editor, NCMTA Presidents Newsletter, 1986-1987

"The Nocturnes of John Field."  Doctoral Treatise, Florida State University, 1985.



UNCG Administrative assignments

                Coordinator of Class Piano Instruction, 1970 - .  16 sections, 190 students, 7 graduate assistants. As Class Piano Coordinator, I manage the syllabi, supervise and observe the class piano instructors, administer the Piano Proficiency, organize the initial placement of the students, and maintain the class

piano laboratory.

Undergraduate Advisor, 1970 - 1985. (Bachelor of Music Education - Piano Principals)1990 -1996. (B.M. Performance and B.A. in music)

                Keyboard Division Chair, 1996 - As Keyboard Division Chair, I coordinate and plan all Division Recitals, Master Classes, new student auditions, recital juries, end-of-semester juries and recruitment activities. Recruitment activities include letter writing, telephoning, and E-mailing as well as meeting with prospective students and parents.

                Music Camp and Piano Day Saturday.  In 1988 I organized the Summer Piano Camp.  Since then I have secured the 16 teacher piano camp staff each year and served  as piano camp coordinator with 180 piano students per summer.  I also organized and implemented Eight February High School Piano Day Saturdays, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2009 and 2011.

Chairman of the University Academic Policies and Regulations Committee (2002-2004)