I am not only a performing artist. I place high value on my educational mission to educate students and the public about our art, and to enable it to survive and grow into a vibrant future. My publications range from a book about Scriabin (co-author with Lincoln Ballard, with John Bell Young), various articles, a growing series of educational videos, and a massive open online course (MOOC) series on piano sonatas for Coursera, coming soon.
A modern, interdisciplinary introduction to and reference to the composer, published by Rowman and Littlefield Press.
At the time of its publication (2017), it was the first significant English book on Scriabin to have appeared in many years.
“Exploring Piano Literature: the Piano Sonata” is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) series due to launch on Coursera in May of 2021. Course One considers the origins of the genre and repertoire through Haydn and Mozart. Course Two looks at Beethoven and Romantic sonatas, and Course Three introduces the repertoire of Russian piano sonatas and a small list of other landmark works of the 20th and 21st centuries. Through this MOOC Series I discuss how sonatas are put together and demonstrate long-term developments in style. I play excerpts of the music, whenever practical, on the kinds of instruments that were known to the composers. The series is geared to a level that is approachable for the general public, but an Honors Specialization option is also available for the needs of music students. I hope that this MOOC series will help make a deeper acquaintance with and understanding of our major repertoire accessible to amateurs, music lovers, and professionals in training across the globe.
Piano Literature Corner is a series of educational productions that I curate on the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance website. All materials there are intended both for SMTD use and as public educational outreach. I hope they will be of interest to students and teachers, amateurs and professionals.
An example project nearing completion is a series of performances of and discussions about Chopin’s Mazurkas.
Other projects found on that site include a series on the Debussy Preludes and on the music of George Walker. Other projects in the pipeline include information on the music of Bartók and Szymanowski.