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Scott Price

Title: Carolina Distinguished Professor of Music / Piano and Piano Pedagogy
Coordinator of Piano Pedagogy
School of Music
Phone: 803-777-1870

School of Music Room 324


Piano Pedagogy Forum
USC Keyboard Studies



Dr. Scott Price currently serves as Carolina Distinguished Professor of Music, and Coordinator of Piano Pedagogy at the University of South Carolina School of Music.  A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, The Cleveland Institute of Music, and Bowling Green State University (OH), his recent engagements have included repeated invitations and performances and clinics at the national conventions of the Music Teachers National Association, the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, The Royal Conservatory of Music Professional Development Seminars, and solo recitals and presentations throughout AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CT, FL, GA, HI, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, WA, WI, WV, VA, and Washington DC.  Other engagements include performances, masterclasses, and lectures for organizations in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Malaysia, Spain, Thailand, Singapore, and in South Korea.

Dr. Price is the creator and served for 23 years as editor-in-chief of the on-line piano pedagogy journal “Piano Pedagogy Forum.” “Piano Pedagogy Forum” published more than 30 issues with participation from more than 100 writers from 84 different colleges/universities, over 28 different states and three foreign countries.  The Music Teachers National Association named “Piano Pedagogy Forum” as the recipient of the 2008 Frances Clark Keyboard Pedagogy Award.  

Dr. Price has recorded 39 full length recordings of educational piano music for Alfred Publishing Company and has published educational compositions with Alfred Publishing Company and the FJH Music Company. In addition, he created "The Inclusive Teaching Course” for The Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy, the first comprehensive online course for piano teachers who wish to include students with autism and other special needs in their piano studios. Dr. Price is a member of the Committee on Special Needs Students for the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, served three terms as President of the Board of Trustees of The Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy, and currently serves as chair of Collegiate Chapters for the South Carolina Music Teachers Association. Special teaching interests of Scott Price include teaching students with disabilities, very young children, and teaching keyboard improvisation to piano students ranging from beginning to advanced levels. His work with students with special needs has been featured on WISTV (SC) and WLTX (SC), and in Clavier Companion Magazine. One of Dr. Price’s students with autism was featured on Dateline NBC, and CNN.  

His collegiate students have performed with the University of South Carolina Symphony, have presented at conferences throughout the world, and have been winners of the Article of the year awards from The American Music Teacher journal, and the Music Teachers National Association eJournal. In addition, he has directed 41 doctoral dissertations and seven master’s degree theses. Dr. Price is the founder of the Carolina LifeSong Initiative that is dedicated to providing piano lesson and music experiences for students with special needs, and in fostering best practices in teaching and teacher training.  His book “Autism and Piano Study: A Basic Teaching Vocabulary” and two sets of “Evocations” for piano students were published in 2023 by Tom Gerou Music. He has been awarded the "Best of BGSU Outstanding Graduate" alumnus award from Bowling Green State University in Ohio in 2002 and was named a Foundation Fellow by the Music Teachers National Association in 2009. He is the 2012 recipient of the Southeastern Conference Faculty Achievement Award for the University of South Carolina.

Dr. Price is a 2019 recipient of the Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy Outstanding Service Recognition Award, the 2023 Distinguished Alumnus Award from The Cleveland Institute of Music, and in 2020 he was recognized as a Carolina Distinguished Professor – the highest recognition given to a faculty member by The University of South Carolina.

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