Laura Amoriello, NCTM, is Adjunct Associate Professor of Piano at Westminster Choir College of Rider University. Her expertise in piano pedagogy, combined with musical and scholarly achievement, offers a rich array of experience from which her students benefit.
Dr. Amoriello has taught secondary piano courses for music majors at Westminster on both the undergraduate and graduate levels since 2004. She also serves on the faculties of Westminster’s High School Piano Camp and Educational Opportunity Summer Program, and is Coordinator of the Piano Visiting Artist Series. Dr. Amoriello previously served on the faculties of The New School for Music Study and, from 2004 to 2012, The College of New Jersey. Here she taught courses for both music majors and non-majors, contributed to refining and expanding both curricula, and designed the course, “How We Learn,” for the Freshman Seminar Program.
Dr. Amoriello is passionate about sharing pedagogical ideas with teachers. She has presented her research on local, national, and international levels, and her work has been published in Piano Pedagogy Forum and Clavier Companion. In 2013, she will present “Asking Questions, Guiding Practice: Helping Students Overcome Performance Anxiety” for the Bucks County Association of Piano Teachers. A paper based on Dr. Amoriello’s dissertation, “Teaching Class Piano: A Study of Varied Perspectives,” was presented at the 2011 National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy (NCKP) in Lombard, IL. Additional presentations include Westminster Choir College’s 2012 Piano Camp for Teachers (“What the Best Teachers Do”), the South Jersey Music Teachers Association, the 2007 European Piano Teachers Association Conference, and the 2009 World Piano Conference (“Musical Teamwork: Strategies for Student-Centered Piano Instruction”), and the 2010-2011 World Piano Conferences (“Addressing Learners’ Needs in the Secondary Piano Class”).
A former winner of the Westminster Choir College Undergraduate Piano Competition, Dr. Amoriello presents annual lecture recitals for Westminster’s High School Piano Camp, most recently on the music of Prokofiev, Liszt, and Haydn. In November 2008, she presented a recital of Prokofiev’s solo and chamber works at Westminster Choir College. As an undergraduate, Dr. Amoriello was selected to perform Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue as a featured soloist with the Westminster Community Orchestra and in the Associated Music Teachers League of New York Young Musicians Concert at Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall.
Dr. Amoriello is Chair of Publicity for the Bucks County Association of Piano Teachers and an active member of both the NJ and PA chapters of the Music Teachers National Association. She has served as adjudicator for NJMTA, Shore Music Educators Association, and Piano Teachers Forum. She previously served the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy for two terms, from 2001 to 2003, as a member of the Student Committee, and has contributed to the National Group Piano and Piano Pedagogy Forum as Group Discussion Leader.
Dr. Amoriello holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in piano performance and pedagogy from Westminster Choir College of Rider University, where she was an Andrew J. Rider Scholar, and The Pennsylvania State University, respectively. Her principal teachers include Mary DeTurck, Ingrid Clarfield, and Dr. Timothy Shafer. During her studies, she received numerous awards and honors, including the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Student Achievement Recognition Award, the Arthur Judson Scholarship for Outstanding Undergraduate Piano Majors, and the Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music Scholarship for Promise as a Creative and Inspirational Teacher. Dr. Amoriello is an MTNA Nationally Certified Teacher of Music. She holds the Doctor of Education degree in college music pedagogy from Teachers College of Columbia University with the dissertation “Teaching Undergraduate Class Piano: A Study of Perspectives from Self, Students, and Colleagues.”