Professor; Conservatory Teacher

Department Name 
Westminster Conservatory

Office Location 
Erdman Hall 15
Mailing Address 
101 Walnut Lane, Princeton, NJ 08540

Phyllis  Lehrer

PHYLLIS ALPERT LEHRER is known internationally as a performer, teacher, clinician, author and adjudicator. She has enjoyed an active career as a soloist, collaborative artist and clinician in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and Central and South America. Ms. Lehrer is professor of piano and director of graduate piano pedagogy at Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, N.J. and is a member of the Artist Faculty at the Westminster Conservatory. A founding member of Young Audiences of New Jersey and the International Society for the Study of Tension in Performance, she contributes regularly to the Music Teachers National Association Conference, the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, the New Jersey Music Teachers Association annual conferences and the World Piano Pedagogy Conference.

Her publications include 5 volumes of core repertoire for intermediate and early advanced pianists: Classics for the Developing Pianist, selected and edited by Ingrid Clarfield and Phyllis Lehrer and published by Alfred.  Ms. Lehrer has contributed several chapters to the acclaimed book A Symposium for Pianists and Teachers: Strategies to Develop the Mind and Body for Optimal Performance, published by Heritage Press, and has co-authored, with Barry Green, the Inner Game of Music Piano Workbook published by GIA. In addition, she has written practice suggestions for the four books of Etudes for the Development of Musical Fingers from the Frances Clark Library (Alfred) and edited Chopin: An Album (Carl Fischer) and works by Dianne Goolkasian Rahbee and others for FJH Publications.

With Paul Sheftel, Phyllis Lehrer has co-authored, Personal Trainer, 5 books containing technique explorations, sight-reading, keyboard theory and repertoire, all available with midi-accompaniments, published by YBK, New York. Together they have also co-edited Debussy, An Album and the anthologies Mastering Classic Favorites and More Mastering Classic Favorites for Carl Fischer.

Ms. Lehrer’s articles, interviews, and reviews on piano pedagogy, music, and health have appeared in Clavier Companion, Early Childhood Connections and The European Piano Teachers Journal. Her CD’s include solos and duos with her duo piano partner of over thirty-years, pianist Ena Bronstein Barton.

Ms. Lehrer holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Rochester and  Eastman School of Music and a Master of Science in Piano from the Juilliard School of Music.  In March of 2007 she was honored as a Music Teachers National Association Foundation Fellow, a program that honors deserving individuals who have made significant contributions to the music world and the music teaching profession.  Ms. Lehrer was voted New Jersey Music Teachers Association Teacher of the Year for 2012-2013.