Professor of Music and Coordinator of Piano Studies
Piano, Piano Pedagogy, Piano Literature, Class Piano, Accompanying, Chamber Music
D.M.A. in Piano Performance and Related Literature, Eastman School of Music
M.M. in Piano Performance and Related Literature, Eastman School of Music
B.M. in Piano Performance, Indiana University
Fulbright Grant, Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, Hungary
American pianist and teacher, Richard Shuster is Professor of Music and Coordinator of Piano Studies at Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas. He is a versatile pianist and a dedicated pedagogue and mentor to a diverse class of piano students majoring in piano performance, piano pedagogy, music therapy, music education and liberal arts–music. In addition to applied piano, Dr. Shuster teaches piano pedagogy and piano literature and coordinates the undergraduate class piano program at TWU.
Dr. Shuster’s student-centered teaching integrates a natural approach to technique and focuses on injury prevention, sound production, style and professional development. In 2014, he was a guest presenter at the Group Piano and Piano Pedagogy Forum in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has appeared as guest teacher at a variety of institutions in the United States and abroad, including the Vienna International Piano Academy in Austria, Marco Polo Festival in Querceto, Italy, and Mukogawa Women’s University in Hyogo, Japan. In the summers of 2007 and 2010, he traveled extensively throughout Taiwan serving as teacher and examiner for the International Piano Performance Examination Committee.
Dr. Shuster was initiated as a National Arts Associate by Sigma Alpha Iota music fraternity, an award recognizing his accomplishments as a distinguished educator and performing pianist. His most recent CD recording, Gabriel Fauré, The Complete Nocturnes, was recently released on the Fleur de Son Classics label. His performance of George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue can be heard on Naxos CD American Tapestry with the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, Eugene Corporon conducting. His solo, chamber music and accompanying repertoire are ever-expanding with appearances at a variety of venues including the Focus on Piano Literature–Gabriel Fauré conference at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro; Mount Vernon Music in Mount Vernon, Texas; McKinney Musical Arts Society Series in McKinney, Texas; Color of Sound Concert Series in Commerce, Texas; Dorothy McKenzie Price Piano and Master Class Series in Toledo, Ohio; Texas Music Teachers Association Annual Convention; Cornell University Summer Concert Series in Ithaca, New York; Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York; and the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin, Germany. He has been the featured guest on several radio programs including “Music of the Metroplex” and “Art Matters” on WRR Classical 101.1 FM, Dallas/Fort Worth, “Opus Classics Live” on Buffalo Public Radio, and “The Front Row” on Houston Public Radio.
Dr. Shuster earned the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music in Piano Performance degrees from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, and the Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance degree from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. His major teachers were Rebecca Penneys and the late Leonard Hokanson. He was also the recipient of the Fulbright Grant for study at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary where he studied with András Kemenes.
Course numbers and titles:
MU 5031, 5032 Piano
MU 5553 Seminar in Music Literature I – (Piano, Baroque through 19th Century)
MU 5563 Seminar in Music Literature II – (Piano, 20th Century)
MU 5753, 5763 Music Pedagogy I, II (Piano)
MU 5933 Styles in Music - (20th Century)
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