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Master Lessons with Dr. Jason Sifford

Dates: Master Lessons: Oct 2-5
Master Lessons Concert: Oct 4
Workshop: Oct 6
Registration: Aug 15-Sep 18, 2020
Times: Master Lessons Concert: 5 p.m.
Fee: $60 for 45 minutes or $75 for 60 minutes
Locations: Online; information about how online lessons will proceed will be sent with your time confirmation
Chair: Kari Johnson,

I am excited to announce Dr. Jason Sifford as our guest clinician this year.  Many of you may know him as an administrator and active participant on the Facebook Group “the Art of Piano Pedagogy.” Here is more about him, from his website:

My musical journey began when I was 7. I’d walk to my teacher’s house a block away from my elementary school to take weekly lessons. The first piece I ever played was “To the Zoo,” the first solo in the piano method by Glover and Garrow. Music became a hobby of mine. I was lucky enough to have wonderful teachers and had the good fortune to participate in many musical activities in school. I sang in and accompanied the choir, played in jazz band, briefly attempted the violin, and eventually progressed to a point where I entered Missouri State University with a minor in music.

To make a long story short, my experience at Missouri State showed me that music was where I belonged. Finding another wonderful teacher in Logan Skelton, I continued to grow and pursued graduate study at Louisiana State University with Constance Carroll and the University of Michigan with Arthur Greene and Joanne Smith.

Having pursued music as strictly a hobby in my youth, I found myself becoming more and more interested in pedagogy, in bringing all the wonderful traditions of piano playing to younger generations and believing strongly in the place the piano still has in our culture. Through the piano, I’ve had many wonderful experiences – playing recitals alone and with friends, working with choirs and congregations in churches of all shapes and sizes, walking out on stage as a part of a symphony orchestra, performing in musical theater productions, and even the occasional jazz gig at various social gatherings. It’s important to me that others get the opportunity to have these experiences, too, so since 1995, I’ve been proud to think of myself primarily as a piano teacher.

I teach in many different ways. I’ve maintained a private studio for many years, taught in both university and public primary and secondary school settings, and I’ve written and lectured on a variety of educational topics. I’m also a composer and have published several pieces of music for piano students of all ages and levels.

Currently, I live in Iowa City where I teach a wonderful group of truly devoted students. I also spend time performing, often accompanying students at the University of Iowa and playing with many wonderful artists in the local community. To learn more about what I do, please visit the different sections of this site, or feel free to contact me directly. I’m always interested in new opportunities and making new friends.




Priority is given to school-age intermediate to advanced students.  If space allows, adult students and teachers may also be eligible to enroll.  One or two compositions are required for the Master Lessons.

Please bring the music with the measures numbered. Memory is optional for the lesson, but required to be selected for the recital October 4th or the workshop on Tuesday morning, October 6th.  Strict adherence to lesson times will be necessary.  Teachers and parents may quietly observe. Outstanding students will be chosen to perform in the concert with Dr. Sifford and for the Tuesday Master Class.

Send enrollments postmarked between August 15 and September 18, 2020.  Lesson times will be scheduled in the order received.  You will be notified by email to confirm your lesson time(s).  Teachers may begin with an enrollment of no more than three hours of lessons (three one-hour lessons or four 45-minute lessons).  You may send more enrollments (please number them in the order of importance) with the understanding that these students will only be added if the schedule permits.

KCMTA Master Lessons enrollment form 2020

Please email Kari at with questions.