James Lyke Honored with Frances Clark Keyboard Pedagogy Award
James Lyke was presented the MTNA Frances Clark Keyboard Pedagogy Award for his text Creative Piano Teaching, now in its third edition, which is used in many college piano pedagogy courses.
The award, in the amount of $3,000, was established through the MTNA FOUNDATION's Frances Clark-Louise Goss Endowment Fund. It is given to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the keyboard pedagogy field through the creation and development of new products and publications.
Lyke also has authored three texts for group instruction in piano at the college level. He has published numerous supplementary books for college group instruction, as well as duet and duo piano arrangements for young students. In 1979, Lyke co-founded, with the late Richard Chronister, the National Conference on Piano Pedagogy, and served as associate director until 1995.
From 1959 to 1993, Lyke served on the faculty of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he chaired the group piano and piano pedagogy division. He expanded the group piano program to include beginning, intermediate and advanced levels of instruction. He also added group courses in jazz keyboard. In 1980, Lyke established a master of music degree program in piano pedagogy. A piano laboratory was opened for students of all ages enrolled in this program, which offered piano pedagogy majors practical teaching experience. …