Dorothy Halstead

Lecturer in Class Piano, Music

Dorothy Halstead


Dorothy Halstead is a graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio with a Masters Degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy and a Bachelors Degree in Piano Performance. She had the privilege of studying piano with Dr. Kasandra Keeling and worked closely with Dr. Courtney Crappell in piano pedagogy. In her undergraduate career, Dorothy was awarded the Marjorie Powell Zachary Scholarship and Friends of Music Scholarship. In March 2008, she won first place in the Etude Music Club Scholarship Competition. She was also named the Texas Music Teachers Association Collegiate Scholar of the Year in 2009 and granted a scholarship for this honor. Dorothy has also performed in various masterclasses with renown musicians such as Lilya Zilberstein and Jane McGrath.

Dorothy is active in professional organizations on the local and national level. In 2008, she was a charter member and vice president of the Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Chapter at UTSA and served as President from 2010-2012. She also has served on the board for the San Antonio Music Teachers Association (SAMTA) as Program Director in 2012-2013, and served as President from 2015-2019. She currently serves on the Texas Music Teachers Association Executive Board as the MTNA/TMTA Competitions Director.

Dorothy has presented her pedagogical research in various music conferences including the UTSA College of Liberal and Fine Arts Research Conference Competition, Texas Music Teachers Association State Convention, and the Texas Music Educators Association Conference. Her presentation entitled “Engage the Brain!: Cognitive Warm-up Activities for Effective Music Lessons.” was accepted for a session presentation at the Music Teachers National Association in Anaheim, California in March 2013. In August 2014, she was a featured guest speaker at the Oregon Music Teachers Association Conference where she presented two presentations of her work in pedagogy: “Engage the Brain!: Cognitive Warm-up Activities for Effective Music Lessons” and “Off the Piano Bench: A Pedagogical Approach to Incorporating Eurhythmics in the Piano Lesson”


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