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Courtney Crappell
Director, Moores School of Music
Margaret M. Alkek and Margaret Alkek Williams Endowed Chair
Professor of Piano & Piano Pedagogy

Courtney Crappell, DMA, NCTM, serves as Associate Professor of Piano & Piano Pedagogy in the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston where he teaches piano and piano pedagogy. A native of south Louisiana, he earned his BM in Piano Performance at Louisiana State University and then traveled to the University of Oklahoma (OU) to complete his MM and DMA degrees in Piano Performance and Pedagogy.

Dr. Crappell’s research in piano pedagogy, piano literature, and ethnomusicology has been featured at international and national conferences and he is active as a clinician for state and local teachers in Texas. An advocate for the seamless integration of technology in the classroom, he has presented workshops for collegiate and independent music teachers introducing pedagogical techniques using digital keyboards, computer software, Internet utilities, and SMART Board technology. He is also co-creator and designer of the website The site aims to systematically catalog piano teaching repertoire and anthologies in an effort to simplify the literature search process. He has published articles and reviews in the journals American Music Teacher, Clavier Companion, and the online journals, Piano Pedagogy Forum and the MTNA e-Journal. He authors a bi-monthly column titled, “The ABCs of Generations XYZ” for the journal, American Music Teacher. In 2012, his article, “Preparing Students for Vibrant Classical Sonatina Performances Using Rote Exercises,” won the Music Teachers National Association Article of the Year award. In the summer of 2013, he served for five weeks as one of two evaluators selected by the International Piano Performance Evaluations Committee in Taiwan. In addition to these creative activities, he remains active on the concert stage as a soloist and collaborative artist. During his graduate studies, he was a winner of the University of Oklahoma concerto competition.

Since 2008, Dr. Crappell has served as a member of the executive steering committee for the National Group Piano and Piano Pedagogy Forum (GP3) and he also serves on the Committee on Collegiate Pedagogy Teaching for the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy (NCKP). He is an active member of the Music Teachers National Association and served as the Collegiate Chapters Chair for the Texas Music Teachers Association from 2010-2013. Before joining the faculty at the Moores School, he taught at the University of Texas at San Antonio and has maintained a private teaching studio for pre-collegiate and adult students since 1998. When he is not teaching, performing, or engaging in research, he enjoys playing tennis, skateboarding, eating really spicy food, and spending time with his amazing family.