Dr. Jane Magrath is well known as an author, clinician, and pianist. Her book The Pianist’s Guide to Standard Teaching and Performance Literature has become a classic reference work for pianists throughout the country. She currently has more than thirty-five volumes published with Alfred Publishing. Dr. Magrath is frequently in demand as a clinician and teacher, and has performed and given presentations in over forty states and on three continents including MTNA National Conventions, the European Piano Teachers Association Conference, the International Society for Music Education, the National Conference on Piano Pedagogy, and the World Piano Pedagogy Conference. She was named the first recipient of the MTNA/Frances Clark Keyboard Pedagogy Award for the Outstanding Contribution to Piano Pedagogy.
Magrath received her education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and at Wesleyan College, and was the first person to receive the D.M. in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Northwestern University. The University of Oklahoma presented her with the Regents’ Award for Superior Teaching as well as the Associates’ Distinguished Lectureship Award on two occasions and the Rinsland Award for Excellence in Educational Research. Currently, Magrath is Regents’ Professor and holds the Grant Endowed Chair in Piano Pedagogy at the University of Oklahoma, where she was named Rothbaum Presidential Professor of Excellence in the Arts. She also serves as Director of Piano Pedagogy at the University of Oklahoma. Her students have won numerous prizes and competitions.