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Professor, Piano Pedagogy

  • Ph.D., Music Education, University of Oklahoma (2007)
  • M.M., Piano Performance and Pedagogy, Temple University (1998)
  • B.M., Piano Pedagogy, Temple University (1995)
Mario Ajero is Professor of Piano Pedagogy at Stephen F. Austin State University where he also coordinates the class piano program. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Music from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. He earned his Ph.D. in Music Education with a concentration in piano pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Ajero has served as Coordinator of Class Piano for Temple University’s Music Prep Division and served as Lecturer in Piano for Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance in Philadelphia, PA. He is active as both a soloist and collaborative pianist. Dr. Ajero was awarded the 2nd Prize in the Donna Turner Smith Memorial Piano Competition. He has accompanied both singers and instrumentalists in concerts and master classes including a master class by Wynton Marsalis.

Dr. Ajero’s research interests focus on technology in music education and piano pedagogy. He has written articles and reviews that were published in American Music Teacher and Clavier Companion. He is frequently in demand as a presenter at national conferences such as the MTNA national conference, the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, and the CMS/ATMI National Conference. Dr. Ajero also hosts The Piano Podcast, an internet TV show devoted to the piano and piano pedagogy with almost 10,000 subscribers worldwide.