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Dr. Mary J. Tollefson is Associate Professor of Piano. Her teaching duties include applied piano, piano pedagogy, group piano, and music appreciation. She is also the director of the UW-L Piano Teachers Workshop, an annual summer event held on the UW-L campus. She holds degrees from the University of Nebraska (B.M., piano performance) and the University of Texas (M.M. and D.M.A.). She is a nationally certified teacher of music as deemed by the Music Teachers National Association.
Dr. Tollefson is a frequent performer, including solo recitals, chamber music and performing with the University Orchestra. Her most recent performance include a solo performance of Schubert's third movement of the A Major Sonata (the "little A Major) and an Alec Wilder chamber work for Horn, Tuba and Piano for Wisconsin Public Radio "Live on the Road" series. In 2003, she performed the Schumann Piano Concerto in A Minor as well as a full recital including the works of Bach/Hess, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Debussy, and Dan Maske, a Wisconsin composer.
Tollefson is also in demand as a clinician. She chairs the Research Committee for the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, presenting one lecture and co-presenting a research presentation at the 2003 biennial conference in Oak Brook Illinois ("Separating Myth from Reality in Piano Teaching: Research Ain't Just for Scientists" and "What's Going On In There: systematic observations of students' practice"). She was also a co-presenter at the 2004 Music Teachers National Association Convention in Kansas City Missouri (Conceptual Teaching and Lesson Planning). She has presented at the Illinois State Convention, as well as for piano teachers groups throughout Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois and Louisiana.