VICTORIA McARTHUR, Program Director of Piano Pedagogy and Coordinator of Group Piano, has taught all levels and ages of students from preschool through college.
For many years, she was Director of McArthur and Musical Associates, a comprehensive piano studio offering private and group instruction to students in piano, theory, and music appreciation. She was the Founding Editor for The FJH Music Co., and has authored over thirty books for FJH, including the popular piano method, Piano Adventures(written with coauthors Nancy and Randall Faber). Currently, she writes and edits for Alfred Publishing Co., Los Angeles. She is also coauthor of another successful piano method, Alfred’s Premier Piano Course. For 12 years, Dr. McArthur was music review editor for the prestigious journal, Piano and Keyboard (formerly The Piano Quarterly).
McArthur received the Ph.D. in Music Education (emphasis in piano pedagogy research) from Florida State University. She has pursued postgraduate work in biomechanics (movement science) and motor psychology. She has lectured at national and international conferences about far-ranging topics, including motivation, pianists’ movement patterns at the keyboard, pianists’ injuries, sight-reading, and practice strategies. This research continues through the Center for Music Research at FSU. She has coauthored an oft-cited chapter on sight reading in the Oxford University Press publication, The Science and Psychology of Music Performance. In addition, she has published articles in refereed music journals such as Psychomusicology and The Psychology of Music.