Janci Bronson is the Coordinator of Class Piano and Piano Pedagogy at Iowa State University. She teaches the music major class piano courses (MUS 127, 128, 227, 228); the class piano portion of a course for performing arts majors (MUS 105); Functional Piano Skills for Keyboard Majors (MUS 327A); and Piano Pedagogy (MUS 415B).
Dr. Bronson received a Ph.D. in Music Education with an emphasis in Piano Pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma where she studied with Dr. Jane Magrath, Dr. Barbara Fast, and Dr. Charles Ciorba. Her dissertation was titled “Predictors of Performance Achievement Among Young Piano Students: Ages 8-13.” Dr. Bronson holds a Master of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma where she studied piano with Dr. Edward Gates. A Bachelor of Music degree summa cum laude in Piano Performance is held from Kansas State University where she studied piano with Dr. Virginia Houser and organ with Dr. Mary Ellen Sutton.
Prior to joining the Iowa State music faculty, Dr. Bronson taught class piano at Oklahoma Baptist University and applied piano lessons and a keyboard readiness group class in the Oklahoma Baptist University preparatory department.
Dr. Bronson is an active leader in the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and their state and local affiliations. Through MTNA, she is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music. Dr. Bronson serves as the state technology chair for the Iowa Music Teachers Association (IMTA) where she writes biannual articles for the Iowa Music Teacher magazine. She serves as the president of the Ames MTNA chapter, the Music Teachers of Central Iowa. Additionally, she is the chair of the IMTA conference planning committee, which is being hosted by the ISU music department and the Music Teachers of Central Iowa in June 2017.
Dr. Bronson is an active researcher, clinician, and adjudicator. She also maintains a successful private piano studio. She is a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, Golden Key National Honor Society, and was previously a Presser Scholar winner.