Dr. 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). In 2018, she was a recipient of ISU’s Outstanding Teaching by a Lecturer award.
Her education includes a Ph.D. in Music Education, emphasis in Piano Pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma (OU), where she studied with Drs. Jane Magrath and Barbara Fast. She holds a Master of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from OU. A Bachelor of Music, summa cum laude, in Piano Performance was earned from Kansas State University (KSU), where she studied piano with Dr. Virginia Houser and organ with Dr. Mary Ellen Sutton.
Dr. Bronson is an active leader within the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA). She is currently the Iowa Music Teachers Association (IMTA) state President-Elect. Previously, she served as the IMTA state Technology chair, where she wrote biannual articles published in the Iowa Music Teacher magazine. She chaired the 2017 IMTA state conference planning committee, hosted at ISU. Dr. Bronson was chosen as the 2016-2017 IMTA State Certified Teacher of the Year and received the 2017 IMTA State Distinguished Service award. Previously, Dr. Bronson served as the OU MTNA chapter President when they won the MTNA-Benjamin Whitten National Collegiate Chapter of the Year award. As an undergraduate, she served as the KSU MTNA collegiate chapter President.
She frequently serves as an adjudicator, master class teacher, and clinician. In 2019, Dr. Bronson was the Pedagogy Workshop guest clinician, hosted at Wartburg College in Waverly, IA. Additionally, Dr. Bronson maintains a successful private piano studio of beginners through advanced students. Her students win district and state performance competitions and have been accepted into prestigious undergraduate and graduate piano programs. In summer 2019, she solitarily designed and taught Children’s Intro to Piano classes for the Ames, IA and surrounding communities. Janci is also a devoted wife and proud mother of three young children.