Professor of Piano, Coordinator of Secondary Piano
Diplome Jaques-Dalcroze, Institut Jaques-Dalcroze, Geneva, Switzerland
M.M., Ithaca College
B.M., Baldwin Wallace University
Mary Dobrea-Grindahl is Professor of Piano at Baldwin Wallace University where her responsibilities include teaching private piano, piano pedagogy, Eurhythmics, and solfège. She performs regularly as a solo and collaborative artist and has a particular affinity for music written during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Together with her colleagues, Mary helped to institute a dynamic pedagogical philosophy of collaborative teaching in the Keyboard Department at BW.
One of only ten people in the United States who holds the Diplôme Supérieur from the Institut Jaques-Dalcroze in Geneva, Switzerland, Mary regularly presents workshops that emphasize using Eurhythmics to develop artistry at the keyboard, and is on the faculty of the Dalcroze School of the Rockies. Mary is coauthor of an ear training text, Developing Musicianship Through Aural Skills: A Holistic Approach to Sight Singing and Ear Training (Routledge, 2010), which pioneers a new pedagogical method of teaching the essentials of musicianship, and is currently writing an interactive CD-Rom designed to develop sight-reading skills at the piano.
While a member of the faculty of Ithaca College, Mary was the pianist for the performing arts troupe, L'ensemble Jaques-Dalcroze Plastique Animée, whose tours included performances in the United States, Canada, and Europe. She has served as editor of the American Dalcroze Journal, serves on the Professional Development Committee for the Dalcroze Society of America, and was featured in Passion in Action, an e-zine for Creatives in February, 2010. Mary is a recipient of the prestigious Strosacker Prize for Excellence in Teaching and the Distinguished Faculty Leadership Award at Baldwin Wallace University.