Bachelor of Music - Piano Performance, Grand Valley State University
Master of Music – Piano Pedagogy, University of South Carolina
Doctorate of Musical Arts - Piano Pedagogy, University of South Carolina
Group Piano for Music Education Majors
Dr. Anna Hamilton is Lecturer in Piano and Accompanist at the University of South Carolina Aiken. Hamilton received both her Doctorate of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees in piano pedagogy from the University of South Carolina.
She is a native of Michigan where she received her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy Certification from Grand Valley State University. She studied piano with Aviram Reichert and Charles Fugo, and piano pedagogy with Helen Marlais and Scott Price. Hamilton has been the recipient of teaching awards such as the Music Teachers National Association Star Award for excellence in teaching and the William H. Nolte Graduate Student Teaching Award. She has maintained a piano studio in Columbia SC since 2006, teaching private lessons for students of all ages, group piano classes, and summer piano camps. During the Fall 2014 semester she assisted as Interim Piano Director of the Community Music School and Interim Supervisor of Group Piano at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.
She is active as a solo and collaborative pianist, teacher, adjudicator, and presenter; and serves as chair for the SCMTA State Auditions and the CMTA Christmas and Classics Festival. Hamilton has published articles in Clavier Companion and Piano Pedagogy Forum. She has given recent presentations at the local and state level, as well as the Music Teachers National Association Conference and the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy. Her areas of special interest include community engagement and outreach in piano education, and she began a program for piano lesson study at the Goodman Correctional Institution in 2012.