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New Certification commissioners.

Paul Pollei, NCTM, and Michael Benson, NCTM, have been appointed to represent the Southwest and East Central Divisions respectively on the Certification Commission. They will serve until April 2006, completing the unexpired terms of Cheryl Pachak-Brooks, NCTM, and Sandra Carnes, NCTM, who resigned from the positions.

International ambassador for piano music, Paul Pollei, NCTM, native of Salt Lake City, continues his efforts as founder and director of the Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation. In addition to his administrative work with the Bachauer Foundation, he is active in the work of the National Conference on Piano Pedagogy, MTNA and the World Federation of International Music Competitions.

Pollei recently retired from Brigham Young University as the coordinator of graduate keyboard studies and a member of its piano faculty. He serves as advisor for the music faculty of the Waterford School in Sandy, Utah, and was a faculty member of the Tuacahn Center for the Arts in St. George, Utah.

Pollei has been a jury member for many national and international competitions throughout the world and has served as a member of juries in Japan, China, Australia, throughout Europe and in all fifty of the United States. He is founding member of the American Piano Quartet, devoted to research, performance and republication of music for two pianos, eight hands. The quartet has concertized worldwide and continues an active research, performing and recording career.

Teacher to many prize-winning students, Pollei also is a frequent lecturer for teacher workshops and master classes in America and throughout the world. He often writes about the issues of piano pedagogy and piano training for professional journals in the United States. He is the author of Pedagogical Tips for Piano Teaching and Essential Technique for the Pianist: An Organized and Systematic Method of Teaching Piano Technique.

As a faculty member in the department of music at The Ohio State University at Lima, Michael Benson, NCTM, coordinates the group piano program and teaches general art education courses, as well as music appreciation. As soloist and collaborative pianist, he has performed at the Smithsonian Institution during the International Schubert Symposium, Steinway Hall as a winner in The Pinault Biennial International Piano Competition and Preston Bradley Hall on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series heard on National Public Radio affiliate WFMT 98.7 FM from Chicago.

He has presented lectures, adjudicated and performed for international, national and state conventions of the College Music Society and MTNA. He also has contributed articles to Texas Music Teacher, Teaching Music, Clavier and the online journal Piano Pedagogy Forum.

His teaching experience includes faculty appointments at Carl Sandburg College, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and Oakland University, as well as pre-college piano camps in Texas, Wisconsin, Ohio and the Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan. During the fall of 2001, he served as a foreign expert in the Art Education College of Ji Mei University (Xiamen, Peoples Republic of China), where he taught piano, piano pedagogy and group piano.

Benson's piano and piano pedagogy teachers included Esther Mills Wood; Samuel Driggers; Noel Engebretson; Robert Roux; Martha Hilley, NCTM; Sophia Gilmson; and Nancy Garrett. He holds degrees in piano performance from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and The University of Texas at Austin.
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Title Annotation:Nationally Certified Teacher of Music
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Date:Jun 1, 2005
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