Professor of Music (Piano Pedagogy)
Frieda Derdeyn Bambas Chair in Music
Office: Catlett Music Center 017
Dr. Barbara Fast, Frieda Derdeyn Professor of Piano and Piano Area Chair, coordinates the group piano program as well as teaches graduate and undergraduate piano pedagogy at the University of Oklahoma. She has received numerous awards honoring her teaching, including: University of Oklahoma Regents Award for Superior Teaching; OMTA Teacher of the Year; MTNA Collegiate Chapter Advisor of the Year 2009 and 2007; Irene and Julian Rothbaum Presidential Professor of Excellence in the Arts at the University of Oklahoma.
Her interest in research correlated to teaching in the private lesson and group class has resulted in frequent workshops related to practicing, technology and sight-reading. Workshop topics also frequently address teaching ensemble music, newly published music, and historical keyboard pedagogy with presentations occurring in numerous venues, including the International and National College Music Society Conferences (CMS), Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Conferences, International Society for Music Education (ISME), The Classical Music Festival Eisenstadt, The Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy (NCKP), and the European Piano Teachers Conference (EPTA).
Dr. Fast co-founded the National Group Piano/Piano Pedagogy Forum held for the first time in 2000, with the tenth GP3 forum scheduled for 2018. She has served on the Editorial Board of the MTNA E-Journal, and as Associate Editor of Piano Pedagogy Forum, the first keyboard journal on the WEB. She has served on numerous national and state MTNA and NCKP piano pedagogy related positions. Dr. Fast currently serves as Past-President of the Oklahoma Music Teachers Association (OMTA). Additionally she has performed in chamber settings in England, Russia, and Japan as well as presented lecture recitals and master classes throughout the United States.