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Winifred Kerner is an instructor at the UO School of Music, where she has taught keyboard skills, piano literature, and advanced keyboard harmony since 1993.
After completing a Bachelor of Arts with honors in music and a Master of Arts in liberal studies at Wesleyan University, Connecticut, she earned a Master of Music degree in piano performance from the University of Michigan.
Her piano teachers include Margaret Littell, George Barth, Peter Armstrong, Louis Nagel, Armena Marderosian, and Edward Auer. At Indiana University, as a doctoral student in music, music literature, and performance, she studied piano with Edward Auer and continuo playing with Elizabeth Wright. Kerner has studied during summers at the Taubman Institute in Amherst with Edna Golandsky and Dorothy Taubman about injury prevention principles for playing and teaching piano. She also has performed at the Hampton-Sydney Chamber Music Festival, taught at Blue Lake, Michigan, and the Center for Creative Youth in Connecticut.
Kerner is a pianist with a strong interest in community music education. She began teaching at the Flint School of Performing Arts in Michigan, and originated a Suzuki piano program there. She also coordinated the Suzuki program and taught piano at Temple University Music Prep.
Kerner also has a background in world music, having studied Japanese koto and North and South Indian vocal music. She spent two years in India studying Gujariati Adivasi tribal music, North Indian vocal music with Balwant Rai Bhatt, and Indian music theory at Benares Hindu University. Her composition and artwork, Thirteen Haiku, was performed and displayed at Beall Concert Hall. She is also the composer/performer of Water Colors, a set of piano improvisations.