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Professor, Piano Pedagogy

  • Ph.D., Music Education, University of Oklahoma (2007)
  • M.M., Piano Performance and Pedagogy, Temple University (1998)
  • B.M., Piano Pedagogy, Temple University (1995)
Dr. Mario Ajero is Professor of Piano at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas where he teaches applied piano lessons, group piano classes, and piano pedagogy and serves as the Keyboard Area Coordinator. Internationally recognized as an authority in incorporating technology in piano pedagogy and music education, he has presented at every major piano pedagogy conference in the United States and has been invited to perform and present in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, and Germany.

Dr. Ajero’s engagements include being a keynote presenter at the Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference, featured presenter at the Summer Summit at The Royal Conservatory and being invited to present on technology to teach keyboard remotely for The Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Ajero has authored articles for Piano Magazine and American Music Teacher and has presented at the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) National Conference and National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy. He was recently featured in a series of webinars from The Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy entitled Teaching in the Time of COVID-19: Resources for Online Instruction. Dr. Ajero’s piano pedagogy students have also given presentations at the Texas Music Teachers Association Convention and judged for a number of competitions and festivals across the nation. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Music from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA and earned his Ph.D. in Music Education with a concentration in piano pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma Dr. Ajero has served as Coordinator of Class Piano for Temple University’s Music Prep Division and served as Lecturer in Piano for Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance.