Aya Higuchi Hagelthorn is the director of Collegiate Class Piano and the coordinator of the Piano Pedagogy Laboratory Program. She is a member of the College of Examiners at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. She has been active as a piano teacher, clinician, collaborator, outreach performer, and is currently on the faculty of University of Michigan as a lecturer in Piano Pedagogy and a senior teacher of the Piano Pedagogy Laboratory Program.
Her solo and collaborative performances have been well received in Japan, Italy, Prague, and the U.S. She has presented her pedagogical research at several local and national conferences. Her recordings of Chopin’s piano works can be found in films, documentaries, and educational productions, and they are widely available from MuseOpen.org and IMSLP.org.
BM (piano with minor in Computer Science), University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill)
MM (piano performance and pedagogy), University of Michigan
DMA (piano performance and pedagogy), University of Michigan