Ph.D. in Music Education, Emphasis in Piano Pedagogy, University of Oklahoma, 2008
M.M. in Performance and Piano Pedagogy, University of Oklahoma, 2005
M.B.A. West Virginia University, 1994
B.M. in Piano Performance, Ball State University, 1986
Dr. Teresa Sumpter is currently the Chair of the Department of Music and Coordinator of Keyboard Studies at Mars Hill University where she teaches applied piano, group piano, piano literature, piano pedagogy, and music history. She holds a Ph.D. in Music Education with an emphasis in Piano Pedagogy and a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma where she studied with Jane Magrath and Edward Gates. Her other piano teachers include Delia Calapai, student of Artur Schnabel, and Michel Bourgeot. She also holds a Masters in Business Administration degree from West Virginia University.
Dr. Sumpter has performed, adjudicated, and presented throughout the country. Recent performances include recitals on the Pianoforte Series in Asheville, NC, Carson-Newman University, Winthrop University, and Friends of Music Concert Series at Montreat College (NC). She was a clinician for the North Carolina Music Teachers Association (NCMTA) 2009-2010 Piano Contest Repertoire Workshops and has been a frequent adjudicator for both the NCMTA district and state contests since her arrival in the area in 2008. In October 2011 she presented the program “The Sinfonias of Johann Sebastian Bach: Teaching and Performing these Miniature Masterpieces” at the NCMTA State Conference. She presented the program: “The Piano Studio as a Creative Community” at the Charlotte Piano Teachers Forum and Appalachian Music Teachers Association in 2010 and the Raleigh Piano Teachers Association in 2011. She has served as a reporter for the GP3 Conference (Group Piano and Piano Pedagogy) and has been published in The Piano Pedagogy Forum.
Listen to Dr. Sumpter perform Claude Debussy’s Reflets dans l’eau from Images, Book I: