Andrea McAlister

  • Associate Professor of Piano Pedagogy

Areas of Study


  • BM, University of Cincinnati, 1994
  • MM, University of Cincinnati, 1996
  • DMA, University of Cincinnati, 2001


In addition to teaching piano pedagogy and class piano, Andrea McAlister coordinates the class piano program and the secondary piano studies program. She earned her DMA at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, where she held a teaching assistantship and graduated summa cum laude.

McAlister’s research has also been featured in the Music Teachers National Association’s American Music Teacher, the MTNA e-journal, the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy’s Proceedings, and Clavier Companion and Keyboard Companion.

As a performer, McAlister has appeared in festivals and recitals throughout North America and Europe, including performances with the Aspen Music Festival, the Rome Festival, the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, and Opera Cleveland.

McAlister is an active clinician, adjudicator, and member of the Music Teachers National Association. She serves as president-elect of the Ohio Music Teachers Association. In addition, McAlister serves on the executive steering committee for the MTNA Group Piano and Piano Pedagogy Seminar and Editorial Committee for the MTNA e-journal.

McAlister’s research in piano pedagogy, technology, motivation, and neural development has been featured at national and international conferences, and she is active as a clinician for state and local teachers. Recent presentations have been heard at the International Society of Music Education Conference, the Music Teachers National Association Conferences, the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, the World Piano Pedagogy Conference, the Group Piano and Piano Pedagogy Seminar, the International Conference on Sociology in Music Education, the Piano Wellness Seminar, the International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies, and the International Technology, Education, and Development Conference.


Andrea McAlister Gives Webinars on Teaching During COVID-19

May 6, 2020

Associate Professor of Piano Pedagogy Andrea McAlister gave two webinars for the Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy on the topic of teaching during COVID-19. The webinars were titled "Teaching Collegiate Class Piano Online" and "Effective Teaching in Challenging Times and Beyond." McAlister also contributed to the special COVID-19 issue of Piano Magazine.