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Juanita M. Becker

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Professor
Music

Email

414.443.8972

  • Education

    B.M. (Piano Performance) 1975 Oberlin College Conservatory of Music
    M.M. (Piano Performance) 1981 University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music
    D.M. 1998 (Piano Performance: Accompanying and Chamber Music) The Florida State University School of Music

    Background

    I was Assistant Professor of Piano at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri, from 1998-2001, when WLC called me. I accepted the Divine Call to teach in the Wisconsin Lutheran College Music Department in 2001. At the time there was interest among prospective students for the college to have a music professor with the terminal degree in Piano Performance.
     
    I have a strong interest in preparing students for service to the church, having started playing piano and organ for mission congregations in Florida about age 12. I like to say that I learned to drive, driving from our home in Winter Park to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Merritt Island when Pastor Larry Zwieg was without an organist, until his daughter became accomplished enough to take over.

    Teaching

    Depending on the year, I have taught/do teach Piano Lessons, Music Theory 1 and 2, Aural Skills 1, 2, 3, 4, Piano Classes 1, 2, 3, Piano Pedagogy 1, Piano Pedagogy 2, Accompanying, Piano Literature, Music Fundamentals, and Music Appreciation. I plan to propose a GenEd course on Women in Music, including classical, jazz, popular, and world music.

    Research Topics

    My doctoral treatise was about the Dutch woman pianist and composer, Henriette Bosmans. While doing additional research in the Netherlands, I “discovered” other Dutch composers less known to American audiences. So far this has led to performances of works for Piano and Oboe and Piano and Cello by these composers, in addition to conference presentations, a CD, and a research book

    Scholarly Works

    •  2019 College Music Society International Conference in Belgium, presented Difficult Choices under Nazi Rule: Three Composers, Two Choices in the Bruges Concertgebouw Chamber Music Hall
    • A Biography of Henriette Bosmans: Pianist and Composer published by the Edwin Mellen Press in 2016
    • 2015 College Music Society International Conference in Stockholm, Sweden,  presented The Fuglsang Connection
    • August, 2014 Guest Artist and Instructor for two weeks during the August Workshops for the Barbados National Youth Symphony Orchestra
    • “Dutch Music for Oboe and Piano,” CENTAUR CRC 3234, issued in October, 2012

    Service

    • Rank and Promotion Committee
    • Coordinate the Student Accompanying Program
    • Department point of contact for the Adjunct Instructors
    • Department point of contact for the Philomusica String Quartet in Residence
    • Have served on the Assessment Committee
    • Have served on the Faculty Development Committee
    • Faculty Sponsor for the student organization “Crafting for a Cause” 2020-2021
    • Organist for Nain Lutheran Church

    Professional Memberships

    • The College Music Society
    • The Music Teachers National Association and the Wisconsin Music Teachers Association
    • The Milwaukee Music Teachers Association