Jane Abbott-Kirk

Jane Abbott-Kirk, Professor of Piano at Baylor University, received a B.M., M.M., and Performer's Certificate from Indiana University where she was a student of Sidney Foster and Menahem Pressler. Prior to joining the Baylor faculty, she taught at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. In 1989 she received the Outstanding Tenured Teacher Award from Baylor University. In 2004 the Texas Music Teachers Association named her the Collegiate Teacher of the Year. Her former students hold prestigious positions at universities, conservatories, opera houses, and private teaching venues in this country and abroad. Abbott-Kirk, is well known to music teachers' associations in the South and Midwest through her presentations, workshops, and adjudications. Her special expertise is helping pianists build healthy technique that serves both virtuosity and interpretive sophistication. This teaching approach also helps pianists prevent and recover from performance injuries. Jane Abbott-Kirk is a recording artist for the Musical Heritage Society and Raven Records.