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Teacher Education Testimonial–Adam Salas

Updated: Feb 18


The New School for Music Study is a haven for musical learning and excellence. My time there was an invaluable experience that continues to enrich my professional and personal life in countless ways.


As the 2020-2021 “pandemic” fellow, I had the unique and enriching experience of being a part of a mostly online New School. Fortunately, this meant each lesson was recorded to observe and review.


I benefited immensely from the recording of all of my teaching. The indispensable feedback and guidance of Educational Director, Amy Glennon, not only streamlined my teaching process but cultivated an approach to my own self-reflection and teaching methods that will not only benefit my future, but my students’ futures as well. Amy was able to pinpoint exact moments and nuances in my teaching that could be improved upon. Every suggestion she provided was natural and worked in the next lesson with immediate results. Her intimate understanding of the student-teacher relationship inspired me to think carefully about the learning process and inspires the dialogue I use in lessons to this day.


My cherished memories of Marvin Blickenstaff’s PEPS Classes will stay with me forever. I came away from each of his classes with a renewed perspective on repertoire and an appreciation for the technical aspects behind every detail that helped the students bring their music to life.


I also had the pleasure of co-teaching with director, Rebecca Pennington, and am fortunate to have witnessed her eloquent teaching, organizational skills, and leadership.


I thoroughly enjoyed my ten months in New Jersey from co-teaching Time to Begin classes with Trevor Thornton to hearing virtuoso, Kairy Koshoeva, practicing down the hall. I was able to bring my newfound knowledge and enthusiasm back with me to my students in Texas but most importantly, make lifelong friendships and share the gift of music with my studio at the New School.


Dedicated to helping students experience the art of music and its transformative powers, Adam Salas maintains a multifaceted piano studio in the Dallas-Fort Worth area while serving on the faculties of Southern Methodist University and Texas Woman’s University.


A Nationally Certified Teacher of Music, Adam is recipient of the 2022 MarySue Harris Teaching Fellowship Award by the Music Teachers National Association. Salas is President Elect of the Dallas Music Teachers Association and has served as chair for the Sonatina-Sonata-Baroque Festival and Jazz-Pop Contest and Festival. He also assists with administrative support for the Frances Clark Center.


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