Dr Randall Faber, co-author of the best-selling Piano Adventures teaching method, has received the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award in Education from the Roland Corporation.
The award was presented during The NAMM Show 2019 in Anaheim, CA. The new Lifetime Achievement Award in Education is part of Roland’s ongoing dedication and support of music education.
As pianist and educator, Randall Faber has appeared as special guest at universities and conservatories throughout North America and Asia, including the Beijing Central Conservatory and the Royal Conservatory of Canada. He has been convention artist for the Music Teachers National Association and master teacher at the World Conference on Piano Pedagogy, National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, the Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference and the USA National Piano Teachers Institute.
Dr Faber holds three degrees from the University of Michigan and a PhD in Education and Human Development from Vanderbilt University. His research on motivation and talent development has been featured in journals and media in South Korea, China, Australia, and at the International Conference on Motivation in Portugal. In 2018, Piano Adventures by Nancy and Randall Faber was selected to receive the prestigious MTNA Frances Clark Keyboard Pedagogy Award. The Fabers are co-founders of the Faber Piano Institute.
In his acceptance speech, Dr Faber remarked:
‘Artistic excellence reminds us that skill derives from persistent hard work, over months and years of effort. The process of art also involves inspiration. Inspiration occurs at the intersection of experience and preparation. So there’s an important lesson here for the next generation, and perhaps an important lesson for all of us, especially in a culture of instant gratification. And that lesson is: hard work opens the door to inspiration. Discipline invites creativity. We need diligent, focused practice. Then we punctuate that effort with stepping back. Stepping outside ourselves, outside of our need to be right. Being receptive to new ideas. Receptive to the muse. Receptive to inspiration, and to being creative.’