Brenda WristenAssociate Professor of Piano Pedagogy
Area of Focus: Keyboard, Music
Dr. Brenda Wristen is Associate Professor of Piano Pedagogy in the Glenn Korff School of Music at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she directs the piano pedagogy and keyboard skills programs. Additionally, she is founder and director of the Community Piano Experience, an outreach program offering beginning and intermediate class piano instruction for adult recreational pianists.
Dr. Wristen’s research focuses primarily on musician wellness issues, with particular interests in university music student health states and behaviors, the biomechanics of piano technique, and the challenges of small-handed pianists. She is the co-author, along with Dr. Lora Deahl (Texas Tech University), of a book entitled "Adaptive Strategies for Small-Handed Pianists," projected to be released in 2017 by Oxford University Press. Her research articles have been published in American Music Teacher, Medical Problems of Performing Artists, UPDATE: Applications of Research in Music Education, Music Education Research, Clavier, Keyboard Companion, and Piano Pedagogy Forum. She has also presented papers at numerous meetings of state, national, and international organizations, including Music Teachers National Association, the Performing Arts Medicine Association, the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, the College Music Society, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, and the International Society for Music Education. Her work has been recognized with several awards, notably the "Discoveries and Breakthroughs Inside Science Award" from the Human Ergonomics Society and the American Institute of Physics. Dr. Wristen serves several organizations as a member or chair of committees focused on musician wellness, and is an active lecturer, adjudicator, and performer.
Dr. Wristen holds the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Interdisciplinary Fine Arts with a major in Piano Pedagogy from Texas Tech University, where she was the recipient of the DeWitt/Jones Doctoral Fellowship and the Chancellor's Fellowship. She received the Master of Music degree from Texas Tech University and the Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Lubbock Christian University. Dr. Wristen is a member of Sigma Xi Research Society and the Alpha Chi, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Phi Kappa Phi national honor societies. Her professional memberships include Music Teachers National Association, the Performing Arts Medicine Association, the International Society for Music Education, Nebraska Music Teachers Association, and Lincoln Music Teachers Association.