Brenda Newell is the Founder and Director of the Piano Conservatory Program at California State University, Stanislaus, a comprehensive piano and musicianship program for children established in 1997. She has been teaching Class Piano at Stan State since 2000. As Lecturer she teaches Piano Pedagogy, Keyboard Harmony for piano majors, Music Fundamentals, and Music for Classroom Teachers. In addition, Ms. Newell also instructs and supervises piano majors at Stanislaus State teaching in the Conservatory Program. She has taught in the Summer Music Camp at Stanislaus.
She performs as soloist, duo-pianist, and collaborative pianist on faculty recitals. Recent performances include: Messiaens Visions de la Amen, Saint Saens Carnival of the Animals, Bachs Concerto for Three Pianos and Strings, and Bartoks Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion. She has performed orchestral keyboards with the Modesto Symphony, Fresno Philharmonic, and Stanislaus Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Newell is active in the Music Teachers Association of California, presently coordinating the MTAC Stanislaus Branch Baroque Festival, and frequently serves as an adjudicator and clinician of workshops and masterclasses. Recently she was a discussion leader at the National Group Piano Pedagogy Forum in Cincinnati. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in piano performance at the University of Central Florida, and her Masters of Music degree in piano pedagogy at the University of South Carolina, where she studied with internationally known piano pedagogue Dr. Max Camp.