Artist Teacher of Piano and Piano Technology
B. Mus. (1968), M. Mus. (1971) North Texas State University
D.M.A. (1988) University of Texas.
2808 Alice Pratt Brown Hall
Teacher, performer, and historian of the instrument, pianist C. Dean Shank is an artist of versatility. His thesis on Evocations by Carl Ruggles, revealed and analyzed an atonal style of composition that previously had been undiscovered in Ruggles' works. His thesis subsequently was filed in the archives of Yale University in 1971.
Dean Shank's other areas of special interest include the works of German classic and romantic composers, including Beethoven, Schubert and Schumann. During his master's studies at the University of North Texas, he coached several Beethoven Sonatas with Stefan Bardas, who had been a pupil of Edwin Fischer and Arthur Schnabel. Dean Shank's recital appearances include his acclaimed New York debut at International House as well as performances in Italy, Hawaii, and the southern and midwestern United States.
Since 1984 he has held the position of Artist Teacher of Piano in the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, where he is active as a studio piano instructor in the college and preparatory divisions.
As a nationally respected teacher, Dean Shank has lectured at the International Piano Pedagogy Workshops with John Perry in Italy, and Nelita True in Hawaii. He also lectured at the National Piano Pedagogy Convention in Wisconsin. He has taught and conducted workshops at the Illinois Summer Youth Music Camp. Former students include concerto competition winners at Interlochen Arts Academy and Robert Schultz, a nationally acclaimed composer of student piano literature.
He also has conducted extensive research into the history of the pianoforte, with focus on the development of its playing mechanism. Since his training in the concert departments of Steinway Halls in New York & London, he has developed courses in piano technology at the Shepherd School. Prior teaching appointments include those at University of Illinois and West Virginia University. He holds bachelor and master of music degrees in piano performance from the University of North Texas and a doctor of musical arts degree in piano performance from the University of Texas-Austin. His teachers have included Stefan Bardas, Richard Cass, Richard Goode, John Perry, the late William Race, and the late Alexander Uninsky.