Texas Tech University

Lora Deahl

Associate Dean of Undergraduate and Curricular Issues

Lora Deahl is responsible for managing undergraduate and academic issues, including the following:

  • Degree program auditing, advising issues, grade appeals
  • Enrollment issues, recruitment & retention activities
  • Interfacing with the Honors College
  • Commencement activities
  • Chairing the TCVPA Committee on Academic Programs
  • Catalog copy, Viewbook
  • International Affairs - Student issues
  • Student Diversity Issues
  • Academic Council
  • Associate Deans Council
  • Enrollment Management Council
  • Service Learning Advisory Council
  • Student Life Council
  • Teacher Education Council
  • University Orientation Committee

Lora Deahl

Lora Deahl is Professor of Piano and Keyboard Literature and Associate Dean of Curricular and Undergraduate Affairs in the Talkington College of Visual and Performing Arts at Texas Tech University. She was designated a U.S. Presidential Scholar from her native state of Hawaii under President Lyndon Johnson and was a National Merit Scholar at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. She subsequently earned graduate degrees with highest honors from Indiana University and the University of Texas at Austin.

Deahl has appeared as soloist with the Honolulu, Lubbock, Texas Tech University, and Southwest Symphony Orchestras, and has performed numerous solo, chamber music, and lecture recitals in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Europe, and Korea. She has presented research papers and recitals at meetings of the National Conference on Piano Pedagogy, International Society for Music Education, American Musicological Society, College Music Society, Music Teachers National Association, Texas Music Teachers Association, Texas Music Educators Association, International Conference on Romanticism, North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, American Conference on Romanticism, Hawaii International Conference for the Arts and Humanities, the World Piano Conference, and the Van Cliburn International Piano Institute. Her articles on piano literature and pedagogy have appeared in the International Journal of Musicology, Piano and Keyboard, the College Music Symposium, American Music Teacher, and Keyboard Companion.

She is particularly known for her research concerning the biomechanics of piano technique, the performance practice and literature of the piano, and women's roles in music. In November 2017, a groundbreaking study she co-wrote with Brenda Wristen, Adaptive Strategies for Small-Handed Pianists, was published by the Oxford University Press. Recipient of Texas Tech University's prestigious Chancellor's Award for Teaching, the Collegiate Teacher of the Year Award from the Texas Music Teachers Association, and the Phi Kappa Phi Contributions to Excellence in Higher Education Award, she has been described as a teacher of exceptional devotion with an uncanny ability to bring about change in students at all ability levels, merging intellectual rigor with musical passion. In addition, she has been the recipient of the Women's Studies Community Connection Trailblazer Award in the Arts and has been elected to Texas Tech University's Teaching Academy, an honorary designation for master teachers of that institution; the Oberlin College chapter of Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honorary Society; and the Texas Tech University chapter of Phi Kappa Phi Academic Honorary Society.