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Carla Davis Cash

Carla Davis CashCarla Davis Cash is Associate Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy at Texas Tech University where she serves as Chair of the Keyboard Division, teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in pedagogy and applied music, coordinates the undergraduate class piano program, and oversees keyboard area teaching assistants.

A native of Miami, Florida, Cash earned a B.M. in Keyboard Performance and M.M. in Keyboard Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Miami. She holds a Ph.D. in Music and Human Learning from The University of Texas at Austin.

As a recitalist, Dr. Cash has presented solo and collaborative performances throughout the United States, in Europe, and in Central and South America. She is a previous winner of the Grace Capua Award from the Chopin Foundation of the United States and of the Dranoff International Two Piano Collegiate Competition.

A significant portion of Dr. Cash’s professional activities are devoted to her current research interests, which center on the processes by which novice and expert musicians learn and refine motor skills through practice. Her work has been presented at numerous state, national, and international conferences of music performance, education, and psychology, and her articles can be found in the Journal of Research in Music Education, the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, and Clavier Companion.

Dr. Cash is the recipient of the 2009 and 2007 Outstanding Research Award from the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy (NCKP). She currently co-chairs the NCKP research committee and serves on the research committee of Texas Music Teachers Association (TMEA). In addition, she is a member of the editorial committees of the Journal of Research in Music Performance and the TMEA periodical Connections.

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