The University of St. Thomas


Vanessa Cornett-Murtada

Vanessa Cornett-Murtada

Cornett-Murtada, Vanessa

Associate Professor of Music, Director of Keyboard Studies, Piano
Phone: (651) 962-5856
Toll Free: (800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5856

University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave., BEC 9
St. Paul, MN  55105

Office Location: Loras Hall 202

Vanessa Cornett is the Director of Keyboard Studies and Associate Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy. She teaches piano and courses through the Graduate Programs in Music Education, including elementary and intermediate piano pedagogy, keyboard literature, and music theory pedagogy. She also directs the Certificate in Piano Pedagogy and the annual Summer Workshops in Piano Pedagogy at the University of St. Thomas.  Outside of the music department she serves on the Sacred Arts Festival Committee, on the Advisory Board of the Luann Dummer Center for Women, and on the Coordinating Council of the University Advocates for Women and Equity.

An international clinician, Dr. Cornett has presented workshops and masterclasses around the United States and in the U.K., Canada, Ireland, Italy, Serbia, Croatia, Greece, and Taiwan. She is an active clinician for national conferences of the Music Teachers National Association, the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, and the College Music Society. She has also presented at the World Piano Conference, International Society of Music Education World Congress, International Conference of the Arts in Society, Annual Symposium of the Performing Arts Medical Association, the Centre for the Study of International Governance, and at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum.

Her publications include book chapters in the fourth edition of Creative Piano Teaching, papers in the Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education, College Music Symposium, and in proceedings and reference journals for the Music Teachers National Association and the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy.  She is also a regular reviewer of new music, books, and recordings for Clavier Companion and American Music Teacher.  She chairs the Committee on Wellness for the Pianist for the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, and serves on the Wellness Forum and as College Faculty Forum Chair for the Minnesota Music Teachers Association. She received outstanding teaching awards from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the Music Academy of North Carolina.

Dr. Cornett obtained the D.M.A. degree in piano performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She earned her B.M. degree in piano performance and M.M. degree in piano pedagogy from West Virginia University. She is a licensed hypnotherapist and a certified meditation instructor who specializes in the treatment of performance anxiety for musicians. Her current research focuses on the role of mindfulness in music performance.