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Cornett-Murtada, Vanessa

Associate Professor of Music, Director of Keyboard Studies, Piano
Degree
D.M.A. University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Office
Loras Hall 202
Phone
(651) 962-5856
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5856
Mail
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave., BEC 5
St. Paul, MN 55105

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 Advisory Board of the Luann Dummer Center for Women, Coordinating Council of the University Advocates for Women and Equity, Sacred Arts Festival Committee, and as co-convener of LGBTQ+ and Allies.  She is a founding member of the St. Thomas Project for Mindfulness and Contemplation.

An international clinician, Dr. Cornett has presented workshops and masterclasses in 15 of the United States and in the U.K., Canada, Ireland, Finland, Serbia, Croatia, Greece, Argentina, Taiwan, and South Africa. 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 on Spirituality and Music Education, 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 American Music Teacher, the MTNA eJournal, Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education, College Music Symposium, Clavier Companion, The Canadian Music Teacher / Le Professeur de Musique Canadien, 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.  She chairs the Committee on Wellness for the Pianist for the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, serves on the College Music Society Committee on Musician’s Health, chairs the Wellness Forum for the Minnesota Music Teachers Association, and serves on the editorial board for the MTNA eJournal. 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 and literature 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 mindfulness, musician health and wellness, and mental skills training for performers.

Fall 2017 Courses

Fall 2017 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
GMUS 571 - 01 Perf Study: Piano 30' - - - - - - - -
CRN: 40344 1 Credit Hours Instructor: Vanessa Cornett-Murtada Twelve 50-minute individual lessons: 1 cr. Twelve 30-minute individual lessons: 1 cr. Arrange private lessons with the instructor before registering. Specify the instructor and duration of lessons on the course registration form.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
GMUS 571 - 02 Perf Study: Piano 50' - - - - - - - -
CRN: 40582 1 Credit Hours Instructor: Vanessa Cornett-Murtada Twelve 50-minute individual lessons: 1 cr. Twelve 30-minute individual lessons: 1 cr. Arrange private lessons with the instructor before registering. Specify the instructor and duration of lessons on the course registration form.

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Location Time Day(s)
MUSC 115 - 02 Understanding Music&Culture M - W - - - - 1525 - 1700 BEC 111
CRN: 40403 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Vanessa Cornett-Murtada This survey course explores the classics of European and American music in their historical, cultural and social contexts. It will investigate the many ethnic, religious, political, philosophical, economic and scientific influences that have shaped these traditions. This course is designed to enable students, regardless of musical background, to increase their understanding of music. The listening skill and knowledge acquired will provide a foundation for students to become more critical and discerning listeners of music of all types. This course fulfills the Fine Arts requirement in the core curriculum. NOTE: Students who receive credit for MUSC 115 may not receive credit for MUSC 118 or 119.

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Location Time Day(s)
MUSP 131 - 01 Perf Study: Piano 30' - - - - - - - -
CRN: 40215 1 Credit Hours Instructor: Vanessa Cornett-Murtada elective Students must complete an online Lesson Registration Form with the music department in addition to registering through Murphy. Please got to the following link and read the ‘Registration’ section. http://www.stthomas.edu/music/undergraduate/lessons

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Location Time Day(s)
MUSP 131 - 02 Perf Study: Piano 50' - - - - - - - -
CRN: 40527 1 Credit Hours Instructor: Vanessa Cornett-Murtada elective Students must complete an online Lesson Registration Form with the music department in addition to registering through Murphy. Please got to the following link and read the ‘Registration’ section. http://www.stthomas.edu/music/undergraduate/lessons

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MUSP 231 - 01 Applied BA: Piano 50' - - - - - - - -
CRN: 40511 1 Credit Hours Instructor: Vanessa Cornett-Murtada Students must complete an online Lesson Registration Form with the music department in addition to registering through Murphy. Please got to the following link and read the ‘Registration’ section. http://www.stthomas.edu/music/undergraduate/lessons

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MUSP 331 - 01 Applied BM: Piano 50' - - - - - - - -
CRN: 40556 2 Credit Hours Instructor: Vanessa Cornett-Murtada Students must complete an online Lesson Registration Form with the music department in addition to registering through Murphy. Please got to the following link and read the ‘Registration’ section. http://www.stthomas.edu/music/undergraduate/lessons

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J-Term 2018 Courses

J-Term 2018 Courses
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Spring 2018 Courses

Spring 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
MUSC 115 - 02 Understanding Music & Culture M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 BEC 111
CRN: 20173 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Vanessa Cornett-Murtada This survey course explores the classics of European and American music in their historical, cultural and social contexts. It will investigate the many ethnic, religious, political, philosophical, economic and scientific influences that have shaped these traditions. This course is designed to enable students, regardless of musical background, to increase their understanding of music. The listening skill and knowledge acquired will provide a foundation for students to become more critical and discerning listeners of music of all types. This course fulfills the Fine Arts requirement in the core curriculum. NOTE: Students who receive credit for MUSC 115 may not receive credit for MUSC 118 or 119.

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