The Faculty


Marvin Blickenstaff is known among piano teachers throughout the country for his teaching, lecturing, performing, and publishing. He is a frequent presenter at regional and state conventions of music teachers and for the national conference of the Music Teachers National Association. For sixteen summers he was on the faculty of the International Workshops where he performed and lectured in Canada, Austria, Scotland, Norway, France, and Switzerland. In 1995 and again in 2004 The Registered Piano Teachers of New Zealand sponsored him in concert and workshop tours of that country. The Marvin Blickenstaff Endowment Fund was established in his honor in 2001 by the MTNA. He has been on the faculty of the New School for Music Study for nine years where he teaches private lessons and directs the PEPS program for advanced students. Blickenstaff is Board President of the Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy and is on the Executive Planning Committee of the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy.

Amy Glennon (Educational Director) has written articles on piano teaching that have been published in Keyboard Companion Magazine and is the co-author of four duet collections comprising the Side by Side series, distributed by Alfred Publishing. A video tape of her group and private teaching was featured at the 2000 Music Teachers National Convention. Ms. Glennon established the Group Piano Program at Mount Holyoke College (South Hadley, MA) where she was on the piano faculty from 1990-96. She has studied piano with Lee Luvisi at the University of Louisville, where she earned her masters degree in Piano Performance.


Rebecca Mergen Pennington has been a member of the faculty of the New School for Music Study since 2007.  She currently serves as Administrative Director.  Dr. Pennington has been a frequent performer in faculty recitals, contributed to teacher development through blog posts, teaching videos, and work at the NSMS Summer Seminar, and teaches the popular Piano Detectives Club class for kindergarten students.  She holds a DMA and MM in Piano Performance from the University of Kansas, and a BM in Music Education from Concordia College.  Previous teachers include Jack Winerock and Jay Hershberger.  Prior to joining the New School faculty, she taught at The Music Clubhouse, The University of Kansas, and Midwestern Music Camp.  Dr. Pennington has presented at NCKP and MTNA conferences.  She is interested in collaborative music and 20th century music.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her three children.

Additional Faculty at NSMS

Angela Triandafillou (Admissions Director)

Kristin Cahill

Emily Lau

Tracy Grandy

Angela Leising Catalan

Charl Louw

Margie Nelson

Todd Van Kekerix