The article “The Pedagogical Value of ‘Enjoyment’ in the Classical Piano Studio – A Research Report on a Transdisciplinary Study” (Grund, O’Boyle, Westney, Yang) has been named “Article of the Year 2016” by MTNA E-Journal, and a cash award will be presented at the Music Teachers National Association conference in March 2017.
The Japanese edition of The Perfect Wrong Note, in its first year of publication, has become a bestseller and is now in its third printing.
Later in July, he gave workshops, public lectures, and coached solo and chamber performances at the Festival Filarmonico Juvenil in Chaco, Argentina, sponsored by Youth Orchestra of the Americas and by Fundación Pradier – Redes Culturales.
In 2015-16 Westney delivered online Webinars to young professional orchestral musicians in 15 countries in North and South America. Participants, all members of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas, were enrolled in that organization’s elite Global Leaders program, focusing on musical outreach to all segments of society.
Westney’s book The Perfect Wrong Note has been published in Japanese by Yamaha Music Media Corporation (2015).
A website from the United Kingdom, leanmusician.com, offers insightful articles designed to help musicians of all kinds meet with success and fulfillment. William Westney was asked to deliver its first podcast, “Performance, Practice, and Redefining Mistakes,” which can be heard here: http://www.leanmusician.com/william-westney-interview/
Two articles on the transdisciplinary research project carried out by Westney, Grund, O’Boyle and Yang (see Research tab) have been published in recent months. (1) “Musical Embodiment and Perception: Performances, Avatars and Audiences”: SIGNATA. Annales des Sémiotique / Annals of Semiotics, # 6, 2015. Music and Meaning / Sémiotiques de la musique, Presses Universitaires de Liège (Belgium). (2) “The Pedagogical Value of ‘Enjoyment’ in the Classical Piano Studio – A Research Report on a Transdisciplinary Study”: MTNA E-Journal April 16, 2016 (Music Teachers National Association)
Texas Tech University named William Westney to its “Integrated Scholars” roster in 2014. A profile and 2-minute video can be seen HERE.
Music Teachers National Association designated William Westney the 2012 recipient of the “Frances Clark Keyboard Pedagogy Award” in recognition of the ongoing contribution made to the field of pedagogy by his book The Perfect Wrong Note: Learning to Trust Your Musical Self (2003).
As a professional pianist, I have always been fascinated by the ways in which concert music performance makes us accountable, requires us to master skills of mind and body, and presents intriguing practical problems every day. As a university professor, studio teacher and workshop facilitator I’ve been faced with the challenge of developing instructional techniques that address performance issues in direct, useful ways.
The results of my ongoing research and its applications are chronicled in this website, and I believe that they will be of interest not only to musicians, but to professionals in other fields where there is also a high premium placed on effectiveness in performance, problem-solving, communication and creativity.
Thanks for visiting this site – and I’d be delighted to hear from you! – William Westney