Coordinator of Piano Pedagogy and Group Piano
Principal Lecturer in Piano Performance
Department(s)Keyboard Studies, Piano
Brad Beckman is originally from Harvard, Illinois, and received his bachelor of music degree from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1986. While at IWU Dr. Beckman received numerous competitive scholarships, was Honors Recitalist, and was selected for Pi Kappa Lambda membership. Continued study with Joseph Banowetz brought Dr. Beckman to the University of North Texas in 1986 where he earned both a master of music degree and a doctor of music degree in Piano. While at UNT Dr. Beckman held a competitive Teaching Fellowship in Piano and received the Mary M. Morgan Dissertation Award for Excellence in Music Performance for his work on Ronald Stevenson's Passacaglia on DSCH. Dr. Beckman is currently Principal Lecturer in Piano and Coordinator of Piano Pedagogy and Group Piano at the University of North Texas. He teaches Piano Pedagogy, Keyboard Skills classes and is faculty advisor for the UNT/TMTA Collegiate Student Chapter. He also maintains a private studio at the Hockaday School in Dallas. Dr. Beckman is a frequent adjudicator and has contributed to Keyboard Companion Magazine regarding the teaching of adult students. He has been active in Texas Music Teachers Association as Presenter, Performance Contest Coordinator, Elected Director, past President of the Plano Music Teachers Association. TMTA chose Dr. Beckman as their Collegiate Teacher of the Year in 2010. Dr. Beckman is a frequent performer throughout the Midwest and has performed at the State Department in Washington, D.C., as part of the State of the Arts concert series where his playing was described as "sensitive, well constructed and erupting in a flood of emotions..." State Magazine, Washington, D.C. He also performs regularly with two-piano partner, Dr. Carolyn True of Trinity University and has recently released their first CD together entitled Bradley Beckman and Carolyn True 2. Dr. Beckman is a member of the College Music Society, European Piano Teachers Association and the American Liszt Society.