Dixie State University’s associate dean of the College of the Arts was recently honored by the Music Teachers National Association as a Foundation Fellow during the association’s 2022 virtual conference.
Dr. Nancy Allred, who also serves as the college’s director of piano studies and a professor of music, was honored for her contributions to music education.
“Those of us who’ve worked with Dr. Allred over the years, and certainly her students, have long recognized that she is a special, gifted teacher,” Dr. Jeffery Jarvis, dean of DSU’s College of the Arts, said. “As an artist on the piano, Nancy is talented, with a long, successful career.”
Allred has developed courses in piano pedagogy, literature, ensemble, accompanying, group piano and private piano at DSU. An accomplished soloist and chamber musician, Allred is a distinguished collaborator of vocal, choral and instrumental music.
“As a teacher, she is one of those rare individuals who combine artistic excellence with a heart for her students,” Jarvis said. “I am proud to be her colleague and all of us owe her a huge debt for her years of service to our students.”
Allred holds advanced degrees from Brigham Young University and the University of Missouri-Kansas City, studying piano with Paul Pollei, Robert Smith and renowned professor Joanne Baker. Allred has taught hundreds of piano students, many of who have pursued music degrees at prestigious undergraduate and graduate music programs.
As a nonprofit organization of independent and collegiate music teachers, the Music Teachers National Association is a committed to furthering the art of music through teaching, performance, composition and scholarly research. Founded in 1876, MTNA is the oldest professional music teachers association in the United States.
Dixie State’s Music Department offers bachelor’s degrees in performance, music, music education with secondary education licensure and integrated studies with an emphasis in music as well as a minor in music. The department prepares students with the tools necessary to function as musicians in performance halls, in the classroom, or for their own enjoyment while serving as an educational and cultural resource for the university, community and region. For more information about Dixie State University’s Music Department, visit music.utahtech.edu.