Dr. Lynn Worcester Jones is a dedicated performer-scholar and serves as Assistant Professor, Keyboard Area Coordinator at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where she teaches piano instruction, survey of piano repertoire, piano pedagogy, piano ensemble, and musicianship lab. She is a versatile artist who maintains an active solo and collaborative performance career. Beginning her piano studies at the age of four with her mother, she has performed solo and chamber recitals throughout the United States, Italy and Vienna. She has won numerous national awards and prizes and has performed with members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and in numerous international summer festivals including the Atlantic Music Festival. Dr. Worcester has performed as a collaborative pianist with artists in the two-piano and chamber medium, enjoys performing modern works, and has performed with composers such as Frederick Rzewski.
Dr. Worcester produces a wide range of academic writings published in leading keyboard journals including articles, conference reports, and recorded interviews. Most recently, she published her article “Campaigning for College Music Study” in the Oct/Nov. 2019 issue of American Music Teacher. Earlier in the year, she published “Spencer Myer: 21st-Century American Pianist” in the Jan/Feb 2019 issue of Clavier Companion. In April 2017, Piano Pedagogy Forum published her work, "A Review of Studies on Piano Performers and Pedagogues" from her dissertation, “Allison Nelson: Pianist, Teacher, and Editor.” Her conference reports include “Teaching Your Students to Teach: Competency Expectations for All Levels of Group Piano Pedagogy Students,” from the 2017 Proceedings of the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy; and a report on “iPads in the Group Piano Classroom” from a presentation at the 2016 GP3 Forum published in the MTNA e-journal.
Dr. Worcester is regularly invited to speak, moderate, and present at professional conferences and events. In 2020 she will be presenting a lightning talk, “Priming Gen Z to Save the Arts: Campaigning for Undergraduate Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy Major” at the MTNA Group Piano and Piano Pedagogy Conference at Oberlin College. In 2019 she will be presenting “Repertoire Swaps: Advocating for Women Composers through Intermediate to Early Advanced Solo Piano Repertoire” at the West Tennessee Music Teachers Association, “Clara Schumann and 200 Years of Influences on Female Pianists and Composers” at the 2019 Tennessee Music Teachers State Conference, and co-presenting a panel discussion on “Apply for Your Dream Job! Navigating the Academic Job Market” at the 2019 National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy in Lombard, IL. In 2018 she served as Moderator for the “Networking Split Session on Graduate School” at the MTNA Collegiate Chapters Symposium, presented “A 10-Item Checklist for Teaching Technique in the Group Piano Classroom,” a Lightning Talk at the National Group Piano and Piano Pedagogy Forum (GP3) in Oberlin, OH, and served as Program Chair for the 2018 College Music Society Great Plains Regional Conference. She has presented one of her popular workshops titled “Do vs. Don’t: The Power of Language in Teaching” at the annual Georgia Music Teachers Association State Conference (November 2017), and at the annual California Association of Professional Music Teachers State Conference (October 2017). She has presented "How to Approach New Repertoire: Solutions for Successful Teaching," at the Iowa State Music Teachers Annual State Conference (June 2017), for the Northeast Area Music Teachers Association (September 2017), and the Chattanooga Music Teachers Association (October 2018). Other workshop presentations include “Strategies for Maintaining an Organized Group Piano Classroom,” presented at the Great Plains Regional Conference of the College Music Society (March 2017); “Improvisation Techniques for the Intermediate to Advanced Pianist,” presented with Patrick Jones at the annual Georgia Music Teachers Association State Conference (November 2016); and “Music Wellness for the Advanced Pianist,” presented at the Georgia Music Teachers Association State Conference (November 2015).
Dr. Worcester has earned the MTNA Professional Certification designation of a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM). Dr. Worcester maintains an active and high-achieving private piano studio and has taught in California, Texas, Oklahoma, Georgia, Iowa, and Tennessee. From 2013-2016, she was on piano faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, Michigan. While in Iowa, Dr. Worcester served on the Iowa Music Teachers Association Executive Board as Foundation Chair. Currently, Dr. Worcester serves on the Tennessee Music Teachers Association Executive Board as Junior Piano Competitions Chair. Additionally, she directs the annual UTC Piano Arts Competition. Her extensive experience in professional teaching associations, both national and regional, and as a competition and festival adjudicator allow her to guide and promote her piano students in their growth as performers.
Dr. Worcester is committed to building relationships which expand learning and performance opportunities for students and faculty at UTC. She maintains her professional affiliations and is committed to building student growth opportunities through performance and organizational activities. Dr. Worcester has directed and taught piano pedagogy programs at the graduate and undergraduate level and has taught applied piano, piano pedagogy, group piano, and piano literature. Before moving to Tennessee, Dr. Worcester was the Coordinator of the University of Northern Iowa's Group Piano and Graduate Piano Pedagogy Programs in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Prior to her time in Iowa, Dr. Worcester served as Assistant Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy at Shorter University in Rome, Georgia where she taught piano, accompanying, coordinated the group piano program, and served as Director of Piano Pedagogy. In Orange County, California, Dr. Worcester was a busy member of the Music Teacher’s Association of California from 2000 to 2010 and maintained an active and high-achieving private studio of all ages. Dr. Worcester is currently a member of the Music Teacher's National Association, the Tennessee Music Teachers Association, the Iowa Music Teachers Association, and the College Music Society.
Dr. Worcester earned the Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma, a Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy and Performance from Baylor University, and a Master of Music in Piano Performance from California State University, Fullerton where she also earned her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance. She has studied piano and piano pedagogy with Jane Magrath, Barbara Fast, Krassimira Jordan, Lesley McAllister, Eduardo Delgado, and Martha Baker-Jordan.