Eastern Michigan University

College of Arts and Sciences

Music & Dance

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Dr. Garik Pedersen


garik pedersen 304 Alexander Building




DMA in Piano, University of Iowa

Courses Taught

  • Applied Piano
  • Piano Pedagogy


Garik Pedersen has taught piano at Eastern Michigan University for over 25 years.  His studio, which has included undergraduate and graduate students from many U.S. states and fifteen other countries, has produced prizewinners in national and international—as well as numerous regional and state competitions. A Steinway artist, Pedersen’s performance career as soloist and chamber musician has taken him to venues throughout the United States and in Europe, Canada, Central America, Taiwan and the Philippine Islands. Recent appearances have included The Victory Vertical Project, which since 2018 has taken him throughout the United States, a tour of 9 cities in Taiwan (2014), Steinway Hall (New York City, 2008), Cleveland’s International Music Festival (2010), Michigan’s Gilmore Festival (2014 and 2010), and the Isidor Bajic Music School in Novi Sad, Serbia (2010). Pedersen has recorded for the Albany and Hornblower labels, and in 2008 he recorded the musical examples in the anthology that accompanies McGraw-Hill’s popular text Music in Theory and Practice. He has presented programs for the U.S. State Department, the National Federation of Music Clubs, Music Teachers National Association, the European Piano Teachers Association, Canadian Federation of Music Teachers Associations, and the Royal Conservatory of Music, as well as on numerous public television and radio broadcasts.


Dr. Pedersen has performed and taught at many summer music festivals, including Cleveland’s International Music Festival, Spokane’s Musicfest Northwest, the World Piano Conference (Serbia), Tunghai Summer Music Festival (Taiwan), Michigan’s Interlochen Arts Camp and Blue Lake Arts Festival, and other music camps and festivals in Arizona, Iowa, Missouri, Colorado, Kentucky, and Indiana. He has served as an adjudicator for piano competitions in nineteen states.


A student of Wesley True at the University of Central Missouri, which awarded him its Distinguished Alumnus in Music in 2010, Pedersen was the final DMA piano student of John Simms at the University of Iowa, graduating in 1986. Other major influences have been Gyorgy Sebok, Eugene Bossart, and Edwin E. Gordon. Before coming to EMU, he taught at Iowa Wesleyan College, Hastings College, and Missouri State University.


Gary is a past president of Michigan Music Teachers Association, which honored him with its Distinguished Service Award in 2016.  He received the Michigan Touchstone Award in 2017 in recognition of his “commitment to Michigan’s artistic excellence and his advocacy for the arts.”  He is listed in the 2018 edition of Who’s Who in Fine Arts Higher Education.


The School of Music & Dance is part of the College of Arts & Sciences, 214 Pray-Harrold • Faculty Resources