Dr. Gerardo Ascheri
Gerardo Ascheri lives in Lansing and is an active teacher and music advocate in the Lansing community. Dr. Ascheri is a solo and chamber musician and collaborates as chamber pianist with a number of musicians in the Greater Lansing Area. Dr. Ascheri teaches at Schoolcraft College in Livonia, where he is the Director of the Piano Teachers Certificate Program. He also has a private studio at home.
He is also involved in several musical organizations. He serves as President of the Lansing Matinee Musicale; has served as President for the (Michigan) Capital Area Music Teachers Association and as President of the Michigan Music Teachers Association. He is currently the Chairman of the MMTA Piano Achievement Testing Committee. He is part of the Music Teachers National Association Board of Directors, representing the East Central Division. He is also a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Dr. Ascheri has received the 2008-2009 Distinguished Service Award from the Michigan Music Teachers Association.
Dr. Ascheri gives master classes, and lectures regularly in Michigan about subjects such as Latin American Music and Composers, and Colonial American piano music. In recent years, he has also presented on various subjects such as teaching the very young, how to transition to intermediate level, elements of artistry, elements of technique, and duo playing.
Dr. Ascheri earned a DMA from Michigan State University where he studied with Ralph Votapek. He has a Masters Degree in Piano Performance from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and a Performance and Music Education degree from Universidad Nacional de Rosario, Argentina, where he studied with composer and pianist Roberto Caamaño. In the summer of 2000, Dr. Ascheri attended the Seventh American-Russian Piano Institute at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, St. Petersburg, Russia.
During the past years Mr. Ascheri received Suzuki training at the Chicago Suzuki Institute, The Suzuki Association of Northern Ohio (Berea), Studea Music in Orford, Quebec, and Colorado Suzuki Institute (Beaver Creek). He trained with Doris Koppelman, Dorris Harrel, Fay Adams, Renee Robins (Ann Arbor), and Nehama Patkin.
Dr. Ascheri often teaches at various Suzuki workshops and summer institutes, such as the Austin and Houston piano winter workshops (Texas), Anchorage Suzuki Summer Institute (Alaska), Blue Lake Suzuki Family Camp (Michigan), Suzuki by the Green and the Massachusetts Suzuki Festival (both in Massachusetts).