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Martha Hilley




Martha Hilley joined the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin School of Music in 1982 as Coordinator of Group Piano. In 1986, she became Keyboard Division Head and served in that position until 1989. From 1994-99, she served as Associate Director and Director of Undergraduate Studies for the School of Music.

Ms. Hilley has been active in workshops, conferences, and seminars on the international, national, state and local levels. She has taught for in Italy, Belgium, Hawaii, Australia, Norway and Austria. She has also served on the faculty of the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival in Alaska and the Summer Keyboard Institute at Tunghai University in Taichung, Taiwan.

Professor Hilley’s abilities as a teacher were recognized in 1983 when she received the Texas Excellence Teaching Award and again in 1988 when she was awarded one of four Dad’s Association Centennial Fellowships for excellence in undergraduate teaching. In 1992, she was recipient of the prestigious Orpheus Award presented by Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia in recognition of her contributions to the field of music. The Texas Music Teachers Association named Ms. Hilley Outstanding Collegiate Teacher in 1997. In 1998 she was the first College of Fine Arts faculty member to be awarded the William Blunk Endowed Professorship. In 2002, Professor Hilley was named as the first MTNA Foundation Fellow for the state of Texas. In 2004 she was elected Vice President of the Music Teachers National Association. Ms. Hilley was inducted into the University of Texas Academy of Distinguished Teachers in the fall of 2005.

Hilley’s articles have been published in Clavier, Piano Quarterly and Keyboard Companion. She is co-author of two college piano texts: Piano for the Developing Musician and Piano for Pleasure. The texts were the first to embrace dedicated digital sequencer technology through disks furnished to teachers as well as the first to provide web-based computer tutorials, available at

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