Jane Bastien - Junior Master Class »

JANE SMISOR BASTIEN teaches the Junior Master Class on Sunday, March 25 starting at 9 am.

The Bastien name has become synonymous with piano pedagogy.  With more than 300 books to their credit, Jane, her late husband, James and their daughters, Lisa and Lori, have inspired millions of teachers and piano students worldwide.

Jane, the daughter of piano teacher Gladys Smisor, developed a love for piano very early in her life.  She began piano lessons with Leota Anderson in Hutchinson, Kansas, at the age of three.  Jane received an Associate of Arts degree from Stephens College, a Bachelor of Arts degree from Barnard College, and a Master of Arts degree from Teachers' College, Columbia University.  Her piano teachers during her college years included the late David Milliken, Santos Ojeda, and Isabelle Vengerova.


In 1958 Jane founded the Preparatory Piano Department of Music at Newcomb College, Tulane University.  She taught piano pedagogy at Newcomb and also maintained a fulltime teaching studio of pre-college students, which inspired her to begin creating what is now known as Bastien teaching materials.

Jane currently maintains a full time teaching schedule in her home studio in La Jolla, California.  She teaches students of all ages and abilities and truly understands the day to day realities and challenges facing piano teachers.

Jane is committed to a tradition of excellence in piano pedagogy and continues to create new and exciting teaching materials for students.  At the Centennial Convention of the Music Teachers'  Association of California, 1996, Jane and James Bastien received the award for lifelong dedication as piano teachers and composers.  In 1999, Jane and James were presented with the Music Teachers' National Association Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of their significant contribution to music and music education.