Randall Faber Receives Lifetime Achievement Award in Education

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Randall Faber, co-author of the best-selling Piano Adventures teaching method, has received the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award in Education from the Roland Corporation. The award was presented on January 24th at the 2019 Roland International Press Conference during The NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA.

Brian Alli, Roland Corporation Vice President of Key Influencers and Business Development made the presentation, that also included the Roland/BOSS fourth annual lifetime achievement awards recognizing individuals for their creative contributions to the music industry. The new Lifetime Achievement Award in Education is part of Roland’s ongoing dedication and support of music education.

As pianist and educator, Randall Faber has appeared as special guest at universities and conservatories throughout North America and Asia, including the Beijing Central Conservatory and the Royal Conservatory of Canada. He has been convention artist for the Music Teachers National Association and master teacher at the World Conference on Piano Pedagogy, National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, the Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference and the USA National Piano Teachers Institute. Dr. Faber holds three degrees from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in Education and Human Development from Vanderbilt University. His research on motivation and talent development has been featured in journals and media in South Korea, China, Australia, and at the International Conference on Motivation in Portugal. In 2018, Piano Adventures by Nancy and Randall Faber was selected to receive the prestigious MTNA Frances Clark Keyboard Pedagogy Award. The Fabers are co-founders of the Faber Piano Institute.

In his acceptance speech, Dr. Faber remarked, “Artistic excellence reminds us that skill derives from persistent hard work, over months and years of effort. The process of art also involves inspiration. Inspiration occurs at the intersection of experience and preparation. So there’s an important lesson here for the next generation, and perhaps an important lesson for all of us, especially in a culture of instant gratification. And that lesson is: hard work opens the door to inspiration. Discipline invites creativity. We need diligent, focused practice. Then we punctuate that effort with stepping back. Stepping outside ourselves, outside of our need to be right. Being receptive to new ideas. Receptive to the muse. Receptive to inspiration, and to being creative.”

18 Responses to “Randall Faber Receives Lifetime Achievement Award in Education”

  1. Dorothy Weeks February 12, 2019 at 8:24 am #


  2. Amy Heeringa February 12, 2019 at 8:52 am #

    Wonderful! Thank you Randall and Nancy and Institute for inspiring my students over the past 25 years. Keep it going. Congrats and God bless.

  3. Karen Kastner February 12, 2019 at 9:04 am #

    That is so wonderful! You and Nancy have helped me become such a better teacher over these years. Thank you!

  4. Becky Somsel February 12, 2019 at 9:11 am #

    You and Nancy are most deserving of any educational awards out there! You make teaching “easy” with your amazing book series! Thanks for all you do.

  5. Joan Reppert February 12, 2019 at 10:45 am #

    During my early years of teaching piano, Alfred was my “go-to” method book. With its colorful, funny art work, I thought that it was the best! Then I looked at Piano Adventures with its minimalist drawings and was disappointed. But hold on!! I discovered that the “color” in the drawings of Alfred were replace by the “color” in the music of Piano Adventures. That was more than 20 years ago and I’ve never looked back. Thank you, Fabers, for giving my students the compelling, fun and inspirational music that they deserve! Congratulations to you both – and today, especially to Randall for this award!

    • Adella Nowowieski February 13, 2019 at 1:46 am #

      Randy, you truly deserve all of these congratulations and well done. My story resonates with Joan Reppert; since 2001 I found that same color in the music, the methods, the follow through, the advanced teachings you and Nancy have brought to piano/music teaching. My students know of your work and commitment to music learning and performance with a special emphasis on the simple knowledge of how children (of all ages) learn. You model superior form in your demo lessons and have really brought much more focus on healthy technique and the artistry of performance. I look forward to more excellent work from all the Piano Adventures Staff. Thank and Blessings to all of you!

  6. Helene Friedlander February 12, 2019 at 12:06 pm #

    Well deserved!! Congratulations!
    For me, the Piano Adventures and supplemental materials have created very strong readers, musicians and performers in my students! All the best!
    Helene Friedlander

  7. DeAnne Prosek February 12, 2019 at 2:37 pm #

    No one deserves it more! Congratulations!

  8. Kelly Parker February 12, 2019 at 4:06 pm #

    Congratulations Dr. Faber! Well-deserved. <3

  9. Heidi Neal February 12, 2019 at 4:20 pm #

    I love the quote from his acceptance speech about inspiration! I have definitely been inspired at music workshops by Dr. Faber’s expertise and love using the Piano Adventures books with my student’s because the pieces are so engaging.

  10. Audrey Thorson February 12, 2019 at 9:23 pm #

    Congratulations! When the Fabers introduced Piano Adventures at one of their first workshops I knew it was a winner. I think every teacher who attended that day bought the books.

  11. LadyD February 13, 2019 at 12:52 pm #

    Well done! Congratulations!!

  12. Marcia Mally, teacher of 51 years February 13, 2019 at 8:23 pm #

    Congratulations to both you and Nancy for providing us teachers with such well rounded repertoire. I’ve used Faber repertoire all of my teaching years when you published it. And I’ve been teaching for 51 years and going strong.
    Thank you again for your expert teaching and workshops. We at NWMTA, love you.

  13. Lily February 27, 2019 at 8:18 am #


  14. Wendy Beard February 27, 2019 at 8:39 am #

    Congratulations. I began teaching piano in 1996 and used your method the most. Through the years, your methods have been the foundation of almost all the teaching that I have done. Why go anywhere else when I like what you two do best? Your methods are the framework and then I supplement with other things but also with your supplementary books as well. Thanks for all your hard work and I am glad that you got the award, Randall. Please share it with Nancy.

  15. Sarah Hitchcock February 27, 2019 at 12:21 pm #

    Yes, Wendy Beard, I am glad you said “share it with Nancy.” I have been teaching for more than 40 years and have many favorite composers of interesting, compelling music for students to learn to understand the more than notes that is music. Now, I seem to be teaching only adults, and they love the performance books, and all of Nancy’s pieces. Basically, because of the diversity.

  16. Robyn February 27, 2019 at 3:01 pm #

    Thank you Randy and Nancy for fun a and inspirational method and music! I have been using your materials in my studio for years and we all love your work. Congrats on your Lifetime Achievement Award from Roland. May you be blessed with even more inspiration and success!

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