Dr. Diana Dumlavwalla is Associate Professor of piano pedagogy at Florida State University. Previously, she taught at Western University where she developed the faculty’s inaugural doctoral piano pedagogy course. She also serves as a member of The Royal Conservatory of Music’s College of Examiners and adjudicates at local, regional and...

Dr. Diana Dumlavwalla is Associate Professor of piano pedagogy at Florida State University. Previously, she taught at Western University where she developed the faculty’s inaugural doctoral piano pedagogy course. She also serves as a member of The Royal Conservatory of Music’s College of Examiners and adjudicates at local, regional and state/provincial competitions. As a soloist and chamber musician, Dumlavwalla has performed in North America, Europe and Australia. She has presented lecture recitals and papers at numerous conferences, and her research has been featured in several publications. She was awarded the 2018 and 2020 MTNA E-Journal Article of the Year. She currently serves as president for the Florida State Music Teachers Association.

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