Posting Date: November 21, 2011
David Watkins receives Teacher of the Year award
KSU Professor Emeritus of Piano recognized by GMTA
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KENNESAW, Ga.—Kennesaw State University Professor Emeritus of Piano, David Watkins, received the 2011 Teacher of the Year award from the Georgia Music Teachers Association. The award was presented on Nov. 4 at the 2011 Fall Conference at Columbus State University.
"I was pleased and honored to have received the 2011 Teacher of the Year Award from Georgia Music Teachers Association," says Watkins. "Former recipients of this award are valued colleagues in the piano teaching profession whose work I admire."
Watkins studied at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and made his solo recital debut in New York at Carnegie Hall in 1986. Later, he was added to the roster of International Steinway Artists. After nearly three decades of dedicated service at KSU, Watkins retired in 2010. He continues to teach at KSU, perform and work on side projects.
Teaching, in the end, remains as important as ever to Watkins. "Through the students we teach, the art of music will survive into the next generation, and through them into the future," he explains. "The human race needs music and the fine arts as a tempering and refining influence."
"What I love most about teaching is seeing the students develop artistically and personally through music and helping them to create beauty in the world."
Watkins next performance is scheduled for March 15, 2012, 8 p.m. at the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center. The concert is free and open to the public.
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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 80 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of more than 24,100 students from 142 countries.
The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts departments.