Dr. Beth A. Bauer received her doctorate of music education from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Her dissertation is titled "What is an appropriate approach to piano instruction for students with Down syndrome?" Additional degree work includes a Master of Music from Northern Illinois University where she studied with Bill Koehler, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music where she was a student of Daniel P. Horn. Additional pedagogy instruction occurred with Karin Edwards, Larry Rast, and Karen Taylor. Currently, she is the academic advisor and instructor for the pedagogy degree program at the Wheaton College Conservatory where she also teaches Music to Special Learners and oversees pedagogy student teachers and music internships. In addition to her faculty work in the Conservatory, Dr. Bauer coordinates Beethoven's Buddies, a music program for children with developmental delays at the Community School of the Arts, Wheaton College and teaches pre-college piano to beginning to advanced students in the Community School of the Arts.

Prior to her work at Wheaton College, Dr. Bauer was a visiting guest instructor in music education at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She also was the assistant to the director and an instructor in the Young Pianists Program at Indiana University. Additional positions included the Education Director at the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic and the Program Director at the Suzuki-Orff School for Young Musicians in Chicago.

Her work with students with special needs has been featured in The Chicago Tribune, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, the Indiana University Alumni Magazine, The Daily Herald, and the Wheaton College Alumni Magazine. Dr. Bauer is a sought after clinician and speaker to professional teacher's organizations and parent groups. She has been teaching piano for more than 25 years and working with students with special needs for more than 20 years. Dr. Bauer recently received the National Certification for the Music Teachers National Association.

D.M.E., Indiana University

M.M., Northern Illinois School of Music

B.A., Wheaton College    

"When someone tells me I can't do something, I like to prove them wrong."​


Narrated by NBC Nightly News' Kevin Tibbles:

When Jason Neurhing's mom wanted him to learn the piano, many didn't think he could do it.

When Beth Bauer wanted to teach children like Jason, people didn't think she could do that either. She's enjoyed proving them wrong.

"It's what teachers are supposed to do," she says.

But very few can.

Jason has autism. Beth has compassion.

National Conference of Keyboard Pedagogy, Special Needs Committee Co-Chair (NCKP)

Music Teachers National Association, Special 
Suzuki Associations of America

Dr. Beth Bauer in her studio at Wheaton College, where she developed a program called Beethoven's Buddies to teach piano to students with developmental disabilities.


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