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Joanne Haroutounian

Adjunct Faculty

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    4400 University Drive, MS 3E3
    Fairfax, VA 22030

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Dr. Joanne Haroutounian serves on the George Mason University piano faculty, and coordinates Mason’s piano pedagogy programs as well as Music Education Graduate Seminars covering topics concerning artistic and musical talent development.

Active internationally as a consultant in the areas of piano pedagogy, music, artistic thinking, creativity, and gifted/arts, Dr. Haroutounian regularly presents sessions at MTNA and NAGC conferences. She recently was plenary speaker at the Pacific Asian Conference on Giftedness in Singapore and the International Symposium on Gifted Arts in Seoul Korea, speaking on musical talent identification and gifted/arts education for all students.

She is well known for editing and writing over 25 teaching publications offered through Kjos Music Co., including Explorations in Music, a comprehensive curriculum in theory, ear training, analysis, and creative composition. Her pedagogy text, Fourth Finger on Bb: Effective Strategies for Teaching Piano is a major text for college pedagogy programs across the country. Her most recent pedagogy publications include Musician’s Performance Portfolio and Palette of Touches, a set of exercises with video clips presenting tonal color for the elementary to intermediate pianist.

Dr. Haroutounian additionally offers publications in the field of gifted/music and arts education. Her publication, Kindling the Spark: Recognizing and Developing Musical Talent, offered through Oxford University Press, provides information regarding perspectives of musical talent for teachers, parents, and pedagogy or music education students in college. She developed the concept of Artistic Ways of Knowing, which is explained in Artistic Ways of Knowing: How to Think Like an Artist and developed through Artistic Ways of Knowing: A Curriculum for the Artist Within EVERY Student. Her book, Arts Talent ID: A Framework for the Identification of Talented Students in the Arts contains a comprehensive process for arts talent identification for use by gifted/arts specialists. These books are published by Royal Fireworks Press. Refer to for details about publications and available workshops and consultation.

Dr. Haroutounian’s specialized interest in working with talented music students grew into PhD research at the University of Virginia that led to the development of the MusicLink program, which provides long-term private instruction to promising students in financial need. She is currently the Executive Director of the MusicLink Foundation, a non-profit organization that has reached over 6,000 students in all 50 states and four Canadian provinces, providing over $10 million in scholarship in-kind donation provided by volunteer MusicLink teachers.  More information on this organization can be found at MusicLink Foundation.


PhD, Education - Education Psychology, University of Virginia (1995)

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Appointment: Adjunct

Faculty Rank: Instructor


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