Natalie Landowski

Title: Lecturer of Music
Dept.: Music

Dr. Natalie Landowski is currently the instructor of applied piano at Grand View University. She holds the B.M. (University of California, Irvine), M.M. (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) and D.M.A. (University of Iowa) degrees, and her primary teachers have included Ksenia Nosikova, Alan Huckleberry, Reid Alexander, William Heiles and Lorna Griffitt.

An active performer, Dr. Landowski has presented solo and chamber ensemble performances for the University of Iowa's Piano Sundays and Steinway Extravaganza series and at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, the Upper Bay Philharmonic Society, and Irvine City Hall, as well as other venues. She has attended music festivals throughout the U.S. and Europe, and has played in master classes given by notable artists such as Gary Graffman, Menahem Pressler, Eduardo Delgado, Kenneth Drake and Edward Parmentier.

Landowski started her teaching career at the age of sixteen and is well versed with teaching piano at all levels in both the group and private setting. She was awarded the Graduate Teaching Certificate from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign’s Center of Teaching Excellence, and was cited on the institution’s list of Teachers Ranked as Excellent (2011–12). In 2013, she joined the full-time piano faculty of West Music (Coralville, IA) in the Nancy Cree Keyboard Learning Centers, teaching a full studio for four years. Her students have competed, placed and won at the Iowa Music Teacher’s Association district and state auditions. In addition to her position at Grand View University, Landowski also currently serves on the piano faculty of the University of Iowa's Pre-College Piano Conservatory, and the Illinois Summer Youth Music and University of Iowa Piano Youth festivals.

Since fall 2016, Landowski has been involved in presenting pedagogy workshops and giving master classes at universities throughout southern California, Illinois, and Wisconsin. She has been invited to present lecture recitals at several regional conferences for the College Music Society, as well as the University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s 2018 Baroque Festival. Landowski is currently collaborating and touring with musicologist Marian Wilson Kimber, author of The Elocutionists: Women, Music, and the Spoken Word (Univ. of Illinois Press, 2017), reviving the lost art form of musical readings.

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance (with minors in General Education and Art History), University of California, Irvine
  • Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance and Pedagogy, University of Iowa

GV Start Date

  • August 2018

Areas of Expertise

  • Applied Piano
  • Piano Pedagogy
  • Music History
  • Music Theory


  • Dissertation, “Practical Hummel: A Guide for Pianists and Piano Teachers on How to Use Johann Nepomuk Hummel's Treatise Today” (University of Iowa, 2018).
  • Graduate Fellow, Graduate Student Senate Travel Funds Award from the University of Iowa (2018).
  • School of Music Travel Awards, University of Iowa (Fall 2016 and Spring 2018).
  • Presentations of my lecture recital, “Nature, People, and Court life at the Palace of Versailles: Exploring the World of François Couperin through his Pieces de Clavecin,” for the College Music Society’s 2018 regional conferences, and the 2018 Baroque Festival at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
  • Presenting my piano pedagogy workshop, “Shining Light on Neglected Keyboard Masters François Couperin and Johann Nepomuk Hummel” at the following institutions: the University of Iowa; University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana; University of California, Irvine; San Diego State University; and Saddleback College (2016).
  • Master Classes given at San Diego State University, and the University of Wisconsin-Platteville (2016 and 2018).
  • Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Collegiate Chapter Vice President, University of Iowa (2017–2018).
  • MTNA Collegiate Chapter President, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (2011–2012).
  • Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, inductee (2018). 

Personal Interests

  • Visiting national parks and hiking
  • Traveling overseas
  • Cooking
  • Reading
Natalie Landowski