Karen Buckland , Ph.D.
Professor of Music, Piano, History
Department of MusicEmail Dr. Buckland
DMA, University of South Carolina
MM, University of South Carolina
BM, Mansfield University
About Dr. Buckland
Karen Wisser Buckland is the Chair of the Department and Professor of Music at Presbyterian College. Dr. Buckland is the Director of Keyboard Studies and Piano and the artistic director of the annual PC Piano Clinic. She has been at PC since 1999.
Dr. Buckland earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Mansfield University, and a Master of Music degree and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Pedagogy. Her teachers include Raymond Dudley, John Adams, William Goode, and Max Camp. In addition to piano, Dr. Buckland also studied composition with Dr. Dick Goodwin at the University of South Carolina.
Active as a soloist and collaborator, adjudicator, and guest lecturer, Dr. Buckland has performed throughout the Southeast, Pennsylvania, Washington, Alaska, Nevada, and Canada. Her lectures on piano techniques, pedagogy, and composers include “Piano Techniques and Effects in Piano Music: An Historical Approach to Pedaling”, The Musical Score: “Teach an Inch, Learn a Mile”, “The Application of Harmonic Progression and Bass Line Analysis as an Aid to Learning and Memorizing Piano Literature”, and a performance lecture entitled “Isaak-Ignaz Moscheles (1794-1870): The Forgotten Pianist Composer and his Etudes, Op. 70a”. Drs. Karen and Jim Buckland are the co-founders and performers of Ludlamshöhle, a chamber ensemble dedicated to nineteenth-century music.
A member and past President of the Piano Division of the South Carolina Music Educators Association, Dr. Buckland is also a member of the National Association for Music Education, the Music Teachers National Association, the South Carolina Music Teacher Association, and the Guild of American Organists. Karen is the organist and pianist at First Presbyterian Church in Clinton, SC.