Jane Fiske

Humanities School of Arts and Sciences
Jane Fiske
978.665.3016 Office: Conlon Fine Arts 163
Office Hours
Spring 2024

Tuesday and Thursday 12:30pm-2pm (either in person or online)
Appointments via Google Meet available upon email request

Courses Taught

Art of Music (MUSC 1000)
Commonwealth of the Arts (MUSC 2000)
Commonwealth of the Modern Arts ( MUSC 2130)
Class Piano (MUSC 2500)
Bach to Beethoven (MUSC 3600)
Romanticism to Rock (MUSC 3650)
Women, Music, and Society (MUSC 3900)
Directed Study and Independent Study in Piano
Critical and Creative Thinking (IDIS 1600)
Mozart to Modernism (HON 1070)
Contemporary Issues in the Humanities (HON 2053)
Research on Women, Music and Society (MUSC 7002)
Music and the Modern Arts (MUSC 7012)
Critical Inquiry in Interdisciplinary Studies (IDIS 8000)


D.M.A., Boston University, College of Fine Arts, (Music Education), 1997
M.M., New England Conservatory of Music (Piano), 1981
B.M., New England Conservatory of Music (Piano), 1979


Certificate in Management and Leadership in Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education, 2015
Certified Music Instructor, Pre K-9 (MA), 1990-present


20th Annual Vincent J. Mara Award for Excellence in Teaching, FSU Alumni Association, 2010
Marion and Jasper Whiting Fellowship, 2006
Fitchburg State University Creative Activity Award for Piano Recitals at FSU, 2006
Ruth Butler Grant for Piano CD, 2006
Teacher of the Year Award, FSU Student Government Association, 1996

Women in Music
Critical and Creative Thinking in Music
Interdisciplinary Studies
Contemporary Issues in the Humanities
Piano Instruction (children through adults)
Mentorship (new department chairs and new faculty)


Current Projects:

Performance of Four-Handed Literature by Women Composers
Performer and Collaborator for Women in the Arts at Fitchburg State University (2015-present)
ALFA (Adult Learners in the Fitchburg Area) Instructor (2004-present)
Community Music Lesson Program piano instructor (2015-present)

Paper Presentations (Select List)

Fiske, J. (2021). "Critical and Creative Thinking-in-Action; Playing the Piano.” 41st Annual International Conference on Critical Thinking, 2021 Virtual Conference.

Fiske, J. (2019). "Teach Students Critical Thinking Skills through Musical Form." Fourteenth International Conference on the Arts in Society. Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon, Portugal.

Fiske, J. (2018). "Teach Critical and Creative Thinking Skills by Playing an Instrument." Thirteenth International Conference on the Arts in Society. Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver, BC, Canada. 

Fiske, J. (2009). "Contemporary Issues in the Humanities." International Conference on the Arts in Society, Palazzo Cavalli, Franchetti, Venice, Italy.

Fiske, J. (2006). "Arts Education for the Twentieth-First Century: Engagement through Interdisciplinary Experience." International Conference on the Arts in Society, University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Fiske, J. (2003). "Practical Guide to Mentoring for the Department Chair." 20th Annual Academic Chairperson Conference. Orlando, FL.

Fiske, J. (2002). "Art of Successful Mentoring." College Music Society, Berklee College, Boston, MA.

Fiske, J. (2001). "A Woman's Career in Music." 6th Festival of Women Composers, Indiana University, Indiana, PA.

Fiske, J. (1998). "Profile of Women Music Educators in Higher Education" (Doctoral Dissertation). All-State Conference, Danvers, MA.

Concerts - Solo (Select List)

Fitchburg State University, Fitchburg, MA
1794 House Concert Series, New Salem, MA
Memorial Hall Museum, Deerfield, MA
Wesley United Methodist Church, Worcester, MA
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Numerous museums, schools, and libraries throughout the US

Concerts - With Orchestra (Select List)

Indian Hill Symphony Orchestra
Thayer Symphony Orchestra
Salem Philharmonic Orchestra
Greater Marlboro Symphony Orchestra


CD Recording of Piano Works - Villa-Lobos, Chopin, Debussy (Proceeds benefit Patterson Music Scholarship), 2006
CD Recording of Piano Works - Scarlatti, Schumann, Brahms, C. Schumann, Messiaen, Debussy (Proceeds benefit Patterson Music Scholarship), 2004

MMTA - Massachusetts Music Teachers Association
MTNA - Music Teachers National Association
National Guild of Piano Teachers
CMS - College Music Society
MTA - Massachusetts Teachers Association