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Faculty Directory » Jane Fiske


Office Hours:

Semester: Fall 2019
Tuesday and Thursday 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.

Office Information:

Room Number: Conlon Fine Arts, Room 163
Phone: (978) 665-3016

Courses Taught:

  • Critical Inquiry in Interdisciplinary Studies (graduate)
  • Research on Women, Music and Society (graduate)
  • Contemporary Issues in the Humanities (Honors)
  • Mozart to Modernism (Honors)
  • Critical and Creative Thinking
  • Bach to Beethoven
  • Romanticism to Rock
  • Women, Music, and Society
  • Commonwealth of the Arts
  • Commonwealth of the Modern Arts
  • Art of Music
  • Class Piano
  • Directed Study and Independent Study in Piano


  • 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


  • DMA Boston University, College of Fine Arts, (music education), 1997
  • MM New England Conservatory of Music (piano), 1981
  • BM 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 to present

Research Interests:

  • 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
  • McKay Arts Academy Music Scholarship for private piano lessons, instructor 2015 to present
  • ALFA (Adult Learners in the Fitchburg Area), instructor, 2004 to present

Representative Publications:

Paper Presentations (select list):

  • "Teach Students Critical Thinking Skills through Musical Form," Fourteenth International Conference on the Arts in Society, Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon, Portugal, 2019.
  • "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, 2018. 
  • ​​"Contemporary Issues in the Humanities," International Conference on the Arts in Society, Palazzo Cavalli, Franchetti, Venice, Italy, 2009.
  • "Arts Education for the Twentieth-First Century: Engagement through Interdisciplinary Experience," International Conference on the Arts in Society, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, 2006.
  • "Practical Guide to Mentoring for the Department Chair," 20th Annual Academic Chairperson Conference, Orlando, Florida, 2003.
  • "Art of Successful Mentoring," College Music Society, Berklee College, Boston, Massachusetts, 2002.
  • "A Woman's Career in Music," 6th Festival of Women Composers, Indiana University, Indiana, Pennsylvania, 2001.
  • "Profile of Women Music Educators in Higher Education," Doctoral Dissertation, MMEA (Massachusetts Music Educators Association), All-State Conference, Danvers, Massachusetts, 1998.

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, & libraries throughout 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

Professional Affiliations:

  • Massachusetts Music Teachers Association (MMTA)
  • Music Teachers National Association (MTNA)
  • National Guild of Piano Teachers
  • College Music Society (CMS)
  • Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA)