Ted Cooper is a piano teacher and a composer of educational music for the piano. Ted's interest in composing grew out of his teaching and the need for effective and musical repertoire for his students. Ted's compositions are published by Alfred and Carl Fischer.


His most recent works, Clash of the Sabers, Noche del Gitano and Around the World on 88 Keys, Books 1 and 2 are published by Alfred, as is a four-volume series of duets for student and teacher titled Side by Side, co-authored with Amy Glennon.  His compositions are included on the festival lists of the National Federation of Music Clubs and the Music Teachers Association of California. Ted is a member of ASCAP.


Since 2003, Ted has been a faculty member at the Levine Music in Washington, DC, where he maintains a full-time teaching schedule. Before moving to Washington, he spent 14 years at the New School for Music Study—founded by Frances Clark in Princeton, New Jersey —as faculty member, and later Director.


Ted is a frequent conference speaker. He has presented at the Music Teachers National Association Conference and at the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy. Videotapes of his teaching have been featured at both conferences. A review of his teaching from the NCKP can found by clicking here. Ted has also presented at state and local conferences.


As an author, he has contributed articles to Keyboard Companion, and has served as educational consultant for the Frances Clark Library for Piano Students. He is a recipient of the Group Piano Teaching Award presented jointly by the Music Teachers National Association and the National Piano Foundation.


Ted earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from Western Illinois University, where he studied pedagogy with Ann Collins. He also earned a Professional Teaching Certificate with distinction from the New School for Music Study, where he was a student of Frances Clark and Louise Goss.