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Beth Gigante Klingenstein

Professor/Chair Division of Fine Arts

Dr. Beth Gigante Klingenstei
Professor of Music

Beth Gigante Klingenstein is a nationally known presenter on the professional issues affecting the independent music teacher. Klingenstein is the author of two books, The Independent Piano Teacher's Studio Handbook and A Business Guide for the Music Teacher. She has published numerous articles in Keyboard Companion, Piano and Keyboard Magazine, The Piano Adventures Teacher, Communique - Western Cooperative for Educational Telecommunication, and American Music Teacher. Klingenstein has presented extensively at national and state conferences on music and technology issues, including Music Teachers National Association, World Piano Pedagogy Conference, College Music Society, National Piano Foundation, National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, Association for Technology in Music Instruction, National Symposium on Music Instruction Technology, and the 4th Annual Conference on Ubiquitous Computing.

Dr. Klingenstein currently serves as the Chair of the Department of Music, the Director of the VCSU Community School of the Arts, and President of the North Dakota Music Teachers Association. She has been active in online teaching and developed five online courses at Valley City State University: Applied Pedagogy, Piano Pedagogy, and three Music History courses.


PhD in Educational Leadership
University of North Dakota

Master of Music in Piano Performance
University of Michigan

Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance
Syracuse University


North Dakota Governor's Award for the Arts, 2007

Music Teachers National Association Foundation Fellow, 2006

Teacher of the Year, 1997-1998
North Dakota Music Teachers Association

Contribution to the Community Award 1997
Valley City Chamber of Commerce
Office Location: Foss Hall 112
Division Fine Arts
Office Phone: 701-845-7269