Fri. Apr 19th, 2024

Dear Editor:

This month, Dr. Robert Bedford celebrates 50 years of teaching and performing at West Chester University with an all-Chopin piano recital.

As his student, I was fortunate to hear his first eight recitals where I assimilated much from his particular brand of Juilliard-trained expression.

In fact, I became the first student at WCU to earn a master of music degree in piano performance.

Through the years, core educational and pedagogical principles I learned from Dr. Bedford transferred to my own university teaching duties in music, visual arts, communication, history, language, and many other academic subjects.

Now retired, I look back at those early years and realize that his instructional approach was a comprehensive one and is highly adaptable to the teaching of diverse subject matter.

I congratulate my venerable professor and friend on reaching this impressive half-century milestone. I thank him for what I have attained professionally.

I especially wish him many more successful years as “The Grand Wizard” of fusing instruction in piano and Alexander Technique, a unique fusion found at precious few American academic institutions.

I hope that current piano and Alexander Technique students realize they will be well-served by appending Dr. Bedford’s insightful instructional perspectives to any future professional endeavors.

West Chester University remains fortunate to have such a talented individual in its professorial ranks.

Robert Loiselle (B.S. B.M. M.M., WCU 1967-1974) North Bend, OR email @

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