Internationally acclaimed piano pedagogue and lecturer Carole L. Bigler is a faculty member and coordinator of the Master's Degree program in Suzuki Piano Pedagogy at Ithaca College, New York. Since 1974 she has traveled worldwide, presenting seminars on the psychology of learning, piano pedagogy and the Suzuki method. She is the Vice President of More Than Music, Inc., in Ontario, Canada, a member of the International Platform Association, and for the past 22 years has been the co-director of an international music festival for music teachers and students at Queens University, Canada.
With Valery Lloyd-Watts, Bigler is the co-author of several books and compilations of piano music. She has also published articles in Clavier Magazine, the American Suzuki Journal and Suzuki World Magazine. A Suzuki piano specialist, Bigler has taught pedagogy at major universities throughout the United States and Canada and has given presentations at national, state and local conferences for the Music Teachers National Association and the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. A registered teacher trainer for the Suzuki Association of the Americas and former member of its Board of Directors, she studied Suzuki pedagogy with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki and has been teaching Suzuki piano since 1971.
An honors graduate in music from Syracuse University, Bigler studied piano with Sidney Sukoenig, George Pappa-Stavrou and Ernst Bacon, and organ with Arthur Poister. She also did graduate work at Ithaca College, Cornell University and Elmira College. In addition to maintaining a private teaching studio, Bigler has been the organist for the First Congregational Church in Corning, New York since 1967. She has performed in professional concerts on both piano and organ and as a pianist in a chamber music ensemble.
Bigler is married and has two children.