Dr. William Whipple was born and raised in Iowa, beginning piano studies at age four. Dr. Whipple completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Pedagogy and Performance with a secondary concentration in Music Education at the University of Iowa. He was the recipient of the University of Iowa Performance Fellowship (The School of Music’s Highest Award) and was a teaching assistant in the piano area.
He earned the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. His teachers have included Bill and Pat Medley, Kenneth Amada, Howard Aibel, Marc Silverman, and Alan Huckleberry. He studied vocal accompanying with Raymond Beegle and has also worked with Kenneth Merrill at the Aspen Music Festival. He attended the Boston University Tanglewood Institute and performed in master classes given by the Muir String Quartet. His formal studies began at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he received the Clef Music Club Award. While in Cincinnati, he was the pianist for the CCM Wind Ensemble and Symphony Band.
Dr. Whipple has performed with The New York Vocal Arts Ensemble at the Pawling Concert Series, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters Showcase, and the Vive La France, Verdi, and Schubert Festivals at Trinity Church-Wall Street in New York City. He has been the featured soloist with the Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Christian Tiemeyer, the Fort Dodge Symphony with conductor Daniel Kleinknecht, and was heard on Iowa Public Radio with the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony and conductor Melissa McBride.
Dr. Whipple has presented at the MTNA National Conference in Albuquerque, NM and has been published in the American Music Teacher magazine. He was an active member of the California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT), and in 2015 he was appointed California State Chair of the MTNA Foundation. During his chairmanship, California was one of two states in the nation to win the MTNA Foundation 2015 State Incentive Giving Campaign, and CAPMT ranked number one in “The Highest Dollar Amount Contributed to the General Fund” category. Elected by his peers, he joined the CAPMT Executive Board as its Treasurer in May 2017. In addition, he assisted in the creation of the newly formed Fresno-Clovis Chapter and served as its vice-president.
Over the years, Dr. Whipple has taught piano to individuals of all ages and levels, including students with special needs. He has previously served on the music faculties of Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, IA, Fresno City College in Fresno, CA, and the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA. Currently, Dr. Whipple is Lecturer of Music–Piano at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
- UWEC Student
Dr. Whipple was very thorough with his teaching and offered numerous ways to practice a specific skill.University of Iowa student
His class really helped me to understand and fully realize all the concepts behind music theory.Fresno City College student
Thank you for your patience and encouraging belief. I’ve truly enjoyed this class.University of Iowa student
Very personable, understanding, knowledgeable, and communicative.Fresno City College student
Thanks for an awesome semester! It has been a very enjoyable class, and you are a great teacher!Fresno City College student
I would recommend this instructor to other students because of his dedication to student interaction…UWEC Student
I enjoyed how Dr. Whipple helped me grow as a musician and his teaching really helped me to apply music theory to what I'm playing...University of Iowa student
Excellent pianist that knew how to bring it down to our level. He has good “tricks” that help us remember the material.UWEC Student
I love the way Dr. Whipple pays special attention to each student so we all learn at our own pace. He was fantastic!Fresno City College student
The lectures are well taught. This class is great and he is friendly and helpful…University of Iowa student
I could tell he was very passionate about piano, it showed through his teaching.
Dr. Bill takes enough time to improve students’ understanding.UWEC Student
Dr. Whipple is my favorite professor. He's an amazing teacher.
Thanks for teaching me something I’ve always wanted to learn! I appreciate your patience, as I know the class does! Best piano teacher ever!Fresno City College student
Thank you for once again proving that the music department [Fresno City College] has the best, most interesting teachers. Beyond this class I will continue learning and playing. Thank you!Fresno City College student
Thanks for bringing my interest in piano back Dr. Bill!Fresno City College student
He teaches very well and encourages you to do better.University of Iowa student
Overall a great instructor. One day he wasn’t here and we had a substitute, which made us realize how great a teacher he was. We missed his organization, understanding, and patience...University of Iowa student
I would retake the class if I could. He was a great instructor.University of Iowa student
Very knowledgeable about music. Does a good job getting that across to the class. Good teacher and communicator; easy to talk to.UWEC Student
Learning with Dr. Whipple is so much fun, he makes a difficult course fun!
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