Jama A. Reagan
Senior Artist Teacher of Piano
Jama Reagan has been an active performer as soloist and chamber musician, both in the United States and abroad for more than 30 years. She has been featured on radio and television in England (for the BBC) and Spain, as well as in the U.S.
Reagan’s first love of duo piano collaboration began with the Fox/Towse Duo and eventually led to the Clarion Duo, which gave a sold-out debut concert in the prestigious Purcell Room, South Bank Centre (London). She has appeared with the Nashville Symphony in a performance of Stravinsky’s Les Noces.
Reagan’s interest in contemporary music has led to many performances for composers, such as George Crumb, John Adams, Karel Husa and Jeffrey Wood, as well as for the numerous Blair composition students she has taught during her time at Vanderbilt. She gave the world premiere of Frank DeVuyst’s arrangement of Ricardo Villa’s Gran Fantasia for piano and wind ensemble in Nashville, which led to the premiere recording of this piece in Spain.
Reagan obtained her Bachelor of Music degree in performance from The North Carolina School of the Arts and her Master of Music degree from Austin Peay State University. In addition, she earned diplomas for performance and for teaching from The Royal College of Music (London) and The Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London), respectively. Her teachers have included Robert McDonald, Marian Hahn, Eric Larsen, Anne Epperson, & Benjamin Kaplan.
During her 20+ years as a Blair School of Music piano faculty member, Reagan has taught a wide range of students, including piano majors, performance and general minors, and Blair Academy students. Her students participate frequently in performances on and off campus, including competitions, master classes, auditions and concerts. Her students have been awarded top prizes in local, state and regional competitions, including Curb Concerto Competition, TMTA competitions, Clavierfest, Young Artist Achievement Awards, NPAC, UT-Martin, UT-Chattanooga, TTU Piano Competition, to name a few. In addition, Reagan’s students have been accepted to major conservatories and summer festivals across the U.S., including Oberlin College, Cincinnati Conservatory, Indiana University, Peabody Conservatory, North Carolina School of the Arts, Rice University, Aspen Music Festival, Brevard Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival, etc.
Reagan’s teaching and playing focus on technical facility that is in keeping with the Taubman principles of rotation, arm weight, efficient movement, and how it affects tone and musical expression. Her students explore and acquire many tools to apply to the practice of and polishing of their repertoire. Recognized for her excellence in teaching, Reagan has been awarded Nashville Teacher of the Year twice, as well as Tennessee Teacher of the Year.
Active in the music community, Reagan frequently presents lectures and master classes for teachers and for pedagogy students, and she is a frequent adjudicator for area and regional competitions/auditions. Her mission statement as a musician and teacher is to encourage, inspire, and lead her students always to demand their very best and, while doing so, ignite and cultivate the passion they have for music within.