Regents Outstanding Teaching Awards. Class of 2017

Oscar Macchioni, DMA

Associate Professor of Piano; Assistant Chair

Department of Music

UT El Paso

My students inspire and motivate me to become a better teacher every day.

My goal as a teacher is to develop inquisitive minds. It is through questioning, reasoning, and trial and error that we acquire knowledge and improve. Instrumental training requires a lot of repetition, but if that repetition is done mechanically, the only thing we train are the muscles. I always encourage the students in all my classes to be curious, to ask, to experiment and to be active participants rather than passive receivers in all aspects of their education and lives.