Tony Caramia

Professor of Piano

Director, Piano Pedagogy Studies
Coordinator, Class Piano Program
Affiliate Faculty, Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media






Tony Caramia is Professor of Piano at the Eastman School of Music, where he is Director of Piano Pedagogy Studies and Coordinator of the Class Piano Program.  In May 2003, he was a guest on Marian McPartland’s “Piano Jazz” on NPR.  Her 1927 Steinway is now housed in his Eastman studio.  In September of 2007, he was privileged to perform in the dedication concert on the new “Sorel” Steinway at SUNY Fredonia, in honor of his former teacher, Miss Claudette Sorel.

He received the 2010 Outstanding Achievement Award from SUNY Fredonia, and was honored to participate in the 4th Annual Claudette Sorel Piano Competition, in November, 2019.

His article: The Imaginative Piano Teacher: Musings on being more creative in the piano studio appears in the 2018 Sept./Oct. issue of The Piano Magazine: Clavier Companion.  Recent solo piano publications include Mixed-Up Rag (Celebration Series 2015, Piano Etudes, Level 7); Shoo-fly Shuffle, and American Treasures (Alfred Music Publishing); Suite Dreams and Jazz Moods (Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation), as well as many original compositions to the 11th edition of Keyboard Musicianship, Books 1 and 2.

He has conducted numerous workshops in jazz piano for teachers at MTNA National and State Conventions; the International Association for Jazz Educators (IAJE) Teacher Training Institutes; the National Piano Teachers Institute, and the International Workshops; as well as the European Piano Teachers Association International Conference in London, the Australian Piano Pedagogy Conference in Adelaide, and the Institute of Registered Music Teachers National Conference in New Zealand.  In November, 2014, he was invited to perform and lecture at the Meetings on Piano Pedagogy, at the Federal University of Santa Maria, Brazil.  In June, 2016, he was a guest artist and teacher at the Dakota Sky International Piano Festival.

He was a featured performer at the prestigious Rochester International Jazz Festival, recent National Conferences on Keyboard Pedagogy, and the 50th Anniversary of the New School for Music Study, in Princeton, NJ.  A strong advocate of theme recitals, he has presented multi-media tributes to composers George Gershwin, Billy Mayerl, Harold Arlen, Richard Rodgers, and Dana Suesse—The Girl Gershwin.  In 2015 he honored the Centennial year of the extraordinary pianist, Cy Walter.  In 2017 his students celebrated the 100th Anniversary Year of Women’s Right to Vote in New York State by performing music by women composers from 1917-2017— including world premieres of compositions by Ching-Shan Chang and Jon Lin Chua—at the Hochstein School of Music & Dance.  In March of 2019 his students presented two concerts that featured solo and duet piano music composed by women as part of the Eastman at Washington Square Concert Series.

His most recent solo recital program was entitled Celebrating the Music of Women and featured 14 composers, from Germaine Tailleferre and Florence Price to Lil Armstrong and Marian McPartland.

updated 8/30/20

Selected articles regarding women in music and the composers heard on recent concerts.

Works / Publications

Stipes Publishing

  • Keyboard Musicianship, Book 2 (co-author), 2020
  • Keyboard Musicianship, Book 1 (co-author), 2019

Frederick Harris Music Co., Limited

  • Mixed-Up Rag (Celebrations Series, Level 7 Piano Etudes), 2015

Alfred Publishing

Hal Leonard Piano Student Library, Composer Showcase, Level 5

  • Suite Dreams (2009)
  • Jazz Moods

Hal Leonard Piano Student Library, Showcase Solos, Level 4

  • Ballad
  • Boppin Along
  • Carefree Song
  • Dreaming Song
  • Swaying Song

Hal Leonard Piano Student Library, Piano Solos, Book 4

  • Porch Swing

Hal Leonard Piano Student Library, Piano Solos, Book 5

  • Remembrances

Kjos Music Pub., San Diego, CA. 1986

  • Fascinatin’ Rhythms

Kjos Music Pub., San Diego, CA

  • Rag Times Four 1983

Barenreiter Verlag, Kassel, Germany

  • Adventures in Jazz Piano (2 Vol.)


Practical Piano Pedagogy:

PED261/461 (Fall): Beginning/Elementary Level student

PED262/462 (Spring):

  • The Intermediate Level student
  • The Adult Beginner/Class Piano
  • Jazz Piano Basics

Jazz Piano for Keyboard Majors:

KBD 250/450 (Fall): Harmonization

KBD 251/451 (Spring): Improvisation


Program for A Jazzy Tribute to William Gillock video, above.

Friday, December 6, 2019
Eastman School of Music lobby:  Holiday Sing
Performance with Anthony Dean Griffey

Recorded May 9th, 2018 as part of the Live from Hochstein/WXXI-FM series:

Live from Hochstein/WXXI-FM Series Program

Engagements / Professional Activities


Monday, February 24
Penfield Symphony Orchestra, David Harman, conductor
Penfield High School Auditorium
7:30 pm
Dana Suesse:  Concerto in D for Jazz Combo and Orchestra (with Kyle Vock, bass, and Kristen Shiner McGuire, drums)

Friday, June 26, 2:00 EST
Piano Camp for Piano Teachers Virtual Conference
The Heart and Art of Interpretation:  Jazzy Students