Weber State University Music Faculty and Staff
Ralph van der Beek
Associate Music Professor of Piano
New Zealand born Artist-Teacher, Dr. Ralph van der Beek is in high demand as a teacher, presenter and adjudicator. His students have won first place in state, regional and national competitions including two MTNA national 1 st place winners. They have also earned scholarships to prestigious music schools throughout the United States and Canada. Dr. “v” has presented at venues such as the World Piano Pedagogy Conference, the International French Music Conference, the MTNA National Conference, the Gina Bachauer Foundation, the Utah Symphony Guild and several UMTA State Conferences. Dr. “v” is an Associate Professor of Keyboard Studies at Weber State University, where he teaches piano performance, keyboard literature, theory and aural skills. Prior to his appointment at WSU, he served as an Assistant Professor of Piano at Utah State University, where he directed the nationally recognized USU Youth Conservatory. Dr. “v” maintains thriving pre-college studios at his home in American Fork and in Ogden.
Dr. “v” earned a Bachelor of Music from Utah State University and a Master of Music from Indiana University, culminating in a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Southern California. Ralph is married to Rebecca Brinton Bigelow and they enjoy a life of “high adventure” along with their nine wonderful children. Ralph is an ardent believer in capturing the spirit of the music in order to bring it to life. He is inspired by the love and understanding great artists bring to their music making and strives to nurture the same within his students.