She regularly taught courses in Ethnomusicology, Graduate Research Methods, Performance Anxiety, and Studio Piano. A solo piano CD, Alive at Dawn, was released in 2003. Her work
is also included on Pinnacles, released in 2015. Diane’s article on music and the brain, “The Science of Artistry: The Fourth String”, was published in the international journal, Clavier Companion. American Music Teacher featured her article “Ethnomusicology and Alchemy” in 2020. She is editor of The Oregon Musician, an e-journal sponsored by the Oregon Music Teachers Association.
Dr. Baxter frequently gives workshops on performance anxiety for students and teachers, and adjudicates for piano competitions and festivals. She is one of the featured presenters for the Oregon Music Teachers Association District Grants Program, which involves presentations throughout the state. Diane has served as piano adjudicator for the Woodley Festival in 2015, 2017, and briefly in 2020. In 2015 and 2017 Dr. Baxter presented keynote speeches, “Stepping Into the Light: Advice for Performers” and “The Body Always Wins: Or How to Prepare for Just About Anything”.
Diane began Piano at Tigh na Breac in 2018, an international annual workshop on the shores of Loch Etive in the Scottish Highlands. The focus is on performance success and doing our best when it matters the most. The workshop is thriving.
Dr. Baxter is very happy to be visiting Woodley again!