Ludim Rebeca Pedroza teaches courses in history of Latin American music, general music history, and piano techniques. A native of Venezuela, she studied piano at the conservatory Vicente Emilio Sojo in the city of Barquisimeto, from the age of 6 until her graduation from high school. She earned B.A. and M.A. degrees in music from Antillean College (Puerto Rico) and West Texas A&M University, and a Ph. D. in Fine Arts from Texas Tech University, where she held teaching assistant positions in both the school of music and the philosophy department.
Dr. Pedroza’s research focuses on the philosophy and cultural anthropology of performance, specifically in relation to both piano performance and Latin American hybrid genres; among her publications and presentations are “Music as Communitas: Franz Liszt, Clara Schumann, and the Musical Work” (Journal of Musicological Research 29/4), “Folk Dance in the Latin American Art Tradition: An Overview of the Venezuelan Joropo at the Piano” (CMS National 2008), and “Priestess at the Piano: The Mind/Body Conflict in Clara Schumann’s Performative Persona” (Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities 2007). Prior to her arrival at Texas State University in 2011, she taught music history, studies in world music, and keyboard skills, among other courses, at the University of the Incarnate Word, for eight years.
Dr. Pedroza’s occasional performance interests gravitate towards the exploration of non-canonical repertoire in historical and aesthetic relation to standard repertoire. Her recent performances have concentrated on Latin American works by Osvaldo Lacerda, José Clemente Laya, Moisés Moleiro, and Juan Vicente Lecuna.