George Frederick Litterst
George Litterst is currently a private piano teacher in Rehoboth, MA. In recent years, he served as a mentor at the Ross School of East Hampton, NY, where he was involved in developing a K- 12 curriculum for performing arts. Additionally, he has taught in a wide variety of musical environments: university, conservatory prep school, community music school, public school, and private studio. Academic institutions where he has taught include the New England Conservatory of Music Preparatory School, Northeastern University, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is a member of many professional musical and educational organizations, such as Music Teachers National Association.
A pianist, Mr. Litterst has appeared in solo recitals and chamber concerts in the United States. He was a regular soloist with the Rockford Pops Orchestra (in Illinois) for 26 summer seasons. He has also made guest appearances as a conductor. In addition, he has performed extensively as a church musician. He currently performs as soloist as well as with duet partner, Shana Kirk, and these concerts feature the interactive use of computers and multimedia elements.
Computer and Music Technology Specialist
As a national leader in the use of technology in music education, Mr. Litterst is a frequent presenter at national music educator conventions, such as Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy (NCKP), World Piano Pedagogy Conference (WPPC), Technology Institute for Music Educators (TI:ME), Association for Instruction in Music Technology (ATMI), and others. Over the years, he has presented to various state and local educational gatherings and has conducted numerous workshops for music teachers. He has also presented at the World Piano Conference in Europe.
Mr. Litterst’s writings include educational materials, music software documentation, and over 100 articles on music and computer applications in professional journals, as well as articles on consumer software. His publication credits include: Clavier Companion (formerly Keyboard Companion), American Music Teacher, Electronic Musician, Piano & Keyboard, Sheet Music Magazine, JAZZIZ, Play, American Suzuki Journal, Piano Quarterly, Soundwaves, Coda Notes, Keyboard Classics, the I.S.A.M. Newsletter, and The MACazine. He is also the author of a book on music theory as well as Inside Finale: The Art and Science of Music Notation.
A primary interest in the use of computers to create new opportunities for music learning, exploration, and performance has lead Mr. Litterst to found TimeWarp Technologies with his partner, Frank Weinstock. Mr. Litterst is the co-developer of SuperScore, an interactive app for working with electronic scores; Home Concert Xtreme, intelligent music accompaniment software; Classroom Maestro, an electronic blackboard for presenting musical concepts; Internet MIDI, a program for linking MIDI keyboards over the Internet for real-time lessons and performances; Adventures in Musicland, four computer games that explore sound, pictures, and music in a game context; Music Mentor, an introduction to music history and the fundamentals of music; and Perceive, an integrated ear training and music theory package. Home Concert Xtreme was the recipient of the 2010 MTNA Frances Clark Keyboard Pedagogy award.