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Tobi Otekayi - Piano

Tobi Otekayi grew up in Lagos, Nigeria and attended the Musical Society of Nigeria School of Music (MUSON) where he studied piano with Maria Asseeva and earned an Associate Degree in Piano Performance. At MUSON, he won the Music Quest Young Artist First Prize in Piano and was awarded the Faculty’s Choice Award. After graduation, Tobi taught piano at the MUSON Basic School, a preparatory academy for precollege students and adult beginners. Upon moving to the US, Tobi completed both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Piano Performance at Winthrop University, SC under the tutelage of Dr. Matthew Manwarren. Most recently, Tobi earned a Master of Music Education in Piano Pedagogy at the University of Oklahoma where he studied piano with Dr. Jeongwon Ham and Dr. JP Murphy, and piano pedagogy with Dr. Barbara Fast and Dr. Jane Magrath.

Tobi has an extensive experience both as a performer and teacher. During undergraduate and graduate studies at Winthrop, he taught piano to precollege students at the WU Academy of Music while holding a Graduate Assistantship in Music Theory. He was also awarded a Graduate Teaching Assistantship at the University of Oklahoma, where he taught applied piano lessons to piano minors and secondary piano students, and group piano to music majors and non-majors under the mentorship of the piano and piano pedagogy faculty. As a teacher, Tobi strives to create an atmosphere of self-discovery and exploration in and outside the studio. In designing each student’s curriculum, he considers their learning styles, musical backgrounds, interests, skills, and career goals. In Spring and Fall 2021, Tobi was awarded the Provost’s Certificate of Distinction in Teaching for excellence as a Graduate Assistant based on student evaluations.

Prior to graduate studies at OU, Tobi was Instructor of Music and Staff Accompanist at Erskine College, SC for three years. At the college, he taught piano to music majors and non-music majors. Additionally, he taught music fundamentals and keyboard skills, aural skills, and an introduction to music course. His time at Erskine also provided him the opportunity to collaborate in recitals with faculty and students, including a 2017 performance tour with the Erskine Choraleers throughout Lithuania and Denmark. He also served as collaborative pianist for the Greenwood Festival Chorale in Greenwood, SC for two seasons. He continues to seek performance opportunities both as a soloist and church musician

Tobi is an active member of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and has participated in regional and national conferences. He currently serves as a member on MTNA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee, chaired by Dr. William Chapman Nyaho.

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