Dr. Gayle Kowalchyk selects and edits music for the supplementary piano catalog for Alfred Music Publishing.
She holds degrees from Ohio University (piano performance), Northwestern University (piano performance and pedagogy), and an EdD from Teachers College, Columbia University (piano pedagogy). Dr. Kowalchyk was formerly on the faculty of Eastern Illinois University, where she coordinated the class piano program, directed the piano preparatory program, and taught graduate piano pedagogy. She has also taught piano pedagogy and class piano at Oklahoma Baptist University and the University of Oklahoma.
Dr. Kowalchyk has presented sessions for the World Piano Pedagogy Conference, national conventions of the Music Teachers National Association, and more. She is on the board of advisors for Clavier Companion magazine. With her husband, Dr. E. L. Lancaster, she is the coauthor of more than 275 educational piano books, including Alfred's Premier Piano Course, which they coauthored with Dennis Alexander, Victoria McArthur, and Martha Mier.