Meet the Faculty

Pamela Bates

Pamela Bates

Associate Professor - Music

Contact Details


M.M. Piano Performance, Bradley University, Peoria, Il 1982
B.M.E Music Education (Secondary), Bradley University, Peoria, Il
B. M. Piano Performance, Bradley University, Peoria, Il

Fine & Performing Arts


Contact me for…

  • Applied Piano Lessons for Music Majors and non-Music Majors
  • Music Theory courses as core classes for Music Majors and as General Education offerings for non-Music Majors

Research Interests:

My research focuses on Piano Pedagogy / teaching techniques for all ability levels of keyboard study. In addition, I study the piano ensemble literature of a variety of composers to offer collaborative music study experiences to piano students.

Teaching Interests:

Applied piano MUS 333 – Individualized instruction in piano. Students learn elements of music as applied to the keyboard, study technique and prepare (with accuracy and musicality) piano literature of a variety of composers for performance. Collaborative piano opportunities are offered through the accompaniment of voice students and the study of piano ensemble literature.

Music Theory MUS 210,220,320,330- A sequence of four courses which study and apply fundamentals of music. Students learn the patterns or formulas utilized in musical composition and analysis during the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic and Contemporary eras. Areas of study include notation, scale systems and key signatures, harmonic structure, compositional techniques and analysis.

Elementary Music Methods EDU 445 – A course which introduces various models, materials and plans for teaching music in elementary and middle school general music programs and middle school/junior high choral programs. The prospective music teacher is equipped with practice teaching experiences and classroom management training.

Professional Activity:

Peoria Area Music Teachers’ Association Illinois State Music Teachers’ Association Music Teachers’ National Association.

Community Engagement:

Direct and perform in the Annual Cynthia Atterbury Piano Duet Recital in February of each year.

Offer private piano lessons to area high school and adult students

Offer “Piano Performance” classes to EC students and private students on a weekly basis from mid-term to the end of each semester.

Serve as adjudicator for Illinois State Music Teacher Association regional piano competitions at Illinois Central College.

Uniquely Eureka Experience:

I was first introduced to the Music Dept. at Eureka College by a member of the music faculty that I greatly respected. I found the opportunity to become her colleague quite appealing! I was not disappointed. The music faculty continue to focus their energy on teaching, with the goal of producing quality musicianship in their students. A nurturing relationship is established early on with each student and ample time is invested in creating opportunities for success. As one former piano major said, I love everything that I do in the Chapel! (The Chapel is the music building.)