Duangruthai Pokaratsiri, a native of Thailand, obtained her undergraduate degree (piano performance) with Summa Cum Laude honors from the College of Music, Mahidol University, under the guidance of Asst. Prof. Dr. Noppanand Chanorathaikul. She continued her graduate studies at West Virginia University and received her Master’s degree in piano performance with an emphasize on piano pedagogy and Doctoral degree in piano performance, under the coaching of Dr. Peter Amstutz. Her research for doctoral dissertation focused on intermediate-level piano repertoire. During her study at WVU, she was a piano faculty in community music program at West Virginia University as well as a member of MTNA (Music Teachers National Association). She also participated in summer Dalcroze Eurhythmics workshops at Carnegie Mellon University in the summer of 2008, 2009, and 2010.
As an experienced piano teacher, she started teaching piano since 2003 in Bangkok, Thailand and continue to teach piano as a piano faculty in community music program at West Virginia University from 2007. Started from 2014, she is a member of musicology and piano faculty departments at College of Music, Mahidol University. She was invited to an give online masterclass and also participated in the 1st Piano Pedagogy Conference at UCSI University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Duangruthai has also served as a jury member in many competitions as follows: the 15th Osaka International Music Competition (Bangkok region), the 5th Thailand International Piano Competition (preliminary round), SET Youth Musician Competition, MCGP Piano Competition, and Young Artist Music Contest
In addition, Duangruthai has served as chief editor of the Pleng DonTri monthly music journal and as an assistance editor of Mahidol Music Journal published by the College of Music, Mahidol University as well as an editorial board of Wacana Seni Journal of Arts Discourse, Malaysia.
Currently, she serves as an assistant dean of Academic Affairs (curriculum management) at College of Music, Mahidol University as well as teaching western music history, piano ensemble, and piano applied lesson.
2012 – West Virginia University (USA) – DMA in Piano Performance
2008 – West Virginia University (USA) – MM in Piano Performance/Pedagogy
2005 – College of Music, Mahidol University (Thailand) – B.A. (Summa Cum Laude) in Music