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Pianos abound at IUP

10/18/2013
Rachel Clippinger
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Indiana Musicale, the newly formed chapter of Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association, will host its first pedagogy workshop Oct. 19 in Cogswell Hall.

Piano Day at Indiana University of Pennsylvania will feature a series of workshops, student demo groups and master classes in the morning.

Music department professors Dr. Henry Wong Doe, Dr. Jacob Ertl and Dr. Susan Wheatley will be teaching techniques and coaching students on ways to improve their piano perfor­mance skills.

“This event is prominently impor­tant for students around the area be­cause piano is primarily an individual experience,” said Wheatley, president of the Indiana Musicale. “Piano day will allow for students and community members of all ages to get to know other performers in this field to practice with and get a group experience for a change of tempo.”

The Indiana Musicale is made up of piano and music teachers and, accord­ing to its website, exists to advance the education of music.

The day’s events will begin with breakfast snacks at 9 a.m. in Cogswell, Hall Room 120.

Wheatley will start the program with stretches and warm-ups for musicians from 9:15-9:45 a.m.

From 10-11 a.m., Wong Doe and Ertl will work with teachers for Pedagogy Hour while students will be in B01 Cogswell playing piano for Group Piano.

From 11 a.m. to noon, there will be a master class available for teachers and selected piano students to be coached by the professionals on performance style.

The final activity of the day will be a concert in Gorell Recital Hall featuring students and guest performers.

Victoria Dandrea (senior, music), who has been playing piano for 17 years, said she appreciates the opportu­nities that the event provides.

“It is nice to get more than one idea or critique on your playing,” Dandrea said. “Dr. Wong Doe and Dr. Ertl are both very knowledgeable in the field of music and bring a different perspective of piano to the table.”

Dandrea said that the event is espe­cially helpful for those piano students who only get the input of one piano teacher in such a rural area.

“This great opportunity provides stu­dents of all ages the experience of learn­ing from the greats and interacting with professors who know a lot about the field of music,” Dandrea said.

Registration will be open until 9 a.m. the morning of the event.

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