Meetings


March 9, 2017
Studio of Rebekah Buss

“Finding the soul of your foot: the nuances of pedaling”
Presented by Dr. Susan Tang

One of the biggest challenges for young pianists working on Mozart piano repertoire is to develop an understanding of how to use the pedal on the modern piano so it can enhance the performance. In this session, we will explore this element through various examples from Mozart piano sonatas in addition to discussing direct pedagogical applications to intermediate level teaching pieces.

Too often when hearing students play Mozart, if the pedal is used, it is almost always too much, and if pedal is not used, the expressive qualities of the modern piano are not being used to its fullest potential. We will focus on developing tools to develop a truly sensitive pedal technique, one which will open up whole new space for exploration in sound, phrasing, articulation, dynamics, structure, and harmony. The word “dynamic pedaling” comes from my desire to use a musical term to describe the nuance of pedaling in the same way we discuss expressive and interpretive decisions, such as using a pianissimo pedal, forte piano, accent pedal, crescendo pedal, reverb pedal, rhythmic pedal, articulation pedal, staccato pedal. The shift of attention from the fingertips to the foot will encourage teachers, from those teaching beginners to the serious student to delve into the exploration of how the foot and pedal can be an equal partner to the fingers and keyboard, together creating powerful musical possibilities. This will arm teachers with many practical tools that can be applied repertoire of different styles and eras.

Susan Tang recently enjoyed a successful New York solo piano debut at Carnegie-Weill Hall as a Winner of Artist International Management Special Presentation Winners Series. Susan has performed in Mabou Mine’s Dollhouse, a theater company based in New York City as a pianist/actor in many of their shows, was featured live on New York City’s WQXR and Chicago’s WFMT, performed with the Eastman Symphony Orchestra along with receiving the coveted Performer’s Certificate. Invitations to perform and teach have taken her throughout Canada, United States, Germany, Japan, Taiwan, Korea and Colombia. Most recently, she has been invited to perform at the Ravinia Festival, Jewel Box Series, Dame Myra Hess, Savannah Music Festival, University of Minnesota-Duluth, McNeese University, Dominican University, Blue Ridge Concert Series; she has also presented at both College Music Society National Conference and MTNA National Conferences, and was the guest artist for the North Dakota Music Teachers association state conference. Susan currently holds the position of Associate Professor of Piano at Northeastern Illinois University and is the Artistic Director of the Chicago Chamber Music Festival, a summer intensive for young artists. She received her B.M. and M.M. from the Eastman School of Music and D.M.A. from Manhattan School of Music.


 


 

 

 


 

 

NAPERVILLE MUSIC TEACHERS ASSN.

2016-2017 SCHEDULE OF MEETINGS

All on Thursdays beginning at 9:15 a.m.

September 15
Anderson & Roe in Rehearsal with the Chicago Sinfonietta
Wentz Hall

October 13
Eric Sutz
“How to Promote Great Posture at the Piano”
and Luncheon
St. Margaret Mary Church

November 10
Dr. Alan Huckleberry
“You Tube in Your Studio”
Rebekah Buss Studio

January 12
Jeffrey Cappelli
“Our Lives at the Piano”
Rebekah Buss Studio

February 9
Janice Razaq
“Tips for Effective and Successful Critiquing”
Rebekah Buss Studio

March 9
Dr. Susan Tang
“Finding the Soul of Your Foot: The Nuances of Pedaling”
Rebekah Buss Studio

April 13
Dr. Yana Resnik
Master Class
Rebekah Buss Studio

May 11
New Comma Baroque
“All the Mornings of the World”
White Eagle Country Club

FOR OTHER NMTA EVENTS, DEADLINES, etc., PLEASE SEE THE 2016-17 DIRECTORY

MEETING LOCATION ADDRESSES:

STUDIO OF REBEKAH BUSS
24W500 Maple Avenue, Suite 111, Naperville, IL 60540
630-995-6613

ST. MARGARET MARY CHURCH
1450 Green Trails Dr. Naperville, IL 60540
Located at the SE corner of Naper Blvd. and Green Trails Dr.

SCHOOL OF PERFORMING ARTS - "SPA"
1112 S. Washington St. N., Naperville, IL 60540
630-717-6622

WHITE EAGLE GOLF CLUB
3400 Club Drive, Naperville, 60564 Located south of Montgomery Rd., and north of 95 Street.
From Rt. 59 go west on White Eagle Dr. and follow signs to club house.