Monthly Meeting: February 2020

February 24, 2020

9:30-10:00 Pre-Meeting

Eric Sutz

The Secret Life of Diminished Scales

The strange and exotic life of diminished scales demystified!   These symmetrical scales are fun and interesting scales to play and teach.   Learn how by coming to Eric’s pre-meeting!

10:00-11:00 Business Meeting & Coffee

11:00-12:00 Program

Jeff Kleinsorge
Rubato: how to grow it from seeds

Dr. Kleinsorge will describe a fully-developed rubato, and then he’ll break down its pedagogy: from elementary kernels of rhythmic understanding, to intermediate tempo-bending experiments, to advanced, pre-college artistic expression. He’ll examine not just how to use rubato, but why and where – and he’ll show you how to include the student in the creative, decision-making process. Buckle up, because he’s going to take that hard and dry AIM theory and show you how to bring it to life as an intuitive act of musical expression.


Dr. Jeff Kleinsorge is the director of the Community Piano Program at Concordia University, Chicago, where he also teaches piano pedagogy and keyboard skills. As a former faculty member of the New School for Music Study, his mentors include Louise Goss and Marvin Blickenstaff. Dr. Kleinsorge studied at both Michigan State University and the Manhattan School of Music. He holds two B.Mus. degrees, an M.Mus. in piano performance, and  Ph.D. in composition with performance emphasis. He has studied with some of the most important pianists of our generation, including Ralph and Tina Votapek, Constance Keene, John Browning, and Gary Graffman, and can trace his pedagogical pedigree – working backward from student to teacher – to Chopin, Liszt, Beethoven, and Haydn.


Feb 24, 2020


9:30 am - 12:00 pm


Winnetka Covenant Church
1200 Hibbard Road, Wilmette, IL
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