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Grant Event: The Art of Phrasing
April 8 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Presenter: Mary Hall Kogen
Presenting District: Umpqua Valley/South Coast
Program Description: Phrasing comes from within, from our musical heart and soul. And it must also come from an intellectual understanding of the concepts of music, from the concepts upon which music is created and heard, from one’s musicality. Musicality combines all the elements of music. It blends individual interpretation, musical rules and the styles of periods and composers. Yet, the most important ingredient is emotion, which puts excitement and meaning into every note. In this workshop we learn how to teach our students to play the music and simultaneously feel it. Phrasing is part of this musicality. Is it possible to teach someone to be musical, to phrase and shape music so it has both emotion and intellectual understanding?
About the Presenter: Mary Hall Kogen is Professor Emerita at Portland State University in Portland, OR. During the 26 years prior to her retirement in 2003, she taught Applied Piano, Piano Pedagogy, Class Piano, and supervised Graduate Teaching Assistants. Beginning in 1993, Ms. Kogen directed a summer music camp “Let Music Be the Food of Peace” in collaboration with Self Enhancement Inc. This camp won many awards and celebrated its tenth anniversary with Ms. Kogen’s retirement in 2003. For the last 18 years, Ms. Kogen has pursued rhythm and movement through the experiential rhythm system TaKeTiNa. In 2008, she presented “Rhythm and Evolution” for the Music Teachers National Association in Denver, CO. She has been a member of the SYMS faculty at the University of New Hampshire for the past nine years where she taught participatory rhythmic learning to high school music students. She has presented rhythm workshops at numerous universities around the US. In June 2014, she gave two workshops for NFMC, “Using the Music Lesson to Teach Leadership Skills” and “Learning Through Rhythm and Movement”. For the past two years, Ms. Kogen has done “Taketina” in Albignac, France, with pianists from around the world, at Paul Roberts piano school. In June 2017, she presented “Movement and Mapping” at the National Andover Educators Conference in Georgia. Ms. Kogen continues to do presentations throughout the United States, and maintains a private studio in Portland where she teaches pedagogy and piano. “Mary Kogen has literally become the Piano Teachers’ Piano Teacher”. — The Oregonian