Posted: 9/01/11

Pianist Performs Friday at TAMIU



Hear 20th Century “classical” sounds as played by guest artist Dr. Courtney Crappell at a piano recital Friday, Sept. 2 at 7:30 p.m. at Texas A&M International University’s Center for the Fine and Performing Arts (CFPA) Recital Hall.

Admission is free and open to the public.

The evening’s program includes “Black Earth (Kara Toprak)” by Fazil Say, Four American Indian Piano Preludes by Louis W. Ballard; “With Drums and Pipes” and “The Night’s Music” from “Out of Doors” by Béla Bartók, Piano Variations by Aaron Copland, “Mad Rush” by Philip Glass and “Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues” from North American Ballads by Frederic Rzewski.

A native of south Louisiana, Dr. Crappell is assistant professor of piano pedagogy at the University of Texas at San Antonio and teaches piano, piano pedagogy and class piano. He also coordinates the class piano program and maintains the music department’s Piano Pedagogy Resource Center.

An advocate for integration of technology in the teaching studio and classroom, Crappell has presented workshops to music teachers while also co-creating and designing the website, findpianoworks.com.

His research in piano literature, piano pedagogy and ethnomusicology has been featured at international and national conferences and his articles and reviews have been published in Music Teachers National Association’s journal, American Music Teacher, and the online journal, Piano Pedagogy Forum and American Music Teacher.

He received his B.M. in piano performance at Louisiana State University and completed his M.M. and D.M.A. degrees in piano performance and pedagogy at the University of Oklahoma.

The next CFPA performance is “Beethoven Sonatas” with Dr. Friedrich Gechter, TAMIU associate professor of music and piano, and Brendan Townsend, assistant professor of music, Friday, Sept. 9 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

For a list of upcoming fine arts performances, visit tamiu.edu/coas/fpa/coe

For more information, contact Dr. Gechter at fgechter@tamiu.edu or 326.2639 or visit office in CFPA 233D.

University office hours are Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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