Louis Nagel - Concert Pianist

Louis Nagel has been awarded the 2016 HAROLD HAUGH AWARD for excellence in teaching by the the University of Michigan School of Music Theatre and Dance.

In the fall of 2016 Dr. Nagel will present a lecture/recital as part of the award.

I am a concert pianist and a professor of piano and piano literature at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance. I have served on the faculty since 1969, and have had the distinct pleasure of teaching many students who have gone on to meaningful careers in the field of music. As a concert pianist I have performed in all parts of the world, as a soloist and chamber recitalist and with orchestra.

On April 17, 2014, I performed a recital with brief commentary in tribute to the iconic building Steinway Hall. Click here for More About This Concert.

I have written articles that have appeared in Clavier Companion, American Music Teacher, and contribute a column to the Michigan Music Teacher's Newsletter. I have also contributed chapters on Schumann's Papillons and the music of C.P.E. Bach to the two volumes of The Pianist's Craft. I have headed the Outreach in the Performing Arts program at the Music School and believe deeply in the concept of community involvement for classically trained performers. And with particular pleasure, I have collaborated with my wife, Julie Jaffee Nagel, psychologist, musician, and author of the book Melodies Of The Mind in a variety of programs exploring the relationship between music and psychology.

I am expanding my teaching activities to build a private studio, and am accepting young students. Included in this population (but not limited to) are advanced players who have as their goals a college audition. I also teach adults who put aside their piano studies when they embarked upon careers and are eager now to return to study. I feel strongly with adults that one is never "too old" to learn and enjoy the beauties of the great composers. As for young students, I believe that teaching music must include the "why" as well as the "how" to play a composition. In particular, when preparing for a college audition, it is important to choose appropriate repertoire and understand it analytically as well as be able to perform it convincingly. The more understanding about the music a young student is playing, the more confident they will be when making that transition from high school to college.

I look forward to continuing my performing activities, and place new importance on the concept of home concerts. Music is just as glorious in a home as a concert hall, and it affords me the opportunity to connect conversationally as well as pianistically with the audience.

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