FACULTY

Jeff Kleinsorge, PhD

Director, Preparatory and Community Piano Program


College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Jeff Kleinsorge is the director of the Preparatory and Community Piano Program and teaches university courses in piano pedagogy. He is an executive officer on the board of directors for both Chicago Music Teachers Association and the Illinois State Music Teachers Association. He holds two B.Mus. degrees from Michigan State University: one in piano performance with a minor in pedagogy, and the other in theory/composition. He also holds a M.Mus degree in piano performance from the Manhattan School of Music and a Ph.D. in composition with an emphasis in piano performance from Michigan State. He was formerly on the faculty of the New School for Music Study, where his mentors included Louise Goss and Marvin Blickenstaff. Dr. Kleinsorge has studied with some of the most important pianists of our generation, such as Ralph 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.

Degrees

PhD, CompositionMichigan State University; East Lansing, MI
MM, PianoThe Manhattan School of Music; New York, NY
BM, Theory and CompositionMichigan State University; East Lansing, MI
BM, PianoMichigan State University; East Lansing, MI