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Philosophy

I believe it is important that students have teacher(s) who know the Pianistic path, and can point out musical nuances to make their piano experience fulfilling, fantastic, interesting, and absolutely delightful. I teach to impart the Tradition of the Art of Pianism. Those traditions passed to me come from Bach's organ, Mozart's harpsichord, Beethoven's pianos, and Liszt's piano academy. My own understanding of periods, pianists, and composition has developed as well from a lifetime spent studying the Great Masters of Music.

Ethnomusicology aside, there should be joy in upholding and preserving the Pianistic art and the Mindset across all boundaries racial, political, and otherwise. I had to work hard to gain respect due to my mixed-race status in and out of the piano world, I still do. I hope to bring compassion and understanding particularly to talented students who hope to unite the world through their successes.

Biography

At birth, Angela M. Kneale was gifted a piano from her great-grandmother, Eva Kneale, who was a Philadelphia socialite/ pre-madonna/ vocalist/music teacher from the 20's through the 60's. Angela Kneale was born near her great-grandmother's home in Bucks County, PA of a Japanese national mother and an American father. The overall attitude of the Quakertown community persecuted Angela for her mixed-race/national heritage regardless of how much she tried to fit in and do well. Her love of the piano and art overshadowed any negativity and allowed her to excel at the Piano.

Though young Angela began playing piano independently by age 2, formal lessons began for Angela at age 6 with Gloriana Sewell. Angela gained acknowledgement for her interpretive artistry by Age 9 by the American College of Musicians after review at her National Audition for interpretation of contemporary solo works. By age 10 Angela left Sewell's studio and went to study with the Husband of her church's organist. Angela's pedagogical studies commenced, by age 12, under tutelage of Organist, Dr. Richard VanAuken. Angela easily performed many of the works found on Martha Argerich's debut album by the time she was 14. Angela refined her Bach interpretation with Dr. VanAuken as well as her Beethoven. Angel√°'s playing that was heavily influenced by Sokoloff's intervention in her lessons during these 5 years. Miss Kneale maintained a position of placing in the top 3 performers for the State of Pennsylvania, PMTA competitions for 5 consecutive years. Miss Kneale eventually began her own personal departure from Dr. VanAuken with her own independent studies of the solo piano works of Debussy and Ravel.

At age 15 Angela Kneale started her own private piano studio in order to afford her lessons with her beloved mentor Dr. Kiszely. Angela began study with the Former Hungarian, a pianist from the Liszt Academy, and world renowned music teacher who restructured the Hungarian Music Education system;- Dr. Andor Kiszely at his Mainline Conservatory of Music by his invitation. She quickly became one of his prizewinners before her departure to College and brief study with French pianist, Anne Petite (also from Curtis) by age 17.

Angela attended Ithaca College School of Music on scholarship and received her Bachelor degree in Music. During that time she made her own arrangements to privately study with Harry Jensen in New Paltz, NY for other pedagogical and performance techniques and began pursuit of more actively intellectual endeavors and political organizing for issues.

Miss Kneale has held Keyboard and Piano Artist Faculty positions at; Community Conservatory of Music and Art in Doylestown, PA; Doylestown School of Music and Art in Doylestown, PA; CSMA Ithaca in Ithaca, NY.

Miss Kneale has allowed some of her students to audition and take State and National examinations. Miss Kneale has had students perform for the State Talent Showcases (with original composition) for NYSMTA (NY) & PMTA (PA). Her students also play for professional performances and auditions nationally and internationally. She is a currently a member of the AFM, MTNA, HTMA, and is the founder and director of the Mililani Music & Arts Academy.

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Honolulu & Mililani, experiential education
 
 
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http://www.angelakneale.com