Dr. Matthew Hagle

Piano Faculty, Musicianship Program Director
Program Area: 
Private Instruction
Group Lessons
With Music Institute of Chicago since: 

D.M.A., Yale School of Music, 2003; M.M.A., Yale School of Music, 1997; M.M., Yale School of Music, 1994; B.M., Peabody Conservatory of Music, 1992

Significant teachers and mentors: 

Maria Curcio Diamand, Robert Weirich, Claude Frank, and Donald Currier

Teaching philosophy and areas of expertise: 

I love to be around bright and curious people who are excited by music! I try to challenge my students on an intellectual/musical level, but also to remain sympathetic to the problems they might face in trying to improve their skills. As a piano teacher, I try and teach students to better understand how the music is put together, how to listen to themselves (harder than it seems!), and how to use natural movements of their bodies to build a playing technique. As a musicianship teacher, I try to teach students to recognize and listen for the building blocks of a piece of music. As a composition teacher, I try to take the students' individual ideas and help them problem solve with a sense of compositional structure and historical awareness.

Awards and achievements: 

Fulbright Grant, England, 1994-1995; Master classes with Leon Fleisher, Gilbert Kalish, John O'Conor, Peter Frankl, Boris Berman; CD American Virtuosa with Rachel Barton Pine released on Cedille label

Professional affiliations & activities: 

Formerly taught at Elmhurst College, University of Notre Dame, and International Institute for Young Musicians Frequent solo and chamber music/collaborative performances on radio station WFMT Past collaborative partners include violinist Rachel Barton Pine, pianist Mio Isoda-Hagle, members of the Chicago Symphony, Quintet Attacca, Avalon Quartet, Parker Quartet Solo, chamber music and collaborative performances across the U.S., in England, Australia, and Japan U.S. venues including: Many colleges/universities across the U.S., National Gallery of Art (D.C.), Museum of Women in the Arts (D.C.), Symphony Space (New York), U.S. Supreme Court, Ravinia Festival's Martin Theater, Symphony Center (Chicago), Art Institute of Chicago, Dame Myra Hess Concerts (Chicago Cultural Center)

Interests outside of music: 

Playing with my two children; reading mysteries, fiction, popular science, math, poetry, philosophy, history and psychology books; playing chess poorly, learning to speak Japanese

Favorite quote: 

"Chance benefits the prepared mind." - Louis Pasteur

Favorite practice tip: 

Any time spent practicing without careful listening is a waste of time. Just because you are at the instrument, making sounds, doesn't guarantee that you are really practicing.

Favorite composer or piece to play: 

Franz Schubert