Charles Aschbrenner, adjunct professor emeritus of music, has lectured and adjudicated widely in addition to performing both as soloist and collaborative pianist throughout Michigan and the Midwest as well as in Mexico, Portugal, France and Russia. His piano students have entered graduate programs across the country and into careers in teaching, performance, church music, music theater and opera direction worldwide. With degrees from the University of Illinois and Yale University, Aschbrenner continued studies with renowned teachers Nadia Boulanger in France and Adele Marcus in New York City.
Also a licensed Dalcroze instructor from the Dalcroze School of Music, he has taught eurhythmics at Hope College for 35 years. Further trained in the techniques of Taubman, Alexander and Feldenkrais, Aschbrenner has been intensely interested in the issues of movement, gesture, rhythm and physical freedom in performance. His innovative presentation, “Pulse Patterning for Pianists,” first given nationally at the 1993 MTNA convention in Spokane, has continued to evolve and serve as a basis for articles, a website and presentations at regional and international conferences, most recently in Toronto, St. Paul and Novi Sad, Serbia.
His website, Pulse Patterning for Pianists, may be viewed at pulsepatterning.com.