Richard Floeckher comes to Rhapsody Arts Center via Cincinnati, Ohio, where he managed a successful private piano studio from 2002 until 2009, when he moved to Madison. He holds a BA in Music from Northern Kentucky University, where he studied piano with Sergei Polusmiak and composition with Robert Denham, and a BA in Philosophy from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio), where he studied nineteenth and twentieth century continental philosophy and aesthetics.
Richard believes that the most important aspect of teaching piano is to accommodate students’ tastes and abilities, while firmly establishing the basics of solid piano playing. For this reason, he draws from several teaching methods and musical sources such as Thompson, Alfred, Bartok’s Mikrokosmos, The Russian School of Piano Playing, Burnam’s A Dozen a Day, among others. He regularly teaches his students, who have ranged in age from 5 to 75, works by the major and lesser known composers of every musical era, from the Baroque to the present.
A trained musicologist and music historian, Richard has presented his research at conferences in the US and Europe, notably at venues in Hungary, Bulgaria and Austria. Transferring his love of music history to the studio, Richard is dedicated to teaching his students about the historical significance of the pieces and composers they study. In so doing, the students are encouraged to incorporate music into their growing knowledge of human history.
Richard will enter the MA program in Ethnomusicology at UW Madison in the fall of 2010.