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A boy dressed for winter in a cap with a tassle and parka stands outside over a black upright piano, left on a snowy field. He bends down with an expression of great concentration, his index finger touching a single note. To the side of him is a photo of a book, with the title, "Of Sound Mind: How Our Brain Constructs a Meaningful Sonic World."

Why Children and Teens with Hearing Loss Should Learn Music

by | Nov 14, 2023 | Coping with hearing loss,Recommended | 0 Comments

The biologist Dr. Nina Kraus illuminates how children and teenagers benefit from learning music in her book, Of Sound Mind.

A piano with light falling across it and a pair of musicians earplugs, with a background of sheet music for the piano, with the Grand Piano Passion logo.

Hearing Aids and Music Technology Guide

by | Aug 8, 2023 | Hearing Aids & Music Technology,Recommended | 10 Comments

Our guide explores in-ear monitors, hearing aids’ music setting, and hearing protection.

Abstract pink and purple shapes that look like sound waves, with caption: "The Alternative to Hearing Aids for Music."

The Alternative to Hearing Aids for Music: 3DME In-Ear Monitor System

by | Aug 7, 2023 | Hearing Aids & Music Technology,Recommended | 27 Comments

Our product review of ASI Audio’s 3DME In-Ear Monitor evaluates the system as an alternative to hearing aids for music.

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Switching from Hearing Aids for Music – My Journey

by | Aug 6, 2023 | Hearing Aids & Music Technology,Recommended | 2 Comments

A pianist with hearing loss switches to in-ear monitors for music after experiencing frustration with her hearing aids’ tinny sound quality

An audio engineer's mixing board, with purple, green, and red glowing lights

An Audio Engineer’s Advice on Programming Hearing Aids for Music

by | Nov 1, 2022 | Hearing Aids & Music Technology,Recommended | 4 Comments

Musician, audio engineer, hearing aid user, and cochlear implant recipient Rick Ledbetter explains how he programs his hearing aids for music. 


Dr. Chasin’s Checklist for Optimizing Your Hearing Aids for Music

by | Jan 21, 2019 | Hearing Aids & Music Technology,Recommended | 71 Comments

For musicians with hearing loss, we offer this expert-verified checklist to take to your audiologist to create a better music program on your hearing aids.


Memory, Music, and the Cochlear Implant

by | Nov 2, 2015 | Coping with hearing loss,Recommended | 1 Comment

As I start my car in the morning to drive to work, I hear in my head the opening measures of the Prelude of the Bach D minor cello suite.

Joyce_Morton playing her piano

Top 5 Tips for Wearing Hearing Aids and Making Music

by | Sep 28, 2015 | Hearing Aids & Music Technology,Recommended | 24 Comments

Get the top 5 tips for playing a musical instrument while wearing hearing aids, in this exclusive interview with an amateur pianist who has a hearing loss.

Piano Performance

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Piano Performance Tips from Veteran Gregg Kallor

by | Dec 3, 2013 | Piano performance tips,Recommended - Amplified | 0 Comments

In the summer of 2013, composer and pianist Gregg Kallor set out with filmmaker Alan McIntyre Smith to make a music video of “Broken Sentences,” a classical cum jazz inspired composition that is the second movement of Gregg’s Carnegie Hall-premiered suite, A Single Noon.

Stacy_Schwartz poses against blue piano with octopus sculpture in central park

My First Piano Performance

by | Jun 24, 2013 | Piano performance tips,Recommended - Amplified | 1 Comment

Three weeks ago I played piano in public for the first time. Much to my young children’s disappointment, my debut performance wasn’t in a recital room at my music school, nervously awaiting my turn to showcase my beginner skills among a lineup of their elementary school classmates.


Practicing in Performance Mode

by | Apr 15, 2013 | Piano performance tips,Recommended - Amplified | 1 Comment

After I learned the second movement of the Schubert Sonata in A Major, D664, my new piano teacher, Mark Pakman, explained I would now shift my practice of the Andante into “performance mode.”

Ricker Choi plays Liszt's Totentanz with orchestra

How to Perform a Piano Concerto

by | Feb 27, 2012 | Piano performance tips,Recommended - Amplified | 1 Comment

For years, Ricker Choi, an amateur pianist from Canada, wanted to play a concerto with an orchestra, a dream shared by many students of adult piano lessons.

Best Poems and Short Fiction on Piano

Piano, a Poem

Piano, a Poem

In this poem consisting of a single sentence, Dan Howell draws on a lived experience to describe the sound of an older woman playing.

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The Piano Speaks, a Poem

The Piano Speaks, a Poem

In this poem bursting with nature imagery, Sandra Beasley channels the perspective of an old piano that is woken back to life by a master like Erik Satie.

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Popular Articles


American Grand, PBS Documentary, Created by Amateur Pianist

by | Apr 27, 2015 | Inspiration for piano practice,Recommended - Popular | 2 Comments

The initial idea was to make a short film. A nice little film crammed with beauty shots of the internal organs of a piano. I reckoned it would take about four days to shoot.

Johann Sebastian portrait

The Bach French Suites Amplified

by | Sep 10, 2013 | Bach,Recommended - Popular | 0 Comments

The Bach French Suites, groupings of short pieces originally most likely written for the harpsichord, now played on the piano, provide many of the benefits of studying more complicated music by Bach.

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Deserting the Piano: A Personal Essay

by | Apr 2, 2013 | Claiming your passion,Recommended - Popular | 10 Comments

I am at East Coast Piano, a boxy, windowless warehouse store on New Jersey’s Route 46, because my husband, David, has insisted.

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How to Find a Good Piano Teacher: Making the Decision

by | Jan 21, 2013 | Finding a piano teacher,Recommended - Popular | 0 Comments

In this final article on how to find a good piano teacher, I describe how to make your decision after you take trial lessons from a short list of teachers.