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The Minute Waltz, a Poem

The Minute Waltz, a Poem

Hearing Chopin’s Minute Waltz on the piano was the poet Mary Jo Balistreri’s first experience, at 9 years old, of music as more than just pleasant sounds.

Joyce Morton Plays the Liszt Un Sospiro

Joyce Morton Plays the Liszt Un Sospiro

After not playing the Liszt Un Sospiro for 10 years, adult piano student Joyce Morton relearns it and encounters both technical challenges and satisfaction.

Latin America Music for the Piano

Latin America Music for the Piano

Dr. Gail Fischler, piano teacher and speaker, advocates that piano students expand their repertoire from classical to Latin American popular and folk music.

Hearing Loss at the Opera

Hearing Loss at the Opera

The opera singer Ben Luxon denied his hearing loss until he couldn’t anymore. An exclusive excerpt from Katherine Bouton’s new book, Shouting Won’t Help.

Chopin Waltz in B Minor Amplified

Chopin Waltz in B Minor Amplified

After her mother died, the pianist Catherine Shefski decided to relearn and record, for reasons she did not quite understand, the Chopin Waltz in B minor.

The Old, Yellowish Piano Keys

The Old, Yellowish Piano Keys

Nino Dangadze plays Rêverie by A. Ovenberg. At age 14, drained by the pressure of the piano lessons for the previous seven years, I was looking forward to moving on with my life, as far away from the piano as possible. The pressure of the lessons was quite...

Expression Is the Need of My Soul

Expression Is the Need of My Soul

Embracing imperfection, finding courage, and stating clear goals are just some of the keys to unlocking creative expression through practicing the piano.

Bottoms-Up with Sight-Reading

Bottoms-Up with Sight-Reading

Sight-reading classical piano music isn’t easy, but one adult piano student offers tips for improving your skills, such as reading the bass line first.