Articles by Nancy M. Williams, Founding Editor at Grand Piano Passion™

Nancy M. Williams is an award-winning writer and ardent amateur pianist. She performs in amateur concerts despite a genetic hearing loss, and in 2012 she debuted in recital at Carnegie Hall. She serves on the board of the Hearing Health Foundation.

If a Tree Falls: Hearing Loss Redeemed

In her moving memoir If a Tree Falls, the author Jennifer Rosner writes of her family’s genetic hearing loss and deafness, plus her relationship with music. »

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Pianos for Sale: Adventures of Adult Piano Lessons (3 of 3)

Photo by Frank Schramm. Saturday morning, with clear and temperate August weather, arrived. Soon Jim, a piano dealer who had made me an offer on Craig’s List, would ring the doorbell with his crew. Th... »

Buying and maintaining a piano

Pianos for Sale: Adventures of Adult Piano Lessons (2 of 3)

Photo by Frank Schramm. After six months of trying to sell my Yamaha piano on Craig’s List, I received an email that grabbed my attention: Hi Can offer $2700. cash & carry.  Thanks Jim. Craig’s Li... »

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Pianos for Sale: Adventures of Adult Piano Lessons (1 of 3)

Photo by Frank Schramm. My son Cal’s cache of nerf guns figured a prominent role in the sale of our Yamaha piano in August of this year. My Yamaha U1 Professional, a 48 inch glistening black beauty, w... »

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I Finally Admit I’m Powerless with Trills

A student of adult piano lessons was ashamed to admit she didn't know how to properly execute the trills in a Chopin nocturne, but these simple tips helped. »

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Classical Piano Music at Yosemite’s Ahwahnee Hotel

Classical piano music may be found even in Yosemite. In August, my family and I took our annual vacation.  Throwing caution to the winds–we are quite good at this when it comes to planning vacat... »

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Hearing Aids at My Piano Recital

Nancy M. Williams' hearing aids become public knowledge after she forgets to turn them to the music setting before a performance, and decides to start over. »

David Dubal on the Piano as a Passion: A Lecture at Steinway & Sons

David Dubal on the Piano as a Passion: A Lecture at Steinway & Sons

On August 18th, David Dubal delivered inspiring words to a group passionate about the piano. The occasion was a lecture held at the Steinway Piano Gallery in Paramus, New Jersey. Dubal—accomplished pi... »

Italian in Adult Piano Lessons (2 of 2)

Italian in Adult Piano Lessons (2 of 2)

I like how adult piano lessons have exposed me to Italian, in the form of the composers’ musical direction. Throughout piano scores bloom composers’ Italian words and phrases communicating dynamics an... »

Italian in Adult Piano Lessons

Italian in Adult Piano Lessons

In taking adult piano lessons, one of Nancy M. Williams's secret pleasures is the smattering of Italian terms in the music: smorzando, slentando, sostenuto. »

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