Simone Dinnerstein touches on inner voices and Bach Prelude in C Major in this video interview of pointers and inspiration for piano students of all ages.
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Simone Dinnerstein plays a lesser-known piece reminiscent of the accessible Bach Prelude in C Major in this exclusive video recording from her home studio.
High-frequency hearing loss has led amateur pianist Ricker Choi to perform with earplugs, turn down the volume, and spend practice time away from the piano.
Delve into the Bach French Suites by learning the romantic story behind the creation of the Baroque pieces and hearing from both sides of the pedal debate.
Nancy M. Williams saw adult piano lessons as a time to show off her progress; humiliation set in when her teacher made her practice right in front of him.
In this video, Nancy M. Williams plays the Chopin Raindrop Prelude in recital at Carnegie Hall—a challenge after a 25-year hiatus from practicing piano.
Deepen your interpretation of the Debussy First Arabesque with visual aids, tips for playing triplets against eighth notes, and comparisons to Bach’s music.
To break bad habits in piano practice, Charles Duhigg suggests first identifying the cue or trigger as well as the reward that your brain is really seeking.
A closer look at the Liszt Un Sospiro reveals patterns in the rolling arpeggios, an Impressionistic quality, and some historical background on the piece.
Frazzled after forgetting her sheet music for a planned session at a Sing for Hope Piano in Central Park, Nancy M. Williams switches tacks and finds calm.
A news story about a missing grand piano brings to mind August Wilson’s 1990 play The Piano Lesson, about a family’s complex relationship with their piano.
Dinner with a fellow musician with hearing loss offers Nancy M. Williams communion and validation, while at the same time forcing her to face her fears.
Sing for Hope Pianos, all over New York in June 2013, gave songwriter Steven Turner the chance to perform his original compositions outside in Central Park.
The Debussy Clair de Lune, the most popular movement from Suite Bergamasque, holds poetry, emotional connection, and intriguing rhythms for these pianists.
To create good habits for piano practice, start with what Charles Duhigg calls keystone habits: mundane, everyday actions that trigger widespread change.
Stephen Malinowski has created an entirely fresh approach for making Bach’s music visual. His videos break down contrapuntal voices into a digestible form.
Nancy M. Williams declares rather than flowers or chocolates for Mother’s Day, she wants a concert grand piano, in this Sharps and Flats™ humor essay.
An interview with creators of Piano Accents: Latin America, accessible piano repertoire minus the cute pictures, a good choice for advanced beginner adults.
Amateur pianist Nancy M. Williams makes the mistake of thinking piano practice with Schubert Sonata in A Major in so-called “performance mode” will be easy.
The author imagines a piano in her home as a sulking, poisonous guest. Although the piano used to be her passion, she has not touched the keys in 25 years.
An in-depth look at the Chopin Raindrop Prelude, with its repeated A-flats and tempo rubato, offering multiple perspectives on technique and interpretation.
Do you have a hearing loss? Learn about how hearing health affirmations, positive declarations you make to yourself, can supplement traditional medicine.
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Rabbi David Posner, amateur pianist, plays the Brahms Intermezzo B-flat Minor: a video, his story and insight from a music masters student at Mills College.