Starting up piano lessons again in retirement, this student dives right back into a Beethoven sonata and learns the benefits of studying music as an adult.
Adult piano student profiles
A concert in New York City will showcase a mix of amateur and professional pianists and singers who all have one thing in common: their passion for music.
Twenty-something Priscilla Rodgers felt like a failure until she decided to reclaim her passion by enrolling in piano lessons, while pursuing a new career.
An adult piano student admits she doesn’t know how to listen attentively at a classical piano concert. She embarks on an experiment with Beethoven Sonatas.
AmateurPianists organized a recital featuring piano works by all women composers during Women’s History Month. Amateur performers share what they learned.
Shirley Gruenhut plays Poulenc Novelette No. 1 and discusses the composer’s use of harmony, the underrated key of C major, and the imagery the music evokes.
While on a beach vacation, this adult beginner piano student missed piano practice so much that she began to see mirages of the piano and music everywhere.
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.
Stacy Schwartz’s first piano performance isn’t in a recital hall, but on a whimsical Sing for Hope Piano in Central Park in front of strangers and tourists.
The amateur pianist Nana Asatiani performs the Debussy Clair de Lune at her patient’s elder care facility after she taught herself the music.
Amateur pianist Nana Asatiani had never seen the Debussy Clair de Lune until she took her patient to a hair salon. Then Nana’s life as a pianist changed.
Rabbi David Posner was hired by his New York City Temple at young age. Finding time to practice piano was also crucial, so he devised a creative solution.
Read about how The Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition, one of many piano competitions for adults, judges contestants on basis of submitted CD.
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...
Enrolled in adult piano lessons, a busy working professional and single mother of two wonders how artists find time to practice, and engage in creativity.
In this interview, the second in a series, Indusekhar Menon relates how adult piano lessons sparked a significant career change and a foray into composing.
Indusekhar Menon hails from Pune, India, a city known as the Oxford of the East. In his early 30s, after looking upon a grand piano for the first time, he joined the global community of people with a passion for classical piano music. Here is his story, told to GRAND...
Glenn Kramer formed the San Diego group AmateurPianists with the goal of providing venues for amateur pianists of any level to gain performance experience.
Classical piano music, in the form of a Chopin Nocturne, helped this varsity football player persevere through poor health after suffering a serious injury.
In this video, exclusive to GRAND PIANO PASSION™, Harriet Kaplan performs Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in G-sharp Minor, No.18 from Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1. I've always regarded people who play more than one instrument with some wonder. Playing multiple instruments...
Playing classical piano music, especially Beethoven, is another form of therapy for Emily Sun, who is undergoing an intensive radiotherapy cancer treatment.
Piano teacher Matthew Harre felt disenchanted with his piano technique, so he decided to take up piano lessons again under the prominent Alexander Lipsky.
Mark Cannon, a psychiatrist by profession, takes an unconventional approach to piano study, preferring to work independently and take lessons occasionally.
"Learning the piano is hard, but doing hard things can be very rewarding," advises Perri Knize, author of the bestselling Grand Obsession: A Piano Odyssey, my October Selection. In this second of two postings, Perri continues her exclusive interview with GRAND PIANO...