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.
Inspiration and claiming your passion
In this poem for her mother, Diane Wakoski expresses gratitude for her childhood piano lessons that provided a respite from the ugliness of life.
Learn how to use power poses, posture, and other bodily strategies to take on the challenges of piano practice, through applying principles from Amy Cuddy.
In this piece of short creative nonfiction, the author’s out-of-tune piano brings up everything from the elephants’ ivory to her current family dynamics.
This insider’s guide offers 10 holiday gift ideas, from silly to practical to beautiful, for the adult piano student or classical music nerd in your life.
The sooner you admit to being a full-on piano nerd, the sooner you can start to appreciate the unexpected benefits it brings to the rest of your life.
After reclaiming her passion for playing piano, this writer’s fear of submitting essays for publication diminished and her writing career began to blossom.
A film director and amateur pianist describes the making of American Grand, a documentary depicting the drama of taking apart and rebuilding a grand piano.
In this literary short story by Christi Craig, a piano tuner reluctantly turns up at the house of a flighty woman who has no appreciation for her Wurlitzer.
This amateur pianist received a valuable life lesson from her concert pianist grandfather, but his words didn’t sink in until many years after his death.
Mary Jo Balistreri, who has a hearing loss, writes of the piano as an honest friend and lifelong teacher in this uplifting poem dedicated to Nancy Williams.
Studies show that music lessons are good for your brain as a child or an adult. An adult student wants to see if studying the flute will improve her memory.
An adult piano student has detected an unintended consequence of her passion for piano: becoming a piano nerd. Here’s a list of the top 10 warning signs.
After her workshop, Claiming Your Passion . . . Despite a Hearing Loss, Nancy M. Williams reflects on reasons to jump into your passion or ease in slowly.
An impromptu sing-along to Joni Mitchell helps this classical piano student find voice, emotion and fluidity when practicing the Chopin Nocturne in E Minor.
During a performance of the Chopin Prelude in E Minor, the feeling of fear brought poet Mary Jo Balistreri’s memory back to a childhood drowning incident.
After playing piano for a century, Holocaust survivor Alice Herz-Sommer looks back on her life in the Oscar-winning short documentary The Lady in Number 6.
Practicing the Debussy Clair de Lune just doesn’t fit one day, so although this piano student only has an hour to play, she sight-reads a new piece instead.
After an adult music student agrees to play a flute and piano duet with a friend, insecurities bubble up, especially when she learns of the expected tempo.
Abstract painter and amateur pianist Leya Evelyn keeps representational images out of her art in order to explore deeper qualities of the human experience.
Watercolor artist Annika Connor, whose work has enhanced essays and poems on this site, explains why she considers herself a Contemporary Romantic painter.
This video of an adult piano lesson and interview with Cosmo Buono provides tips on finding your own musical interpretation and remembering to be grateful.
In her poem Fantasy Impromptu, Mary Jo Balistreri writes of playing Chopin on the piano as temporary relief from the pain of loneliness, envy, and longing.
Flute lessons bring out the inner child in this adult music student, who’s jealous of the attention her teacher gives a blonde, seven-year-old star pupil.