Best movies, novels, memoirs on piano

Happy Fingers: An Oscar Winner

Happy Fingers: An Oscar Winner

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.

Piano Gone Missing

Piano Gone Missing

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.

Book Review: The Piano Teacher: A Novel of Swan’s Knob

In this exclusive video interview with Lynn York, she reads two selections from the book. Two love stories, a murder mystery, and a mother-daughter tale, juiced with plenty of comedic and sexy moments, figure in my March Selection of the Month, The Piano Teacher: A...

A Grand Obsession for Adult Piano Lessons

A Grand Obsession for Adult Piano Lessons

In the autumn of her forty-third year, Perri Knize realized that the piano was all she wanted to do with her life. Startled by the quiet force of her intentions, she enrolled in adult piano lessons and set out to purchase a serviceable used upright. Her search for a...

Summer Read for Students of Adult Piano Lessons

Summer Read for Students of Adult Piano Lessons

One summer in college, Robin Meloy Goldsby takes a waitressing job in Nantucket, far from her hometown of Pittsburgh.  She misses her piano.  She wanders into the Club Car, a famous old restaurant, asks the manager whether she might practice on his piano in the...

The Piano Shop on the Left Bank: Adult Piano Lessons in Paris

One of my dearest friends, Jacqueline, recently asked me to suggest a well-written book that was free of frightening suspense or family trauma. I sent her a list of my favorite literary chick-lit, but had she been taking adult piano lessons, I would have recommended...