Inspiration and claiming your passion

Beethoven’s Menacing Bust

Beethoven’s Menacing Bust

Robin Sloane Seibert went from loathing piano lessons and being frightened of a menacing bust of Beethoven to voluntarily learning the Beethoven Bagatelles.

The Minute Waltz, a Poem

The Minute Waltz, a Poem

Hearing Chopin’s Minute Waltz on the piano was the poet Mary Jo Balistreri’s first experience, at 9 years old, of music as more than just pleasant sounds.

What Happened When I Forgot My Music

What Happened When I Forgot My Music

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.

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.

Playing Outside on an Octopus Piano

Playing Outside on an Octopus Piano

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.

How I Learned to Count at 49

How I Learned to Count at 49

An adult flutist has a secret: she never knew how to count music. After skating by in middle school band, she now adds logic and technique to her playing.

Deserting the Piano: A Personal Essay

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.

Piano Practice: The Wonder of Solitude

Piano Practice: The Wonder of Solitude

Beset by an internal clamor, essayist Robin Sloane Seibert tries to drown out her worries with noise, until she discovers the solitude of piano practice.

A Piano Teacher Reclaims the Piano

A Piano Teacher Reclaims the Piano

After a long hiatus from the piano, teacher Catherine Shefski resolved to find her way back by recording classical piano music, one piece a week for a year.

2013 New Year’s Resolutions pour le Piano

2013 New Year’s Resolutions pour le Piano

For 2013, I am making five important New Year's resolutions for my piano study. 1) Concentrate on studying with my new piano teacher. During the late autumn of 2012, I embarked on a two-month search for a new teacher. Beloved as my first teacher is, after seven years...

Visualization for Carnegie Hall

Visualization for Carnegie Hall

After walking the spiritual Labyrinth at church, Nancy M. Williams comes up with a visualization strategy for her upcoming piano recital at Carnegie Hall.

Expression Is the Need of My Soul

Expression Is the Need of My Soul

Embracing imperfection, finding courage, and stating clear goals are just some of the keys to unlocking creative expression through practicing the piano.

Classical Piano Music in a Brownstone

Classical Piano Music in a Brownstone

Spending New Year’s Eve in Manhattan brings the author’s thoughts back to classical piano music and the true reasons why she had deserted it in her youth.

Lent’s Thirds in Clair de Lune

Lent’s Thirds in Clair de Lune

Committed to an act of justice each day during Lent, an amateur pianist begins to understand what it all means while practicing the thirds in Clair de Lune.