Music therapy

Fantasy Impromptu, a Poem

Fantasy Impromptu, a Poem

The only way I could deal with the distance within my marriage, within myself, was to practice and practice. Fantasy Impromptu is a difficult piece to play well, and it took me out of myself.

Feeling Is First in the Chopin Nocturne in C-sharp Minor

Feeling Is First in the Chopin Nocturne in C-sharp Minor

Around a year ago, when I began studying the Nocturne in C-sharp Minor, I felt awed by how Chopin had packed in the notes a plaintive sadness. In contrast, in my childhood home, although Mom never articulated a rule on the matter, feelings were prohibited.

Red Light in Adult Piano Lessons

Red Light in Adult Piano Lessons

Chopin’s Nocturne in C-sharp Minor is a signature piece of my piano teacher, Stephen Wu. At his wedding reception at the Montclair Art Museum earlier this year, the lights dimmed as Stephen sat down at the mahogany Steinway, where he played a piece of his own composition he had written for his new wife, Meredith.