Piano theory, practice & technique

Piano Practice Diary of a New Parent

Piano Practice Diary of a New Parent

A new parent discovers unexpected ways to practice the piano and work on her musicality alongside the demands of caring for the tiniest member of the family.

Decode Fast Music with This App

Decode Fast Music with This App

The Amazing Slow Downer app lets you change the tempo or pitch of any piano recording, opening up a host of creative solutions for practicing and listening.

Develop a Seeing Hand at the Piano

Develop a Seeing Hand at the Piano

Train yourself to sight-read fluently, without looking down at your hands or the keyboard, using these examples from piano repertoire at different levels.

Power Poses for Piano Practice

Power Poses for Piano Practice

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.

Best Piano Apps for Adult Students

Best Piano Apps for Adult Students

In-depth research and testing found these piano apps to be the most helpful for amateur pianists and adult piano students to add to their practice routines.

My Clacking Shoe

My Clacking Shoe

While performing Debussy at a recital, this adult piano student faced performance anxiety, her foot shaking on the pedal and making an embarrassing noise.

Understanding Tempo Rubato

Understanding Tempo Rubato

The push and pull of tempo rubato is a tricky concept for this adult piano student, until she comes to understand rhythm through the poetry of Mary Oliver.

Where’s the Finish Line?

Where’s the Finish Line?

Practicing the first movement of Mozart’s Piano Sonata in G Major, an adult piano student wonders when she’ll be able to say she’s finished with the piece.

Practice Listening with Your Memory

Practice Listening with Your Memory

Practice listening using your auditory memory, recreating melodies and harmonies in your mind, to enhance your piano playing, suggests Jay Alan Zimmerman.

Practice Listening with Your Eyes

Practice Listening with Your Eyes

Deaf composer Jay Alan Zimmerman sheds light on ways to practice listening to deepen your understanding of music and the piano, including using visual cues.