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.
Piano theory, practice & technique
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.
Train yourself to sight-read fluently, without looking down at your hands or the keyboard, using these examples from piano repertoire at different levels.
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.
When an adult piano student gets tendonitis from practicing Mozart’s Rondo Alla Turca, her injury leads to a lesson in piano technique: using the whole arm.
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.
Learn from an award-winning amateur pianist how to balance a full-time career with high-level performances, including concertos.
The Rhythm Lab iPad app helps piano students learn challenging rhythms, offering a practice tool to focus on the timing of notes without the actual melody.
To improve your piano sight-reading skills, the Read Ahead iPad app makes you look to the next measure in the score, not allowing you to dwell on mistakes.
Short of memorizing your whole repertoire—or a personal piano-butler to turn pages—the forScore iPad app is one of the best solutions for amateur musicians.
Teaching through intuition rather than music theory jargon, the online music-learning app Meludia helps classical musicians deepen their listening skills.
While performing Debussy at a recital, this adult piano student faced performance anxiety, her foot shaking on the pedal and making an embarrassing noise.
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.
Learn the history of how our modern piano keys came to be, and what they represent, from sound frequencies and mathematical relationships to music theory.
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.
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.
Practice listening using your auditory memory, recreating melodies and harmonies in your mind, to enhance your piano playing, suggests Jay Alan Zimmerman.
An adult piano student resolves to memorize Schumann’s “From Foreign Lands and People,” and uses music theory and her tactile sense to accomplish the feat.
After playing on 88 different Sing for Hope pianos around New York City for his video, veteran pianist Gregg Kallor offers his piano performance tips here.
Anna Shelest and her husband Dmitri Shelest are role models for adults learning piano duets. The couple offers tips on playing together as a four hands duo.
Simone Dinnerstein touches on inner voices and Bach Prelude in C Major in this video interview of pointers and inspiration for piano students of all ages.
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.
Nancy M. Williams saw adult piano lessons as a time to show off her progress; humiliation set in when her teacher made her practice right in front of him.
Robin Sloane Seibert plays the Beethoven Bagatelle No. 2 and discovers the joy of crossing hands and the challenge of playing triplets against eighth notes.