Piano theory, practice & technique

A Frog Hop to the Bach Fugue in C

A Frog Hop to the Bach Fugue in C

Stephen Malinowski has created an entirely fresh approach for making Bach’s music visual. His videos break down contrapuntal voices into a digestible form.

The Language of Music

The Language of Music

Music theory is the grammar, punctuation, and vocabulary of the language of music. An amateur pianist discovers meaning in Mozart through studying theory.

Practicing in Performance Mode

Practicing in Performance Mode

Amateur pianist Nancy M. Williams makes the mistake of thinking piano practice with Schubert Sonata in A Major in so-called “performance mode” will be easy.

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.

Rushing Haydn in Adult Piano Lessons

Rushing Haydn in Adult Piano Lessons

After flying through life, an adult piano student learns that practicing slowly is the only way to really learn and understand a difficult Haydn movement.

When Your Piano Teacher Doesn’t Fit

When Your Piano Teacher Doesn’t Fit

Piano teacher Dr. Gail Fischler talks about her varied experiences with piano teachers and teaching styles during her own adult piano lessons in the past.

Bottoms-Up with Sight-Reading

Bottoms-Up with Sight-Reading

Sight-reading classical piano music isn’t easy, but one adult piano student offers tips for improving your skills, such as reading the bass line first.

How to Perform a Piano Concerto

How to Perform a Piano Concerto

Ricker Choi performed a Liszt piano concerto with an orchestra for an amateur piano competition, and he offers his insider’s perspective in this interview.

When You Need a Quiet Piano

When You Need a Quiet Piano

After accomplished amateur pianist Ricker Choi received a threatening letter from neighbors about his piano practice, he decided to invest in a quiet piano.

Ensembles and Adult Piano Lessons

Ensembles and Adult Piano Lessons

Alberto De Salas believes that playing in an ensemble is crucial to a pianist’s development. The founder of the Amateur Classical Musicians Association (ACMA), Alberto performed an Ástor Piazzolla piece with his trio this past fall at ACMA’s concert at Carnegie Hall...

Why Students of Adult Piano Lessons Should Perform

Why Students of Adult Piano Lessons Should Perform

In this exclusive video for GRAND PIANO PASSION™, Matt Harre gives adult piano students useful tips for preparing for their performances. Matthew Harre believes that performing on the piano is a different art than simply playing the piano. “I think performance is...

Burgmüller’s Opus 109 Amplified

Improving piano technique doesn’t have to mean practicing boring scales and exercises. Disguised as repertoire, Burgmüller’s studies make the work fun.

Losing Control in Adult Piano Lessons

Matthew Harre, one of the most well-known teachers of adult piano lessons in the Washington DC area, prescribes scales, patience, and practice like many of his music-teaching brethren. Yet after a student grasps the technique and musical line of a piece, Harre...