Piano performance tips

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.

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.

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.

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...

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...

This Sounded So Much Better at Home

This Sounded So Much Better at Home

When Nancy M. Williams performed the Chopin Nocturne in E-flat Major at church, nerves got the best of her. Of course it had sounded so much better at home.

Press Record to Improve Your Sound

Press Record to Improve Your Sound

One method to improve your sound in classical piano music is to record yourself playing. The mistakes will ring out with clarity and become easier to fix.