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Giving a Voice to Amateurs

Giving a Voice to Amateurs

By day Alberto De Salas works as a business analyst in New York City, but on evenings and weekends, he transforms into the founder of the Amateur Classical Musicians Association (ACMA). In anticipatio... »

Beethoven, Pakistan, Acumen Fund, Carnegie Hall: A Moving Night for this Student of Adult Piano Lessons

Beethoven, Pakistan, Acumen Fund, Carnegie Hall: A Moving Night for this Student of Adult Piano Lessons

Frédéric Chopin loved the opera, especially Italian bel canto operas, whose arias inspired the melodies of many Chopin Nocturnes. “Don’t listen to other pianists,” he would plead to ... »

How piano lessons enriched this writer's life.

My Adult Piano Lessons Took Me Somewhere New: The Piano Enriched my Writing Life

Photo by Frank Schramm. Earlier this week, I authored a guest blog post, When “Write What You Know” Takes You Somewhere New.  The posting explores how my passion for the piano–my adu... »

My Debut of Chopin’s C-sharp Minor Nocturne

My Debut of Chopin’s C-sharp Minor Nocturne

Coiled inside, along with my fear of performing, was the desire to share this music, Chopin's C-sharp Minor Nocturne, about which I felt so passionate. »

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Where’s My Hygrometer?

One responsibility that lies with students of adult piano lessons is maintaining ideal humidity around the piano. Here are some tips for using a hygrometer. »

Chopin: Pianist and Teacher – Valuable Read for Students of Adult Piano Lessons

Chopin: Pianist and Teacher – Valuable Read for Students of Adult Piano Lessons

It seems to me that you don’t dare to express yourself as you feel.  Be bolder, let yourself go more.  Imagine you’re at the Conservatoire, listening to the most beautiful performance in the world.  M... »

Buying a piano

Pianos for Sale: Adventures of Adult Piano Lessons (3 of 3)

Photo by Frank Schramm. Saturday morning, with clear and temperate August weather, arrived. Soon Jim, a piano dealer who had made me an offer on Craig’s List, would ring the doorbell with his crew. Th... »

Buying and maintaining a piano

Pianos for Sale: Adventures of Adult Piano Lessons (2 of 3)

Photo by Frank Schramm. After six months of trying to sell my Yamaha piano on Craig’s List, I received an email that grabbed my attention: Hi Can offer $2700. cash & carry.  Thanks Jim. Craig’s Li... »

Piano buying and maintaining tips.

Pianos for Sale: Adventures of Adult Piano Lessons (1 of 3)

Photo by Frank Schramm. My son Cal’s cache of nerf guns figured a prominent role in the sale of our Yamaha piano in August of this year. My Yamaha U1 Professional, a 48 inch glistening black beauty, w... »

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I Finally Admit I’m Powerless with Trills

A student of adult piano lessons was ashamed to admit she didn't know how to properly execute the trills in a Chopin nocturne, but these simple tips helped. »

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Classical Piano Music at Yosemite’s Ahwahnee Hotel

Classical piano music may be found even in Yosemite. In August, my family and I took our annual vacation.  Throwing caution to the winds–we are quite good at this when it comes to planning vacat... »

David Dubal on the Piano as a Passion: A Lecture at Steinway & Sons

David Dubal on the Piano as a Passion: A Lecture at Steinway & Sons

On August 18th, David Dubal delivered inspiring words to a group passionate about the piano. The occasion was a lecture held at the Steinway Piano Gallery in Paramus, New Jersey. Dubal—accomplished pi... »