change of life

To Buy a Piano: A Cherry Steinway’s Soul

To Buy a Piano: A Cherry Steinway’s Soul

I stepped into the foyer of an SoHo apartment in Manhattan. On the opposite wall hung an abstract oil painting of a nude, her body contorted and sectioned. At the smell of alcohol lingering in the air... »

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 ... »

The Piano Shop on the Left Bank: Adult Piano Lessons in Paris

One of my dearest friends, Jacqueline, recently asked me to suggest a well-written book that was free of frightening suspense or family trauma. I sent her a list of my favorite literary chick-lit, but... »

Students of Adult Piano Lessons: Fraidel Leah Kletter, a Profile in Perseverance

Students of Adult Piano Lessons: Fraidel Leah Kletter, a Profile in Perseverance

I’m pleased to launch the first of my Students of Adult Piano Lessons Profiles, a series which will appear in an ongoing basis in this GRAND PIANO PASSION™ blog.  Our first student of adult pian... »

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. »

Red Light in Adult Piano Lessons

Red Light in Adult Piano Lessons

For Nancy M. Williams, adult piano lessons bring back insecurities linked to a childhood spent with an alcoholic parent, but ultimately help her move on. »

Learning the score without the piano.

Reentry Points: Performance Strategies for Adult Piano Lessons

After a few performance mistakes, Nancy M. Williams adopts a strategy of practicing reentry points in her adult piano lessons, so she can get back on track. »

The Yogic Om and Adult Piano Lessons

The Yogic Om and Adult Piano Lessons

Earlier this week at yoga, I received an unexpected confirmation of the progress I’ve made in my adult piano lessons. At the Thursday night Be-evolution class, the brainchild of Jagadisha, our s... »

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... »

How My Hearing Aids Helped Me Rediscover Eyes

After being fitted for new hearing aids, Nancy M. Williams stops relying on lipreading and discovers the emotional resonance of looking into people's eyes. »

Nancy M. Williams at piano

How My New Hearing Aids Affected My Adult Piano Lessons

Upgrading to new hearing aids with a special music setting affected this amateur pianist's piano technique and playing in more ways than she was expecting. »

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... »