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Jennifer Savitch plays two beginner songs.

Starry Night in Adult Piano Lessons

Jennifer Savitch introduces and then plays two songs she has learned during the first three months of her adult piano lessons. As a charter pilot who often flies at nighttime, Jennifer Savitch has exp... »

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... »

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. »

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. »

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... »

Adult Piano Lessons: Practicing Trills with a Metronome (2 of 2)

In the second part of an article about how to practice trills with a metronome, this adult piano student finds out the steps to improving her technique. »

Adult Piano Lessons: Practicing Trills with a Metronome (1 of 2)

A student of adult piano lessons considers whether or not to use a metronome to improve her technique in playing trills, in this first part of the article. »

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. »