Piano performance tips

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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. »

Giving Back During the Holidays at a Halfway House

Giving Back During the Holidays at a Halfway House

On Christmas, baritone Barry Alexander sings for residents of a halfway house. He finds giving back during the holidays one of the best ways to perform. »

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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. »

Ricker Choi plays Liszt's Totentanz

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. »

A Dress Rehearsal for a New Year’s Performance

A Dress Rehearsal for a New Year’s Performance

Nancy M. Williams uses an upcoming performance as a reason to finally share classical piano music with friends, inviting them to a holiday dress rehearsal. »

Matt Harre gives adult piano students advice on performance.

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 diffe... »

Losing Control in Adult Piano Lessons

atthew 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 stud... »

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. »

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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. »