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The Chopin Prelude in A Major Amplified

The Chopin Prelude in A Major is a very short piece that offers a wonderful study in dynamics, color, and rubato. Find tips on how to achieve these effects.

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Bach French Suite No. 4 Amplified

The Bach French Suite No. 4's Allemande is relatively short, making its contrapuntal demands on the player manageable; get tips on how to play the piece.

Inspiration for Piano Practice

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Back to Piano Practice—Now with a Piano

After two years of piano practice without owning a piano, Joanna Eng gets a piano in her new home, but the time and motivation to play don’t come so easily.

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Putting the Piano at the Center of My Life

Twenty-something Priscilla Rodgers felt like a failure until she decided to reclaim her passion by enrolling in piano lessons, while pursuing a new career.

Music Therapy

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Veteran Plays Piano Despite Suicide Bomber Attack

This Army veteran survived a suicide bomber attack in Iraq. Upon his return, despite severe injuries and hearing loss, all he wanted was to play the piano.

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Your Brain on Adult Music Lessons

Studies show that music lessons are good for your brain as a child or an adult. An adult student wants to see if studying the flute will improve her memory.

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Fantasy Impromptu, a Poem

In her poem Fantasy Impromptu, Mary Jo Balistreri writes of playing Chopin on the piano as temporary relief from the pain of loneliness, envy, and longing.

Wisdom from Concert Pianists

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The Fiery and Intimate Piano Duet Pair Anna and Dmitri Shelest

Anna Shelest and her husband Dmitri Shelest are role models for adults learning piano duets. The couple offers tips on playing together as a four hands duo. »

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Classical Piano Music with Angela Hewitt

Angela Hewitt's performance of the Debussy Clair de Lune showcases elements of interpretation, intention, and concentration useful to adult piano students. »

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Martha Argerich and Tempo Rubato

Tempo rubato, literally "stolen time," can be difficult to express in piano music. Martha Argerich's Chopin recordings offer helpful, inspiring examples. »

Performing with Hearing Loss

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I Reveal My Hearing Loss…at a Piano Recital

When an amateur pianist with a hearing loss forgets to turn on the music setting on her hearing aids during a recital, she has to stop the performance.

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Piano Practice with High-Frequency Hearing Loss

High-frequency hearing loss has led amateur pianist Ricker Choi to perform with earplugs, turn down the volume, and spend practice time away from the piano.

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Preparing for Fun and… WHAT?

Preparing for groups with hearing loss can be frustrating; how can you meet everyone's needs while running a smooth event? Jay Alan Zimmerman offers tips.

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