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How to Memorize Piano Music, Including Help from Music Theory

An adult piano student resolves to memorize Schumann’s “From Foreign Lands and People,” and uses music theory and her tactile sense to accomplish the feat.

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An Independent Streak in Piano Study

Mark Cannon, a psychiatrist by profession, takes an unconventional approach to piano study, preferring to work independently and take lessons occasionally.

Following Your Passion

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The Minute Waltz, a Poem

Hearing Chopin's Minute Waltz on the piano was the poet Mary Jo Balistreri's first experience, at 9 years old, of music as more than just pleasant sounds.

Stamping Out Perfectionism in Adult Piano Lessons

Stamping Out Perfectionism in Adult Piano Lessons

Students of adult piano lessons can be paralyzed by the thought of striking a wrong note. Catherine Shefski advises on how to stamp out this perfectionism.

Music on Center Stage

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Mozart Fantasia in D Minor Played by Toshiko Nishino

Toshiko Nishino plays the Mozart Fantasia in D Minor in this original video, and explains why it can be difficult to interpret Mozart's music as an adult.

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Bach Inventions and Sinfonias from Simone Dinnerstein

Simone Dinnerstein's new album of Bach Inventions and Sinfonias is inspiring and instructive for adult piano students; here's our review, with audio clips.

Becoming Them: An Article about Piano Music

Becoming Them: An Article about Piano Music

James Wood complains when his father listens to classical records, until the author falls crushingly for Beethoven, in this article about piano music.

Piano Practice Pointers

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Practice Listening with Your Ears

Composer Jay Alan Zimmerman describes how to train yourself in your piano practice to hear the sound of each string, paving the way for advanced technique. »

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Don’t Sit at the Piano Like a Tree Trunk

Amateur pianist Nino Dangadze discusses the Georgian style of playing, useful advice on posture at the piano, and how her piano teacher helped her open up. »

The Forms within Adult Piano Lessons

The Forms within Adult Piano Lessons

Aaron Copland's What to Listen for in Music helps listeners and students of adult piano lessons understand the elements and the fundamental forms of music. »

Hearing Loss and Music

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How to Appreciate Music with a Hearing Loss

Shouting Won't Help author Katherine Bouton, who has serious hearing loss and wears a cochlear implant, on the pain of missing music and new ways to listen.

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Friends with Hearing Loss

Dinner with a fellow musician with hearing loss offers Nancy M. Williams communion and validation, while at the same time forcing her to face her fears.

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Music and Lyricals in Song without Words

Music is the heart of the deaf, says Gerald Shea, after discovering he has been living with a hearing loss for years, in his new memoir, Song without Words.

Other Good Websites for Piano Students

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AmateurPianists

AmateurPianists gives performance opportunities for outstanding amateur pianists.

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Sing For Hope

Sing for Hope’s mission is to make the arts accessible to all and is informed by our belief that the arts have unique power to uplift, unite, and transform individuals and communities.