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A Good Enough Tempo for a Flute and Piano Duet

After an adult music student agrees to play a flute and piano duet with a friend, insecurities bubble up, especially when she learns of the expected tempo.

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A Piano Teacher Takes Adult Piano Lessons

Piano teacher Matthew Harre felt disenchanted with his piano technique, so he decided to take up piano lessons again under the prominent Alexander Lipsky.

Following Your Passion

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A Vigil for a Beginner Piano Student

Stacy Schwartz, runner and beginner piano student, unexpectedly held her own vigil for the victims of the Boston Marathon explosions at her upright at home.

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Hope for Adult Piano Lessons

An adult piano student considers her music ugly, a holdover from her childhood. Then when looking to buy an antique Steinway, she instead leaves with hope.

Music on Center Stage

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Simone Dinnerstein Plays The Cohen Variations

In this video, Simone Dinnerstein plays The Cohen Variations, a piano solo composed by Daniel Felsenfeld and based on the 1967 Leonard Cohen song “Suzanne.”

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What Happened When I Read Reinventing Bach

To write Reinventing Bach, Paul Elie engaged in a supreme act of listening. In this adult piano student's lessons, the ability to deeply listen eluded her.

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Music to Write By: The Piano Music of Frédéric Chopin

The Chopin Collection boxed set is writer Erika Dreifus's most prized possession, seeing her through novels, short stories, a dissertation—and this article.

Piano Practice Pointers

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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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When You Need a Quiet Piano

After accomplished amateur pianist Ricker Choi received a threatening letter from neighbors about his piano practice, he decided to invest in a quiet piano. »

No Pedal Please: A New Approach in Adult Piano Lessons

No Pedal Please: A New Approach in Adult Piano Lessons

When Nancy M. Williams realized she was overusing the damper pedal to mask other weaknesses in her piano playing, she decided to practice without it. »

Hearing Loss and Music

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My Experience with Sudden Hearing Loss

An experience with sudden hearing loss and tinnitus in one ear affects listening to speech, music and sounds, but provides more of a push to play the piano.

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Hearing Health Affirmations from a Violist

Wendy Cheng, a violist with cochlear implants in both ears, states her affirmations, positive statements to enhance hearing health.

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Broadway’s Beethoven Composes Despite Hearing Loss

Known as Broadway's Beethoven, Jay Alan Zimmerman still composes despite having a profound hearing loss that leaves him deaf to all sounds above middle C.

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.