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Piano Technique and Theory

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Piano Keys: Theory, History, and Secrets Unlocked

Learn the history of how our modern piano keys came to be, and what they represent, from sound frequencies and mathematical relationships to music theory.

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My Left Hand

Bass clef and left hand notes don't come easily, but this amateur pianist finds that understanding chord progressions is the first step toward improvement.

Healing Hearing Loss

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Hearing Health Affirmations from a Singer

Hearing health for the hard of hearing can be strengthened by affirmations. A mezzo-soprano singer with conductive hearing loss makes positive statements.

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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.

How to Practice Piano

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Where’s the Finish Line?

Practicing the first movement of Mozart’s Piano Sonata in G Major, an adult piano student wonders when she’ll be able to say she’s finished with the piece.

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Practice Listening with Your Memory

Practice listening using your auditory memory, recreating melodies and harmonies in your mind, to enhance your piano playing, suggests Jay Alan Zimmerman.

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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.

Back to Piano Practice

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Paying Attention at a Classical Piano Performance

An adult piano student admits she doesn't know how to listen attentively at a classical piano concert. She embarks on an experiment with Beethoven Sonatas. »

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Bringing Joni Mitchell into a Chopin Nocturne

An impromptu sing-along to Joni Mitchell helps this classical piano student find voice, emotion and fluidity when practicing the Chopin Nocturne in E Minor. »

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Ditching Debussy for the Day

Practicing the Debussy Clair de Lune just doesn't fit one day, so although this piano student only has an hour to play, she sight-reads a new piece instead. »

Piano Teachers

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Simone Dinnerstein’s Insights for Adult Piano Students

Concert pianist Simone Dinnerstein, who used to teach adult piano lessons, offers valuable tips for musical interpretation in an open, inspiring interview.

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A Fly on the Wall at an Adult Piano Lesson

This video of an adult piano lesson and interview with Cosmo Buono provides tips on finding your own musical interpretation and remembering to be grateful.

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Accessible Piano Repertoire from Latin America

An interview with creators of Piano Accents: Latin America, accessible piano repertoire minus the cute pictures, a good choice for advanced beginner adults.

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.