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Achieving Goals at 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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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.

Musicians with Hearing Loss

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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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Top 5 Tips for Wearing Hearing Aids and Making Music

Get the top 5 tips for playing a musical instrument while wearing hearing aids, in this exclusive interview with an amateur pianist who has a hearing loss.

Finding a Piano Teacher

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How to Find a Good Piano Teacher: Making the Decision

In this final article on how to find a good piano teacher, I describe how to make your decision after you take trial lessons from a short list of teachers.

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How to Find a Good Piano Teacher: Taking Trial Lessons

This second of three articles on how to find a piano teacher describes how to take trial lessons, from setting them up to evaluating the fit with teachers.

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How to Find a Good Piano Teacher: Getting Started

To get started finding a piano teacher for adult piano lessons, first establish your teacher's desired characteristics and then network to find candidates.

Sharps and Flats: Music Humor

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Top 10 Warning Signs You May Be a Piano Nerd

An adult piano student has detected an unintended consequence of her passion for piano: becoming a piano nerd. Here's a list of the top 10 warning signs. »

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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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My Teacher Made Me Practice… DURING My Lesson

Nancy M. Williams saw adult piano lessons as a time to show off her progress; humiliation set in when her teacher made her practice right in front of him. »

Best Books and Documentaries on Hearing Loss

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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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Films Exploring Music, Hearing Loss, and Disabilities

Musicians with hearing loss, a blind pianist, and a singer with developmental disabilities are stars of ReelAbilities, a disabilities-themed film festival.

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Music’s Architecture after Sudden Hearing Loss

After sudden hearing loss in one ear, listening to music is a painful chore for Nick Coleman, who once experienced music as three-dimensional architecture.

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An online oasis of articles, essays, and original videos for studying the piano as an adult, making music despite hearing loss, and claiming your passion, whatever it may be.

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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.