Articles by Joanna M. Eng, Contributing Editor at Grand Piano Passion™

Joanna Eng is a New York-based freelance writer and editor who has enjoyed playing piano since age six.

Piano Practice Diary of a New Parent

A new parent discovers unexpected ways to practice the piano and work on her musicality alongside the demands of caring for the tiniest member of the family. »


Decode Fast Music with This App

The Amazing Slow Downer app lets you change the tempo or pitch of any piano recording, opening up a host of creative solutions for practicing and listening. »


Finding a Community of Musicians with Hearing Loss

Pianist Jennifer Castellano talks about performing with other musicians with hearing loss, how her visual impairment comes into play, and why she composes. »


Best Piano Apps for Adult Students

In-depth research and testing found these piano apps to be the most helpful for amateur pianists and adult piano students to add to their practice routines. »


Stop Wasting Time at the Piano

How do you make yourself get real work done during piano practice sessions? The Music Journal app helps with time tracking, goal setting, and motivation. »


Fitting Serious Practice Time into a Busy Life

Get piano practice tips from an award-winning amateur pianist who balances a full-time business career with high-level performances, including concertos. »


Internalize Tricky Rhythms with a Tapping App

The Rhythm Lab iPad app helps piano students learn challenging rhythms, offering a practice tool to focus on the timing of notes without the actual melody. »


Learn to Sight-Read with a Disappearing-Score App

To improve your piano sight-reading skills, the Read Ahead iPad app makes you look to the next measure in the score, not allowing you to dwell on mistakes. »


Classical Piano Study—via the iPad

Short of memorizing your whole repertoire—or a personal piano-butler to turn pages—the forScore iPad app is one of the best solutions for amateur musicians. »


Listening App Meludia Teaches Music Theory Intuitively

Teaching through intuition rather than music theory jargon, the online music-learning app Meludia helps classical musicians deepen their listening skills. »


Best of 2015: Building a Grand Piano, Stage Fright, Trills, and More

Our top posts of 2015 for piano students of all ages: studying Bach and Chopin, playing trills, confronting stage fright, rebuilding a grand piano, and more. »


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. »


Amateurs and Professionals Perform Together in New York

A concert in New York City will showcase a mix of amateur and professional pianists and singers who all have one thing in common: their passion for music. »


Best of 2014: Pianists with Hearing Loss, Listening to Music with Cochlear Implants, and More

Our top 5 articles of 2014 on music and hearing loss: playing piano with hearing aids, listening with cochlear implants, using auditory memory, and more. »


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. »


Women Composers Celebrated in Classical Piano Recital

AmateurPianists organized a recital featuring piano works by all women composers during Women's History Month. Amateur performers share what they learned. »


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. »


Relearning to Hear Melodies

Empowering principles to live by for people with hearing loss, by Pat Dobbs, a pianist relearning to enjoy music with a cochlear implant. »


Happy Fingers: An Oscar Winner

After playing piano for a century, Holocaust survivor Alice Herz-Sommer looks back on her life in the Oscar-winning short documentary The Lady in Number 6. »


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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