Articles by Nancy M. Williams, Founding Editor at Grand Piano Passion™

Nancy M. Williams is an award-winning writer and ardent amateur pianist. She performs in amateur concerts despite a genetic hearing loss, and in 2012 she debuted in recital at Carnegie Hall. She serves on the board of the Hearing Health Foundation.
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Debussy First Arabesque Amplified

Deepen your interpretation of the Debussy First Arabesque with visual aids, tips for playing triplets against eighth notes, and comparisons to Bach's music. »

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Kindred Souls Making Music

Making Music with a Hearing Loss is an inspiring compilation of personal narratives, creative approaches, and kindred souls for musicians with hearing loss. »

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How to Break Bad Habits in Piano Practice

To break bad habits in piano practice, Charles Duhigg suggests first identifying the cue or trigger as well as the reward that your brain is really seeking. »

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Lipreading Mom Wants to Stop Hearing Loss Bullying

Shanna Groves, aka Lipreading Mom, is spearheading a campaign to put an end to bullying that happens all too often to people with hearing loss and deafness. »

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Top 5 on Piano Practice

An adult's piano practice with his daughter, mean teachers, and small upright pianos for cramped apartments are subjects of our recommended reads from June. »

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The Liszt Un Sospiro Amplified

A closer look at the Liszt Un Sospiro reveals patterns in the rolling arpeggios, an Impressionistic quality, and some historical background on the piece. »

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Biking Uphill in Third Gear

After putting off making an appointment with her hearing doctor, Nancy M. Williams reflects on her progressive hearing loss, procrastination and commitment. »

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What Happened When I Forgot My Music

Frazzled after forgetting her sheet music for a planned session at a Sing for Hope Piano in Central Park, Nancy M. Williams switches tacks and finds calm. »

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Piano Gone Missing

A news story about a missing grand piano brings to mind August Wilson's 1990 play The Piano Lesson, about a family's complex relationship with their piano. »

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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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Playing Outside on an Octopus Piano

Sing for Hope Pianos, all over New York in June 2013, gave songwriter Steven Turner the chance to perform his original compositions outside in Central Park. »

The Debussy Clair de Lune Amplified

The Debussy Clair de Lune Amplified

The Debussy Clair de Lune, the most popular movement from Suite Bergamasque, holds poetry, emotional connection, and intriguing rhythms for these pianists. »

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My Secret to Finding a Good Hearing Doctor

The best way to find a good hearing doctor is by word of mouth, but the first step is deciding to be open about hearing loss in the face of social stigma. »

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How to Create Good Habits for Piano Practice

To create good habits for piano practice, start with what Charles Duhigg calls keystone habits: mundane, everyday actions that trigger widespread change. »

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A Frog Hop to the Bach Fugue in C

Stephen Malinowski has created an entirely fresh approach for making Bach's music visual. His videos break down contrapuntal voices into a digestible form. »

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Top 5 on Piano Practice

Did your piano teacher ever draw a star on crutches in your piano practice notebook? This reminiscence from Jeremy Denk in our roundup of best news articles. »

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This Mother’s Day, a Concert Grand Piano

Nancy M. Williams declares rather than flowers or chocolates for Mother's Day, she wants a concert grand piano, in this Sharps and Flats™ humor essay. »

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. »

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Practicing in Performance Mode

Amateur pianist Nancy M. Williams makes the mistake of thinking piano practice with Schubert Sonata in A Major in so-called "performance mode" will be easy. »

Top 5 on Piano Practice

In this roundup of articles for piano practice, Simone Dinnerstein goes piano shopping and Anthony Tommasini posits that Beethoven may have molded Wagner. »

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