Adult piano students and teachers

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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. »

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My Clacking Shoe

While performing Debussy at a recital, this adult piano student faced performance anxiety, her foot shaking on the pedal and making an embarrassing noise. »

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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. »

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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. »

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Putting the Piano at the Center of My Life

Twenty-something Priscilla Rodgers felt like a failure until she decided to reclaim her passion by enrolling in piano lessons, while pursuing a new career. »

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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. »

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Mozart Fantasia in D Minor Played by Toshiko Nishino

Toshiko Nishino plays the Mozart Fantasia in D Minor in this original video, and explains why it can be difficult to interpret Mozart's music as an adult. »

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Poulenc’s Novelette No. 1 Played by Shirley Gruenhut

Shirley Gruenhut plays Poulenc Novelette No. 1 and discusses the composer's use of harmony, the underrated key of C major, and the imagery the music evokes. »

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How to Memorize Piano Music, With 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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Schumann’s Album for the Young No. 30 Played by Nancy M. Williams

Amateur pianist Nancy M. Williams plays Schumann's Album for the Young 30, one of the lesser-known, difficult pieces at the back of the book, in this video. »

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My First Year Back

Having recently returned to piano practice, Joanna Eng delves into the history of her childhood lessons and what she missed most during her 10-year hiatus. »

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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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Joyce Morton Plays Beethoven’s Appassionata, Second Movement

In relearning the second movement of Beethoven's Appassionata, Joyce Morton practices fluid motions, and relates to the composer's progressive hearing loss. »

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Musical Mirages

While on a beach vacation, this adult beginner piano student missed piano practice so much that she began to see mirages of the piano and music everywhere. »

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Alberto De Salas Plays Bernstein’s Suite from West Side Story

Performing Leonard Bernstein's Suite from West Side Story taught Alberto De Salas about the power of silence, and helped him grow as an ensemble musician. »

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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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Goodbye, Dear Yamaha

After hastily selling her Yamaha piano, Robin Sloane Seibert felt like she had lost a friend, even though the upright had a faulty action and wiggling keys. »

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Shirley Gruenhut Plays the Bach French Suite No. 5

You can hear the thump-thump on the dance floor, says Shirley Gruenhut of Bach French Suite No.5, which she plays on video and discusses in this guest post. »

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Nancy M. Williams Plays the Chopin Raindrop Prelude

In this video, Nancy M. Williams plays the Chopin Raindrop Prelude in recital at Carnegie Hall—a challenge after a 25-year hiatus from practicing piano. »

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Robin Sloane Seibert Plays Beethoven Bagatelle No. 2

Robin Sloane Seibert plays the Beethoven Bagatelle No. 2 and discovers the joy of crossing hands and the challenge of playing triplets against eighth notes. »

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