Adult piano students and teachers

How an Astrophysicist Got to Carnegie Hall

How an Astrophysicist Got to Carnegie Hall

In April, I watched Ria Dawn Carlo, an astrophysicist, perform Lizst’s Un Sospiro at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall. As the 2010 First Prize winner in the Amateur Division of the Bradshaw &... »

Anna Shelest: Building A Repertoire Towards Dreams

Anna Shelest: Building A Repertoire Towards Dreams

Concert pianist and piano teacher Anna Shelest explains her approach to teaching adult piano lessons, both for beginners and students with more experience. »

Osama and Adult Piano Lessons

Photo by Frank Schramm. This past Sunday night, while a group of Navy Seals broke into a compound in a nothern Pakistani city and cornered Osama Bin Laden, I packed for a trip to Washington DC, unawar... »

Leya Evelyn, an Abstract Painter, Takes Adult Piano Lessons

Leya Evelyn, an Abstract Painter, Takes Adult Piano Lessons

In this month’s profile, we meet Leya Evelyn, an abstract painter who has studied classical piano music for most of her life. In an exclusive interview, she shares the effective practice habits she gl... »

Pastorale

Adult Piano Student Strangles Burgmuller’s Pastorale

Here is Burgmuller’s Pastorale, Opus 100, Number 3, performed by yours truly at her adult piano lesson, in all its straightjacketed glory. I recently experienced, in my study of Burgmuller’s Pastorale... »

Students of Adult Piano Lessons: Gerard Colangelo, His Quest for the Piano

Students of Adult Piano Lessons: Gerard Colangelo, His Quest for the Piano

Gerard Colangelo playing an excerpt of Chopin’s Nocturne in E-flat major.  An old favorite, this music he often plays at home for relaxation.  “This is the piece,” he says, “th... »

Students of Adult Piano Lessons: Fraidel Leah Kletter, a Profile in Perseverance

Students of Adult Piano Lessons: Fraidel Leah Kletter, a Profile in Perseverance

I’m pleased to launch the first of my Students of Adult Piano Lessons Profiles, a series which will appear in an ongoing basis in this GRAND PIANO PASSION™ blog.  Our first student of adult pian... »

How piano lessons enriched this writer's life.

My Adult Piano Lessons Took Me Somewhere New: The Piano Enriched my Writing Life

Photo by Frank Schramm. Earlier this week, I authored a guest blog post, When “Write What You Know” Takes You Somewhere New.  The posting explores how my passion for the piano–my adu... »

My Debut of Chopin’s C-sharp Minor Nocturne

My Debut of Chopin’s C-sharp Minor Nocturne

Coiled inside, along with my fear of performing, was the desire to share this music, Chopin's C-sharp Minor Nocturne, about which I felt so passionate. »

Red Light in Adult Piano Lessons

Red Light in Adult Piano Lessons

For Nancy M. Williams, adult piano lessons bring back insecurities linked to a childhood spent with an alcoholic parent, but ultimately help her move on. »

David Dubal on the Piano as a Passion: A Lecture at Steinway & Sons

David Dubal on the Piano as a Passion: A Lecture at Steinway & Sons

On August 18th, David Dubal delivered inspiring words to a group passionate about the piano. The occasion was a lecture held at the Steinway Piano Gallery in Paramus, New Jersey. Dubal—accomplished pi... »

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