Achieving goals at the piano

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Power Poses for Piano Practice

Learn how to use power poses, posture, and other bodily strategies to take on the challenges of piano practice, through applying principles from Amy Cuddy. »

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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. »

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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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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. »

Five Reasons to Play Not Just at the Piano

If you are serious about learning to play piano, make time for piano practice but also take time for play away from the piano, advises Emma Seppala, PhD. »

Stamping Out Perfectionism in Adult Piano Lessons

Students of adult piano lessons can be paralyzed by the thought of striking a wrong note. Catherine Shefski advises on how to stamp out this perfectionism. »

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A Piano Teacher Reclaims the Piano

After a long hiatus from the piano, teacher Catherine Shefski resolved to find her way back by recording classical piano music, one piece a week for a year. »

2013 New Year’s Resolutions pour le Piano

2013 New Year’s Resolutions pour le Piano

For 2013, I am making five important New Year’s resolutions for my piano study. 1) Concentrate on studying with my new piano teacher. During the late autumn of 2012, I embarked on a two-month se... »

A Reckoning of My 2012 New Year’s Resolutions

A Reckoning of My 2012 New Year’s Resolutions

One of my top goals for 2012 on the piano was not to forget the rapture.  As the first step in setting my 2013 New Year’s resolutions for the piano, I have examined how well I did meeting this N... »

Expression Is the Need of My Soul

Expression Is the Need of My Soul

Embracing imperfection, finding courage, and stating clear goals are just some of the keys to unlocking creative expression through practicing the piano. »

New Year’s Resolutions for Adult Piano Lessons

New Year’s Resolutions for Adult Piano Lessons

Happy New Year to new readers and faithful regulars.  The year 2012 is as of yet unblemished by missed practice sessions and full of potential for new classical piano music repertoire.  I’ve don... »

How Affirmations Help this Student of Adult Piano Lessons Achieve Her Goals

How Affirmations Help this Student of Adult Piano Lessons Achieve Her Goals

t least twice a week, I tear myself away from my writing, scoot out of my study, and stride down the sidewalk away from my house. I have a cell phone pressed to my ear, but there is no call.  My iPhon... »