Best books for piano practice

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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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Playing Scared: Getting Over Stage Fright

An adult pianist who suffered from stage fright since childhood, Sara Solovitch, author of Playing Scared, decides to take her performance anxiety head on. »

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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. »

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What Happened When I Read Reinventing Bach

To write Reinventing Bach, Paul Elie engaged in a supreme act of listening. In this adult piano student's lessons, the ability to deeply listen eluded her. »

The Revelation of Rosalyn Tureck Playing Bach

The Revelation of Rosalyn Tureck Playing Bach

think . . . you are going to Washington Wednesday the 17th,” Elizabeth Bishop wrote to Robert Lowell, one poet to another. “—if not I was going to ask you if you’d like to go to a Bach concert Wed. ni... »

One of the Best Biographies with Classical Piano Music

One of the Best Biographies with Classical Piano Music

n February of 1854, on a cold and rainy morning, the composer Robert Schumann slipped from his Dusseldorf apartment wearing a dressing gown. Plagued by incessant music and goading voices inside his he... »

Composer Notes: The Schumanns’ Dual-Career Marriage

Composer Notes: The Schumanns’ Dual-Career Marriage

Popular media, such as the movie Spring Symphony, emphasize that once Clara Wieck married Robert Schumann, her career as a concert pianist fell by the wayside. Clara’s new roles as wife and mother—the... »

In Classical Piano Music, Everything Old Is New Again

In Classical Piano Music, Everything Old Is New Again

Stuart Isacoff—performer, teacher, and critic—is out with a new book, A NATURAL HISTORY OF THE PIANO: THE INSTRUMENT, THE MUSIC, THE MUSICIANS–FROM MOZART TO MODERN JAZZ AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEE... »

Self-Discovery in Adult Piano Lessons

Self-Discovery in Adult Piano Lessons

During a performance of the luscious Arietta from Beethoven’s Opus 111 Sonata, the concert pianist Seymour Bernstein made the mistake of opening his eyes. Usually the Arietta transported him to such a... »

The Forms within Adult Piano Lessons

The Forms within Adult Piano Lessons

Aaron Copland's What to Listen for in Music helps listeners and students of adult piano lessons understand the elements and the fundamental forms of music. »

Aspiration for Students of Adult Piano Lessons

Aspiration for Students of Adult Piano Lessons

My June selection, The Classical Musician Today: Getting and Keeping the Career You Want, is a recent release by two veterans of the classical music industry, Barry Alexander and Cosmo Buono. The book... »

Placing Debussy into Context for This Student of Adult Piano Lessons

Placing Debussy into Context for This Student of Adult Piano Lessons

A compelling read for adult piano students, The Life of Debussy by Roger Nichols captures the complexity of the composer’s personality and musical journey. »

New Discoveries: Listen to This

New Discoveries: Listen to This

A student of adult piano lessons expands her horizons and finds out what Schubert and Radiohead have in common while reading Listen to This by Alex Ross. »

Chopin: Pianist and Teacher – Valuable Read for Students of Adult Piano Lessons

Chopin: Pianist and Teacher – Valuable Read for Students of Adult Piano Lessons

It seems to me that you don’t dare to express yourself as you feel.  Be bolder, let yourself go more.  Imagine you’re at the Conservatoire, listening to the most beautiful performance in the world.  M... »