Piano theory, practice and technique

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Visualization for Carnegie Hall

After walking the spiritual Labyrinth at church, Nancy M. Williams comes up with a visualization strategy for her upcoming piano recital at Carnegie Hall. »

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. »

Adult Piano Lessons in a Time-Starved World

Adult Piano Lessons in a Time-Starved World

Enrolled in adult piano lessons, a busy working professional and single mother of two wonders how artists find time to practice, and engage in creativity. »

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Rushing Haydn in Adult Piano Lessons

After flying through life, an adult piano student learns that practicing slowly is the only way to really learn and understand a difficult Haydn movement. »

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... »

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Rethinking Adult Piano Lessons with Mozart

Gorden Cheng, who won an amateur piano competition playing a Mozart sonata, explains why Mozart can be more difficult to master than Liszt or Rachmaninoff. »

Glenn performs a selection from his own arrangement of a Johann Strauss Waltz Medley, at the AmateurPianists San Diego recital in May 2012.

An Amateur Pianist Creates a Concert Series

In the video, exclusive for GRAND PIANO PASSION™ Glenn performs a selection from his own arrangement of a Johann Strauss Waltz Medley, at the AmateurPianists San Diego recital in May 2012.  The video ... »

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When Your Piano Teacher Doesn’t Fit

Piano teacher Dr. Gail Fischler talks about her varied experiences with piano teachers and teaching styles during her own adult piano lessons in the past. »

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Bottoms-Up with Sight-Reading

Sight-reading classical piano music isn't easy, but one adult piano student offers tips for improving your skills, such as reading the bass line first. »

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... »

Practicing Classical Piano Music in Your Mind

Practicing Classical Piano Music in Your Mind

Struggling to learn the melody of a Chopin Nocturne, Nancy M. Williams finds running through the piece in her mind is as productive as sitting at the piano. »

Lowered Shoulders: When Piano Technique Spreads Out to Life

After Nancy M. Williams' piano teacher urged her to relax her shoulders while playing, her quest for this piano technique led to understanding of her past. »

Ricker Choi plays Liszt's Totentanz

How to Perform a Piano Concerto

Ricker Choi performed a Liszt piano concerto with an orchestra for an amateur piano competition, and he offers his insider's perspective in this interview. »

A Dress Rehearsal for a New Year’s Performance

A Dress Rehearsal for a New Year’s Performance

Nancy M. Williams uses an upcoming performance as a reason to finally share classical piano music with friends, inviting them to a holiday dress rehearsal. »

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... »

Ricker Choi's on playing the quiet piano.

When You Need a Quiet Piano

After accomplished amateur pianist Ricker Choi received a threatening letter from neighbors about his piano practice, he decided to invest in a quiet piano. »

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When Your Piano Teacher Is a Composer

Having Seymour Bernstein, the composer of New Pictures at an Exhibition, as a piano teacher got Mark Cannon interested in more modern classical piano music. »

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A Grand Match for Adult Piano Lessons

Photo by Frank Schramm. In my life I have bought two pianos. With my virgin purchase, I acquiesced to an arranged marriage of sorts and ended up with a piano that I liked but did not adore. Five years... »

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Ensembles and Adult Piano Lessons

Alberto De Salas believes that playing in an ensemble is crucial to a pianist’s development. The founder of the Amateur Classical Musicians Association (ACMA), Alberto performed an Ástor Piazzolla pie... »

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Giving Back at the Cadillac Hotel

Ria Carlo, a recording pianist, decides to give back by playing a free concert in the Tenderloin district, and finds an enthusiastic, appreciative audience. »

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