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Piano Keys: Theory, History, and Secrets Unlocked

Learn the history of how our modern piano keys came to be, and what they represent, from sound frequencies and mathematical relationships to music theory.

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A Frog Hop to the Bach Fugue in C

Stephen Malinowski has created an entirely fresh approach for making Bach's music visual. His videos break down contrapuntal voices into a digestible form.

Finding Time to Practice

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Piano Practice Diary of a New Parent

A new parent discovers unexpected ways to practice the piano and work on her musicality alongside the demands of caring for the tiniest member of the family...

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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.

Best Poems and Short Fiction on Piano

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The Piano Speaks, a Poem

In this poem bursting with nature imagery, Sandra Beasley channels the perspective of an old piano that is woken back to life by a master like Erik Satie.

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Thanking My Mother for Piano Lessons

In this poem for her mother, Diane Wakoski expresses gratitude for her childhood piano lessons that provided a respite from the ugliness of life.

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Seeking Expert Piano Tuner

In this piece of short creative nonfiction, the author’s out-of-tune piano brings up everything from the elephants’ ivory to her current family dynamics.

Living with Cochlear Implants

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Memory, Music, and the Cochlear Implant

A former amateur musician with total hearing loss decided to get a cochlear implant; efforts to hear music again are intertwined with her auditory memory. »

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Music On My Mind

Cochlear implants plus auditory memory restored music to Barbara Chertok, who studied voice and piano before sudden hearing loss in her twenties. »

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How to Appreciate Music with a Hearing Loss

Shouting Won't Help author Katherine Bouton, who has serious hearing loss and wears a cochlear implant, on the pain of missing music and new ways to listen. »

Guidance from Simone Dinnerstein

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The Making of The Cohen Variations

Pianist Simone Dinnerstein and composer Daniel Felsenfeld discuss the making of The Cohen Variations, with its inner voices and counterpoint, in this video.

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Simone Dinnerstein Plays The Cohen Variations

In this video, Simone Dinnerstein plays The Cohen Variations, a piano solo composed by Daniel Felsenfeld and based on the 1967 Leonard Cohen song “Suzanne.”

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Simone Dinnerstein for Piano Students of All Ages

Simone Dinnerstein touches on inner voices and Bach Prelude in C Major in this video interview of pointers and inspiration for piano students of all ages.

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An online oasis of articles, essays, and original videos for studying the piano as an adult, making music despite hearing loss, and claiming your passion, whatever it may be.

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Other Good Websites for Piano Students

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AmateurPianists

AmateurPianists gives performance opportunities for outstanding amateur pianists.

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Sing For Hope

Sing for Hope’s mission is to make the arts accessible to all and is informed by our belief that the arts have unique power to uplift, unite, and transform individuals and communities.