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Piano for adult piano students

Hope for Adult Piano Lessons

An adult piano student considers her music ugly, a holdover from her childhood. Then when looking to buy an antique Steinway, she instead leaves with hope. »

Pianists Show Up in the Most Unexpected Places

Pianists Show Up in the Most Unexpected Places

Sophia Efthimiatou stops at an eyebrow salon and is treated to live classical piano music: the salon's owner has two pianos and practices two hours a day. »

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... »

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Feeling Is First in the Chopin Nocturne in C-sharp Minor

Playing pieces like the Chopin Nocturne in C-sharp Minor has allowed Nancy M. Williams to express those feelings that were prohibited during her childhood. »

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... »

To Buy a Piano: A Cherry Steinway’s Soul

To Buy a Piano: A Cherry Steinway’s Soul

I stepped into the foyer of an SoHo apartment in Manhattan. On the opposite wall hung an abstract oil painting of a nude, her body contorted and sectioned. At the smell of alcohol lingering in the air... »

Why this Student of Adult Piano Lessons Wished for a Chinese Father but Became a Western Mother

Why this Student of Adult Piano Lessons Wished for a Chinese Father but Became a Western Mother

Somewhat eerily timed with the Chinese mother debate, my daughter, Mena, and I had a piano recital this past Saturday.  Rather than performing at Carnegie Hall, where Chua’s daughter Sophia play... »

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. »

The Yogic Om and Adult Piano Lessons

The Yogic Om and Adult Piano Lessons

Earlier this week at yoga, I received an unexpected confirmation of the progress I’ve made in my adult piano lessons. At the Thursday night Be-evolution class, the brainchild of Jagadisha, our s... »

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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