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The Practice Plan

Adult piano students, your practice plan ideally includes the following items: Technique. This should include scales/chords/arpeggios. ...

Mise en Place at the Piano

Let's begin our series on practice suggestions for the adult learner by preparing the piano practice space. Mise en place (French...

What They Don't Tell You

First of all, let's give a shout out to everybody who's taking time in life to practice the piano and fill the world with good music...

Jess Just Wants to Play Piano

“I just want to play the piano!” Jess exclaimed. “I’m tired of putting everyone else first and sacrificing myself.” “I just want to play...

Sacred Spaces

I always believed that I could practice the piano anywhere:  as a girl, in the middle of my parent’s home, after dinner, quietly, while...

Lessons from the Road

Christmas, MI I’ve been traveling virtually with Patty and Paul in the RV the last couple of weeks. Tomorrow we’ll reach our next...

Start With Your Words

Pronouncements abound here. “I can’t do this” is a truly ubiquitous remark. Yes, of course you can’t do this. That’s why we’re here. ...

Tough Lessons

While living in College Station, Texas, in 1989, I studied with a teacher by the name of George Rutherford, student of famed pianist Abby...

Alan's Lesson

Alan wasted no time in declining my invitation to join our piano evening at the Belfry. I chalked this up to his being a newbie and let...

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