Monthly Archives: March 2012

The Golden Age of Piano Teaching

It’s fairly well-known in piano teaching circles that Liszt and Clara Schumann made fashionable the practice of performing from memory. Many students have cursed them for this. What’s not so well known is that Beethoven and Chopin – two great … Continue reading

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Charlotte and Jonathan

Here’s another feel-good story from Britain’s Got Talent – an unexpectedly good voice from  someone who is judged by his looks. I’ve just watched it 3 times and teared up each time. This duo deserves the response they got.

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Do You Have the Nerve?

So you want to write a fugue.You got the urge to write a fugue.                                                     … Continue reading

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Conversation Stopper

At the beginning of my 15-year-old daughter’s piano lesson yesterday (yes, I’m the teacher) I showed her the book I picked up on pedaling last week – quite excitedly, for I’m anxious to fill in some of the gaps in … Continue reading

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New on my Bookshelf

Last week I aquired a few more books to add to my collection of Books-Waiting-to-be-Read. I loved The Virtuosi by Harold Schonberg and ordered his The Lives of the Great Composers, and The Great Pianists. He brings history and peope to … Continue reading

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Seasons – by Teresa Richert

Youtube is a fabulous source of many great recordings of many classical works and I encourage my students to look for recordings of their pieces. If I haven’t had the time to search for specific videos, I tell them to … Continue reading

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Beautiful Piano

The Piano Guys continue to produce wonderful videos of creative arrangements of different styles of music. What struck me about this latest video is the gorgeous, rich sound of the Yamaha grand. It’s a beautiful piano, beautifully played. The tune … Continue reading

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Musings about Chopin: The Scherzi

I’m making some progress in my Chopin Sight-Reading project. From the outset, I decided to read through what I already own, and maybe download the odd piece that I don’t own, except for the Polonaises; I seem to have some … Continue reading

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Do what you love (for 63 years!!)…

Originally posted on Live & Learn:
My post from earlier in the month “Do What You Love” was Freshly Pressed by WordPress on Thursday.  In less than 5 days, the post has had 4076 hits, 214 comments and we’re still counting.  The topic…

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Running: Lessons from the Music Studio

I started running regularly ten years ago. I don’t do marathons or even half-marathons, I don’t belong to any organized group, I run alone, and I’ve never participated in any sort of race or run, for charity or otherwise. I … Continue reading

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Technique Plan

I remember hearing Edward Parker, author of Piano Pedagogy: A Practical Approach, say the following at a workshop a few years ago: “The only thing worse than a bad technique plan is no plan at all.” For the first few … Continue reading

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Double the Nerves

Sometimes my roles of teacher and parent merge in a competition or other public performance or exam situation. Although I’m better at handling this than I was ten years ago, my stomach still ends up in quite the knot.

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