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The Joy of Teaching Piano to Young Children (Videos)

Starting a very young child on a musical journey is joyful, exciting and challenging. The first baby steps taken at the piano will be memorable for both teacher and student, so careful thought and preparation are needed. At the very … Continue reading

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Piano Instruction: Favorite Children’s Pieces (Video)

I’ve highlighted three favorite children’s pieces by Dimitri Kabalevsky and Robert Schumann that are very catchy, colorful and harmonically engaging. They fall into the category of programmatic music because the character of the compositions match the titles. Even though Schumann … Continue reading

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After the Fall

It was easy to predict that I would have violated my own ban on making more you tubes. My cold turkey withdrawal was just an overnight phenomenon eclipsed by my hankering to tweak the tripod, move the camera in all … Continue reading

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A Day in El Cerrito and my return to Fresno

To El Cerrito and back, and what happens in between, in greater detail. Continue reading

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Musings of a Piano Teacher

My journey as a piano teacher from California’s Central Valley to the East Bay, and what happened before, in a distant place like New York City. Continue reading

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