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Adult Piano Student Themes and Issues

Thoughts about the adults I so dearly teach...

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Piano Workout Plus: Left Hand development tips, and how to produce a “Woodpecker” staccato (Videos)

Any neighbor watching me doing my upper body push-ups using the keyboard as leverage would think I was a bit spacey. But I'm quite down to earth in my daily workout routines at the piano. They include applications of weight transfer into the keys; zoned in left hand practice through scale work (and arpeggios) in… Continue reading Piano Workout Plus: Left Hand development tips, and how to produce a “Woodpecker” staccato (Videos)

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Revisiting Bach’s Fugue form (BWV 847 in C minor)

Bach's Fugue in C minor, BWV 847 is analyzed and taught

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What to do in a 90-minute piano lesson? ( A 9-yr. old meets the challenge) Videos

Fritz is a bundle of energy. He comes to his 45-minute lesson each week before soccer practice and has an additional roster of sports activities that keep him in tip- top shape. Into his third year of piano study, his favorite pieces include: "Bear" by Rebikov, which requires a rotation of the Left Hand to… Continue reading What to do in a 90-minute piano lesson? ( A 9-yr. old meets the challenge) Videos

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Launching my new Berkeley Piano Studio! (Video)

Yesterday, a stone's through from Fat Apple's on Martin Luther King Jr. Way, I began my official teaching relationship to Berkeley. It was just weeks after touchdown in the Hopkins neighborhood, a storehouse of delights beckoning me at every corner. I walked myself into the ground with a smile of satisfaction each step of the… Continue reading Launching my new Berkeley Piano Studio! (Video)

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My new home in Berkeley, California

My dreams of living in Berkeley have been fulfilled!

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Teaching “Clowns” by Kabalevsky from the Op. 39 Children’s Pieces (Video)

Kabalevsky's ebullient miniature teaches technique while it satisfies a student's musical appetite.