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Judy, Seymour, and Ludwig

It was no surprise that Judy, one of my adult piano students came to her lesson yesterday gushing about Seymour: An Introduction. And naturally, in the nick of time, I grabbed my super-charged, helium packed iPhone and added the latest … Continue reading

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Piano Study: Tempo shifts from Childhood to Adulthood

Turning back the clock to my early years as a piano student, I regarded ANDANTE as the slowest tempo marking in the musical universe. So did all my friends who foot dragged their pedal and stumbled through the doldrums of … Continue reading

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The Most Heavenly Piano Music?

Mozart’s Theme from his A Major Sonata, K. 331, and Beethoven’s Adagio from the Sonata “Pathetique,” Op. 13, for me, have two of the most hauntingly beautiful melodies in the piano literature. In particular, Mozart’s opening theme that threads through … Continue reading

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The Piano Repertoire: Does making fingering/hand adjustments constitute a “swindle?”

Seymour Bernstein, author of With Your Own Two Hands, remarked that “Chopin wrote out an outline for an intended method of teaching piano. And when he died he left it to Charles Alkan who never finished it. Wouldn’t you think … Continue reading

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My New York City High School of Performing Arts (FAME) Yearbook and what I found

I wonder how many P.A. grads still have the emblematic school pin? I just recovered mine among other memorabilia contained in a big cardboard box sent from New York City. And as I perused various Dance, Music and Drama Programs, … Continue reading

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Rina, 4, proves that the best teacher is the playground (15 weeks of piano lessons completed) Videos

Rina has had three romps on my staircase, of which I’m fortunate to have as a playground substitute. Like most children in her age group, she has an abundance of kinesthetic energy waiting to be channeled creatively, if a teacher … Continue reading

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Piano Lesson: Rina, 4, learns “Frere Jacques” in steps (using my staircase) Video

To spice up and vary today’s lesson, I had Rina transfer her stair climbing to hands-on piano exploration. She already knew her 7-letter music alphabet and had followed flashcards with note names placed consecutively on each step in three previous … Continue reading

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