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The Perfectionist’s Dilemma

There’s a stereotype of the laid back musician who wakes up at noon everyday, works a laid back job (usually the service industry) and then plays music until 3 in the morning. They’re described as chill and easy going. The snarkier term could be “lazy.”   But this is just a stereotype.   There are…

Do You Have Piano Anxiety?

In high school, my Math grades were the WORST. I could barely pass my classes. I can’t explain why, but for some reason I panicked every time I had to do my Math homework. Of course, that didn’t help things. If someone tried to help me understand something I couldn’t really listen. It was like they…

Craft a Creative Practice Session

WHAT is the biggest hurdle piano students have to overcome? It isn’t reading sixteenth notes and it isn’t playing scales with both hands. It’s developing a good practice. Usually your teacher will tell you to practice, but so many of us forget to tell you how to practice. Don’t be mad at us… it’s just been a long…

Learning to Trust Yourself

“An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail” -Edwin Land   THERE are many parallels between piano practice and self-growth. Fearing the leap between chords in a song prevents you from landing on time if you let the fear overwhelm you. Fear of not landing on time has to do with trusting yourself……