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Why I Stopped Obsessing About Practice… and How It Helped Me

If you want to improve at anything, you MUST work at it.    That is an absolute truth. And I definitely believe that you should work super crazy hard to achieve your dreams. And if one of those dreams is playing the piano, then you cannot avoid practice.    When I was a high school student, I coasted…

9 Ways Playing Piano Helps With Self-Growth

When I’m teaching piano lessons, I always catch myself saying something in relation to music that I realize could also be applied to life. I often use the analogy of transitions in music being similar to transitions in life. Music students have to learn how to be graceful about it which can be tough. It…

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……

What is the Adult Piano Student’s Greatest Obstacle?

TIME. That’s all.   After 10 years of teaching both children and adults, I can confidently tell you it simply isn’t true when people say adults can’t learn to play piano. I’ve taught lots of adults to play and in fact, they tend to learn much faster than children! With their long history of learning, adult brains…