From Focus

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……

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…

The Self Taught Pianist

“I’M SELF TAUGHT” or “I’m untrained” or “I never had formal lessons” and of course “I had a few lessons once, but I’m mostly self-taught.” That last one describes me. I’m sure if you’re reading this, you’ve probably said one of these statements before. There are many self-starters in the music world.   I remember…