From Music & Life Parallels

Lessons On Patience From A Full Time Piano Teacher

A lot of people comment on how patient I must be in order to be a piano teacher.   Well. It’s true. You have to be patient to teach any musical instrument. But patience is not a natural thing for me. It took a lot of practice and patience with myself to make this a… natural trait.…

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…

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…

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……