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How Do You Choose Repertoire for Your Adult Students?

"I'm too old to play pieces I don't like," said Heather at one of our first lessons. Heather is a retired Professor in Romance Languages and Literatures, as well as an expert on the composer Schubert. It's no surprise that her repertoire is steeped in Schubert's music. She loves it that way, and so do I. It's not always this easy picking reper...
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The trapeziectomy diaries: Part two

The trapeziometacarpal joint, also called the "trapezium," is at the base of the thumb. Osteoarthritis, a well-known condition suffered by many adults, affects the trapezium in some people. Sufferers experience pain, stiffness, and weakness in the thumb joint. This is particularly troublesome when the sufferer is a pianist.  Luckily, there are...
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Is there a piano in the house? (What I did on my summer vacation)

Can  you imagine spending ten glorious  days in a stunning country setting,   surrounded by good food, good com pany , and thirty pianos? Many pianists have done just that by attending the Sonata camp, held in an antique-filled forty-two-room  house set on two luscious acres of rolling hills in rural Vermont. The Sonata cam...
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What keeps me coming back to piano study? The views of two adult students

 "You were made and set here to give voice to this, your own astonishment."  -from  ​The Writing Life ​ by Annie Dillard  Mark sent me this quote, which I saved in my "Mark File." Everyone should have a "Mark File" - a collection of thoughts and beliefs that keep you passionate about teaching. Mark also shared with me two videos...
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How Do You Begin an Adult Who Has Had No Previous Music Study?

Increasing numbers of adults taking piano lessons didn't just happen overnight. Teachers have been observing that their percentage of adult students has risen steadily through the past decade. Publishers have responded to this change in the marketplace by publishing a diverse array of materials written specifically for adult beginners.  A rela...
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Why Is Playing the Piano Beneficial for Adults With Arthritis?

We are fortunate to have this question answered by two writers who are extremely knowledgeable about arthritis. Charlotte Frazier is a Registered Music Therapist (RMT) who has experience teaching piano to adults with arthritis. Scott Zashin is an MD who stays informed about the most current treatments of arthritis through his position as editor of ...
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