Author Archives: Polly van der Linde

About Polly van der Linde

Pianist, teacher, director of International Piano Camps in VT, for adults and children of all levels of ability

Piano Roles

  I chose this title for my blog because of all the roles I have played inside and outside of this home that houses so many pianos and has had so many stories associated with it. It begs the following … Continue reading

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Sonatina to Intermezzo

Several weeks ago I received an email from a Francis Ricci, inquiring about the Intermezzo Piano Camps that we offer. These are 5-day immersive camps for adults, the shorter version of our very popular 10-day Sonata Piano Camps. I wrote … Continue reading

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Summer Sonatina International Piano Camp Op. 49

We have 57 days until we open up our 49th season of Summer Sonatina International Piano Camp. What kind of preparations have been done so far? We’ve hired a staff of 48 faculty, junior faculty, junior counselors, and staff to … Continue reading

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The Amateur vs. The Professional

I haven’t posted on my blog in a long time. Part of the reason is I tend to be a perfectionist and don’t trust my own writing skills. Carry that over into my piano life and I might as well … Continue reading

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48th year of Summer Sonatina International Piano Camp

Summer Sonatina International Piano Camp is embarking on its 48th season. Learn more, here Continue reading

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Piano at Madison’s Brewery

Two nights ago I brought my son down to Madison’s Brewery in downtown Bennington, Vermont, to celebrate yet another college acceptance letter. Despite my son’s unplanned green shirt, I had neglected to remember that it was St. Patrick’s Day. We were escorted … Continue reading

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Blue Skies

An amateur adult online piano student of mine had his scheduled lesson the other day and told me that he was practicing his piece very slowly (so as to get it right) while the plumber was working on some dripping pipes. … Continue reading

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Just do it

I haven’t posted in a long time. I’m guilty of feeling like I have to prove something with every post or that longer posts are more engaging. Rather than worry about content, I’m going to try and post short quips … Continue reading

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I can do this!

Here’s the best-ever visual of a Sonata Piano Camper performing during the March Sonata marathon concert. Carrying a sign like this over her shoulders poked at her great sense of humor and allowed her to play well! Once you’re up on … Continue reading

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Founder, teacher, mentor, mother

A couple of days ago most children, whether young or adult, honored their mothers. It’s a special day that allows us to express what we sometimes don’t do on any given day. I suppose that’s why my own mother prefers … Continue reading

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