Category Archives: Sonata

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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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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My Piano Pedigree: in honor of all my teachers

  With the advent of the academic year fast upon us, I have been thinking of all of the pianists who have shaped my musical life. I want to honor them for all they’ve given me, even if their role … Continue reading

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Take the Piano Plunge!

So many people are intimidated by performing that I wanted to put out a challenge to put yourself out there. Currently, there’s a “game” on FaceBook that invites you to challenge your friends to jump into icy waters, also known … Continue reading

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Ruth Laredo plays Rachmaninoff with Polly

I’ve been doing lots of cleaning and renovations on the house and stumbled upon a number of photographs that I had forgotten about. A very special one needs to be shared. Back in 1981, I was lucky to be asked … Continue reading

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Sonata Musings and Sonatina links

January Sonata Piano Camp ended yesterday and I’m already missing everyone. What a great group! Despite the cold weather, we all remained cozy inside, playing lots of piano. There were 6 newbies in this group and it was so much … Continue reading

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10,000 HOURS of PIANO PRACTICE CHALLENGE

Note…this post has been edited for clarification. 10,000 HOURS of PIANO PRACTICE CHALLENGE (in one weekend) Here’s a fun practice challenge for all pianists. We all need a little inspiration, at times. You may even be able to win a … Continue reading

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