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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, not Netflix, on a Snow Day

Tomorrow, January 27, 2015, is going to be a snow day for most of the Northeast. Why not spend it practicing piano? Join your friends in accumulating some nice hours at the piano. Write in the comments, below, how many … Continue reading

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Thank yous from Summer Sonatina 2014 Scholarship Recipients

For the past couple of summers, we have received wonderful support from adult pianists who wanted to give the gift of piano camp to youngsters who live in Bennington, VT or surrounding towns. This year, the scholarship fund swelled to … Continue reading

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Piano Camp 2014!

The Summer Sonatina International Piano Camp 2014 season is ending tomorrow and I wanted to offer you a snapshot of what went on. What an incredible 35-day journey with young pianists staying between 1 and 5 weeks from Russia, Turkey, … 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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Piano Poem from the mid-70s

Back in the mid-70s, when I was around 15 years old, Mom invited me to play for some of her group piano lessons. I was studying at Juilliard Prep in NYC on Saturdays and had to learn a lot of … Continue reading

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Performance Anxiety!

We’ve all been there. This is the first thing that many of us feel when talking about performance anxiety. It’s a topic that is often avoided because the more it’s talked about, the greater the discomfort and anxiety is felt. … Continue reading

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Music Heals, poco a poco

I believe music heals. As a Mom and classical pianist, I try to balance my daily life to some sort of equilibrium that allows me enough time to, well, breathe. Imagine a day that includes: teaching and practicing piano, chores, … Continue reading

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Practice makes perfect?

My latest tweet in less than 140 key strokes: “Practice makes perfect. Give up this goal. What makes perfect is an attitude about being satisfied with the outcome. Pianists please note.” It’s too stressful to expect a perfect performance. I … Continue reading

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The unusual hazards of playing the piano

Most people don’t realize that playing the piano has its dangers as well as awkward moments. Sometimes its not you, it’s the piano. Perhaps I should title this entry “The unusual hazards of being a pianoist.” (sic intended) Pedals fall … Continue reading

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