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What your strict piano teacher might be missing

All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself. — J.S. Bach

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Three unconvincing reasons not to use a metronome

I am tempted to say that if you don't use a metronome regularly in your practicing You're Doing it Wrong, but I'm sure that would be unfair.

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Why you think piano is hard

Here’s a challenge for you: can you just let go of your difficulties?

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Interpreting poems

As someone who plays a lot of art songs, I am constantly faced with issues of poetic interpretation. Is there a right or wrong interpretation of a poem? What would it mean for an interpretation to be right or wrong?

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Why musicians should have opinions

As artists, should we always have opinions? Why do some people have opinions and some don't? Should everyone have an opinion, or should we leave opinions to those who have enough knowledge and evidence to back up those opinions? Are those opinions ever right or wrong?

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Why you should have a lesson even if you didn't practice

It is not an uncommon occurance for a student to wish to cancel their lesson because they didn't practice that week. Apparently, this seems to be a reasonable attitude. After all, if the student hasn't practiced, what is there to do in the lesson, beyond just repeat whatever was done last week? The teacher will just chastise the student for not practicing, and nothing will really get done, because the student and the teacher will...

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July 10 Recital with Allison Holst-Grubbe

Hearts All WholePERFORMED BY SOPRANO ALLISON HOLST-GRUBBE AND PIANIST MICHAEL KORMANExploring themes of love as found in nature through German and American art songs of the 19th and 20th centuries. Date: July 10, 2011 at 3:00 PM. Location: New Britain Museum of American Art Free with museum admission.This will be an exciting program featuring songs by Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann, Clara Schumann, Franz Liszt, Ned Rorem, Charles Ives, Samuel Barber, and William Bolcom, as well...

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