A man memorizing music by stuffing scores in his head

Memorizing Music: Is it Important?

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Historical Perspective A brief historical perspective of piano performance traditions is explored as this sheds light on the topic of memorizing music. Until the latter part of the nineteen century, it was in bad taste to perform from memory. It was disrespectful and showy. Mozart, for example, had an expansive musical memory yet always performed with the […]

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Piano Performance With(out) Fear: The Power of Mindfulness

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Widespread Problem The practice of mindfulness and Yoga may provide an answer to a widespread problem among musicians. That problem is performance anxiety or stage fright. It has been estimated that one in four musicians use Beta-blockers to improve their live performances. For some musicians, anxiety symptoms can be so debilitating that they lower the quality of performance and lower marks […]

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The Digital Piano (Game Changer)

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Shopping for a Digital Piano What kind of digital piano should I buy for my piano lessons? I get asked this question often. It is difficult to answer because there is a maze of different makes and models. To address this question, I will highlight three important features of an acoustic piano. Before making a […]

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You Must Sing with Your Fingers

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Finger Singing F Nearly all music has vocal qualities except some styles of contemporary music. Often when playing a passage on the keyboard we fail to recognize the natural vocal inflections. We become preoccupied with coordinating our fingers and forget what we are doing musically. Finger singing is an exercise to develop a cantabile (singing) style […]