Piano Lessons

I teach classical, jazz, and popular music in my home studio in Berkshire County in western Massachusetts. I am located 10 minutes from Great Barrington, adjacent to the Catamount Ski Area. I’ve been teaching here in Berkshire County for 12 years. I was formerly on the faculty of the Berkshire Music School. I hold a … Continue reading Piano Lessons

What Makes a Good Piano Parent?

Okay, so my not-so-short rant on parenting and piano lessons has now reached thousands of people from dozens of countries…. literally, all around the world. Clearly, it hit a nerve — in Russia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Jamaica, South Korea, Mexico, China, Portugal, Italy, South Africa, Israel, Japan, Bolivia, Estonia… But there’s a “glass-half-full” aspect to … Continue reading What Makes a Good Piano Parent?

How to Help a Child with Piano Practice

Clearly my last post about parents and their responsibilities to their children’s music education, particularly piano lessons, hit a nerve. This blog is only a couple of weeks old, and that post has received hundreds of views from some 20 countries, including Russia, Bulgaria, Singapore, Thailand, Portugal, Australia, and Estonia. The issue, it seems, is … Continue reading How to Help a Child with Piano Practice

News Flash: Musical Achievement is Not About Talent

Musical Talent, Nature Versus Nurture, and the 10,000 Hours Rule Meet my sister. She started piano lessons at age 7, and practiced a half an hour a day pretty much for the next 11 years, sometimes doing a little more, rarely less.   She didn’t especially love practicing, and indeed, it was hard for her because … Continue reading News Flash: Musical Achievement is Not About Talent