Do Audiences Hear our Performance Mistakes?

Audiences may not hear as many mistakes as you might imagine. See this interesting article.

How Top Performers Practice

See: NY Times article.

Alma Deutscher wrote her first opera at seven, and a violin concerto at nine.

An amazing story about a now-11 year old musician, Alma Deutscher. Read below to find her performance of her own violin concerto.

Exciting Remote Lesson Master Class


We are so excited about the upcoming Yamaha Remote Lesson Master Class with Juilliard Professor of Piano Julian Martin. To see a brief demo of what such a class is like, see:

pianoSonoma Master Class with Anne Marie McDermott

And to see a great video summarizing our experience with the Master Classes and our partnerships with Juilliard’s Julian Martin and Yamaha, see Samford’s excellent short (2’40”) video capturing the moment:

Career Tips

Rearview Mirror-what I wish I’d known in music school”

7 Bad Practice Habits – worth reading!

Health Benefits to Playing Piano

Tips for Parents of piano students:

What Your Piano Parents Need To Know About Practice

Which is the “best” piano??

See the NY Times article: “Steinway Still Holds Sway [me: or does it?]

Oliver Sacks and Musicophilia

Oliver Sacks, the neurologist and acclaimed author who explored some of the brain’s strangest pathways, believed in the power of music:

A skilled pianist, Dr. Sacks often wrote about the relationship between music and the mind, eventually devoting a whole book, “Musicophilia” (2007), to the subject. Dr. Sacks disagreed with the Harvard psychologist and author Steven Pinker’s view of music as “auditory cheesecake,” and pointed to its ability to reach dementia patients as evidence that music appreciation is hard-wired into the brain.

“I haven’t heard of a human being who isn’t musical, or who doesn’t respond to music one way or another,” he told an audience at Columbia University in 2006. “I think we are an essentially, profoundly musical species. And I don’t know whether — for all I know, language piggybacked on music.”

Referring to Nietzsche’s claim that listening to Bizet had made him a better philosopher, Dr. Sacks said, “I think Mozart makes me a better neurologist.”

GREGORY COWLES, NY Times,  08-30-2015