Classical composer and conductor Pierre Boulez passed within a week of the influential jazz pianist Paul Bley… in this brilliant in-depth article, guest author Mark Polishook considers the impact that both musicians had on the music of the 20th century and beyond…Continue reading Iconoclasts, Shibboleths, Paul Bley and Pierre Boulez
Guest author Frances Wilson considers a question we all ask ourselves from time to time, sometimes more frequently than we should…
Am I Really Good Enough?
- Am I good enough to pass this exam?
- Good enough to compete in that festival?
- Play in that concert?
- To be a piano teacher?
In this month’s post, well-known author and regular Pianodao contributor Karen Marshall considers how teachers can continue developing their own journey at the piano …
It is with great pleasure that I welcome Doug Hanvey from Portland Oregon as a guest author on Pianodao. Doug is a highly qualified and experienced educationalist and teacher of both piano pedagogy and mindfulness. Here he discusses the link between the two…
Guest author and professional visual artist Simon Reich gives his personal perspective…
Being a visual artist myself, I have to reluctantly admit that it’s quite possible that the general populace of the world could live without paintings, sculpture and visual art. But I severely doubt the people on this planet could live without music.
Guest Post by Evelina de Lain
Evelina de Lain writes of her background growing up in the former USSR, the serious injury that stopped her piano playing career in its tracks, her discovery of jazz, and how she finally overcame her injury to become a successful professional pianist with a growing international career…
I am delighted to welcome Karen Marshall, the co-author of the excellent “Get Set! Piano” series and compiler of the ABRSM Encore books, as a regular contributor on the Pianodao site.
In this, Karen’s first post here, she explores the importance of personalised teaching…
Guest Author Mark Polishook takes a look at the benefits of weight-based piano technique, with reference to boxing, martial arts and … cherry tomatoes.
Guest author Simon Reich shares an inspiring personal testimony to the power of music.
With war in Syria, daily muggings, deadlock in the Middle East, domestic violence and escalating racial tensions, we are in desperate need of some good news stories.
Being a creative musician, you may not realize it, but you hold the key to giving the world some peace and inspiration.
Interview by Guest Writer, Simon Reich
I have always thought that to be a well-regarded teacher in a particular area, you need to know the subject inside and out and be a proficient exponent of the subject and Mark Polishook is definitely one of those.