Your Story: Amy Boyes

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“Everything We Play” is a personal essay written from the perspective of an exhausted mother and music teacher. Wishing for some uninterrupted practice time to play something emotionally satisfying, the author is reminded by her young daughter that all music-making is beautiful…

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Your Story: Ian Ruhfass

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Your Story: Simon Reich

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Simon’ latest post tells of how he has, in later life, turned to music as a full-time professional, and his experiences training as a media composer.

As well as giving a special insight into his own personal journey, the post will be an encouragement to all considering a career in music.

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Your Story: Heather Hammond

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Piano teacher and best-selling composer and author Heather Hammond shares her background…

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Your Story: William Minter

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William Minter is a teacher and composer living in Connecticut. Here, he reflects on his piano journey, and sets out the many motivations which have kept him engaged in playing.

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Your Stories: Debjani Sengupta

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Debjani Sengupta is the music teacher at The Cambridge School, Calcutta, India. Here’s her story…

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Your Story: Neil Nguyen

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I’m a piano tutor, living in an overcrowded city with over 8 million people: Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam, a developing country in Southeast Asia.

Piano learning is a kind of luxury thing in Vietnam. You will discover why as you read my story …

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Your Story: Yukie Smith

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Yukie Smith is from Yokohama, Japan. She now lives in the UK, where she performs, accompanies and teaches piano using her own multi-sensory learning technique.

She’s the author of a piano duet arrangement of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue (abridged version); and a full version of a violin & piano arrangement of Piazzolla’s Le Grand Tango.

Here’s her story …

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Your Story: Christopher Norton

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New Zealand-born, now Canadian-based composer and pianist Christopher Norton is known the world over for his best-selling educational music, including the MicrojazzConnections and Preludes series.

Here he reveals how he discovered music in his youth …

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Your Story: Andy Quin

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“I have had the great joy and fortune to spend a lifetime writing, recording and performing music…”

So writes the hugely successful composer and pianist Andy Quin, who tells his Story here…

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Your Story: Garreth Brooke

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Garreth was born in Hereford, UK, moved to Wales as a child, before going on to study music at the University of Oxford. He now teaches piano to a full studio of international students in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and releases original music for solo piano on 1631 Recordings using the pen-name Garreth Broke. His writing about suicide prevention has been published on Huffington Post UK.

Here’s his story …

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Your Story: David Greenslade

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David Greenslade is a piano teacher, church musician, adjudicator and conservatory examiner in Southern Ontario Canada.

Here’s his story …

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Your Story: Swan Kiezebrink

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Swan Kiezebrink is a Suzuki and traditional piano, voice and theory teacher in BC, Canada. Here she shares her piano story …

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Your Stories: Paul Harris

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Paul Harris is one of the world’s most respected music educationalists. His compositions have delighted players and audiences around the world, and he has over 500 publications to his name. Paul is in great demand as a workshop and seminar leader in the UK, USA and the Far East.

Here he shares the story of how he discovered the piano as a child.

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Your Stories: June Armstrong

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June Armstrong is a piano teacher and composer of educational piano music which focusses on the promotion of technical development whilst engaging the imagination and encouraging the exploration of interpretation.  She lives in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Here’s her story…

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Your Stories: Ieva Dubova

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Ieva Dubova is a classical pianist currently studying at Trinity Laban Conservatoire. She tells her story…

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Your Stories: Peter Byrom-Smith

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Composer Peter Byrom-Smith reflects on his piano journey …

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Your Story: Paula Dreyer

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Paula is a piano teacher, performer and accompanist in San Francisco, California. She is the composer of “Little Gems for Piano: Rote Pieces that Motivate and Captivate.”

Here is her story…

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Your Story: Shane Mickelsen

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Hi, I’m Shane Mickelsen! I find joy in composing, conducting, and teaching. Here’s my story…

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Your Story: Rachel Rowles

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I live in Devon and teach piano alongside a career in the NHS. I am currently a student on the Piano Teachers’ Course UK, so have been reflecting a lot on my piano journey this far, and on what comes next! Here’s my story…

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Your Story: Sarah Buckley

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I’m Sarah Buckley. I’m from Toronto, Canada. I teach piano and I mentor musician entrepreneurs in personal and professional development. Here’s my story…

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Your Story: Juan María Solare

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The Argentinian composer and pianist Juan María Solare (Buenos Aires, 1966) has lived in Germany since 1993. He has performed as piano soloist and within diverse chamber music groups. He also conducts, has edited music for Ricordi Berlin, and his own compositions are included on 17 CD albums.

Juan tells his story…

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Your Story: Sue Greenham

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Sue Greenham is a piano teacher from Maidstone in Kent, UK. She introduces herself:

“At the moment, I’ve teaching around 75 students each week. Most come to my home in Maidstone and have either 30 minutes or an hour. But I also do peri work in two secondary schools and the students there have 20 minute lessons, which isn’t very long, but they’re coming out of lessons so that’s the way it has to be.”

Here is Sue’s Story…

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Your Story: Frances Wilson

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Frances Wilson is a pianist, piano teacher, writer, concert reviewer and blogger on classical music and pianism as The Cross-Eyed Pianist. She holds Licentiate and Associate diplomas in performance (both with distinction) and currently studies with acclaimed teacher, pianist and writer Graham Fitch.

Here she shares her piano story…

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Your Story: Cori Belle

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I am a pianist in the Seattle area who enjoys performing solo and collaborating with other musicians.

My parents never let me quit taking piano lessons. That, really, is the crux of my story. I did not grow up under a Tiger Mom, but from the very beginning, I grew up being surrounded by classical music…

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