Pianodao is the independent piano education blog of Andrew Eales, a pianist, teacher and writer based in Milton Keynes UK.
Pianodao – The Way of Piano – seeks to inform, encourage and inspire piano players, teachers and students. Built around the metaphor of piano playing as a lifetime journey, the site focuses on our musical development in the context of our broader lives.
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Guest Authors from around the world have also significantly contributed to the site, sharing their experiences, perspectives, and knowledge here.
Welcome to Pianodao!
Site Owner: Andrew Eales
I’m so pleased that you’ve found this site, and hope that you enjoy exploring the 400+ articles here, written to inform, encourage and inspire you on your piano journey!
We pianists know that self-evaluation is crucial to our progress and musical development. When I started teaching, I quickly realised that the same rule applies: one of the best ways I can improve is to continuously reflect on my teaching practice and student response.
Pianodao takes this basic principle and places that process of reflection and evaluation within a much broader context – our journey through life.
When teaching I continue to observe that many of the problems and issues that I and my students grapple with have very little to do with our pianism and musical understanding, and far more to do with our physical limitations, tension, mental state and internal beliefs. The work of a piano teacher can sometimes have as much to do with helping our students to address these issues as it does with conventional pedagogical content.
We all have a life outside of our piano playing, and it is clearly worthwhile considering the connections between our experience of life and our ongoing musical development. But where do we start?
I have found that the philosophical wisdom of Daoism (“Taoism”) and other Eastern traditions can offer fresh perspectives and an insightful approach – one which celebrates inter-connectedness in all things, rather than isolating disconnected specialisms as so often happens in Western thinking.
The more I have studied this wisdom, the greater the positive impact has been on my piano playing and teaching, as well as more broadly on my quality of life. The most direct example of this has been is my practice of Qigong breathing and stretching exercises, leading to my ideas for Piano Qigong.
Alongside all these broader reflections, which distinguish this from other piano sites, Pianodao of course includes plenty of practical material which directly addresses piano playing, teaching, repertoire and resources.
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Pianodao is owned by Keyquest Music, the independent music education consultancy, private teaching practice and creative outlet of pianist, writer and teacher Andrew Eales.
Andrew is an elected member of The Incorporated Society of Musicians, the UK’s professional association for musicians and teachers, and an affiliate of EPTA UK.
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