Milton Keynes Piano Lessons

Pathways for Living

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 rather more to do with our physical limitations, tension, mental state and internal beliefs.

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?

One of my initial reasons for starting the Pianodao site was to reflect on our journey as pianists in the broader context of our journey through life.


Recent Highlights


The Pianist’s Motivations
This article consider the many and complex motivations we all experience in life, focussing in on the difference between intrinsic and extrinsic motivations, and how each pertains to our piano playing.
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The Pianist’s Kindness
How can we encourage the piano community to be a kinder one? As always, the answer must begin with ourselves …
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The Pianist’s Overthinking
If we overthink an upcoming performance, this can undoubtedly contribute to performance anxiety. And in the same way, if we overthink life in general, this can have a significant and debilitating effect on our whole lives.
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Is Mindfulness Relevant to Piano Playing?
Guest author Doug Hanvey explains how mindfulness techniques can be used to enhance piano playing, teaching and learning.
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A Shared Journey…

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