Counting

Sitting at the piano yesterday during a choir rehearsal I was reminded of an…


Copycat

Perhaps all the fiddling has finally gotten to me. But somewhere between the…


Fiddlers

I call them “fiddlers.” These are the students who, at any moment of silence or…


The Mathematics of Practice

Maybe good practicing—and good teaching, for that matter —is just simple math:…


The Gaps

When I was a child living in southwestern Kansas, there was a huge overgrown…


A Jigsaw Puzzle

Life these days is a jigsaw puzzle. To be more precise, it is several jigsaw…


15 Books of Practice

My very favorite conversation begins with the question, “So, what are you…


A Sacred Threshold

Max does not like to miss piano lessons. This has less to do with the lessons…


An Anniversary

Like many Americans, I find myself thinking about anniversaries these days.…


Dear Kitten

“We should remember that sorrow does produce flowers of its own. It is a…