Counting

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


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…


15 Books of Practice

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


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…


A Truffle

“I think I’m bored,” I confessed to a friend last week. In all my adult years,…


Inertia

To paraphrase a popular musical, “Can we get back to real life, please, yo?”*…


Two Reasons. Four Mantras

It was the first piano lesson of 2021, and Alex and I were discussing his new…


Both

In so many ways, it’s been a perfect holiday. Almost immediately the days fell…