Learning to play the piano is exciting, frustrating, fun, boring, exhilarating and sometimes depressing. This is true whether one is an adult or a child.

After teaching adults for over 40 years, I find these students enthusiastic, resourceful and dedicated. Many piano teachers feel "fossil" is the apt description for adult beginning and intermediate piano students. I use the term mockingly because I know better. I know they can be fluid, flexible, and adventurous if only we will encourage them to be. This site is designed to help both adult students and their teachers find these qualities of freedom in their piano study.

 

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    What's New? The Latest Additions.

    • A new article is now available on Adult Practice.
    • The fourth new article that first appeared on our Facbook page has just been posted on The Habit of Distraction.
    • The third new article that first appeared on our Facbook page has just been posted on Attentiveness During Playing.
    • The second new article that first appeared on our Facbook page has just been posted on The Difference Between Mean and Strict.
    • The first new article that first appeared on our Facbook page has just been posted on what I am Learning and Re-Learning about teaching piano.
    • We now have a Facebook Page. Moving forward, new content will appear there first, then be added here. Be sure and like the page.
    • The article Performance has just been updated and expanded for 2012.
    • Nancy Williams has an article on her site about my time as an adult music student, a video interview as well as highlights of a lesson with one of my students. In addition to being a great article, I thought people would enjoy putting a face and voice to the articles here. Please enjoy at the following link: A Piano Teacher Takes Adult Piano Lessons
    • Teachers: Starting and Stopping Lessons The question of choosing a music teacher comes up often on the Musical Fossils message board so Iíve decided to review the topic in detail. Choosing a new teacher, getting rid of an existing teacher, or being dismissed by a teacher are all complex situations. In this article I will discuss what Iíve learned over the years about these issues.

  • It is with tremendouns appreciation and gratitude that I can now announce that MusicalFossils.com has received an anonymous donation of $500. When asked for the reason behind the generosity: "I believe in it."
  • Please note that donations to MuscicaLFossils.com are not tax deductible at the current time. Depending on the volume and size of future donations this could change. Please be sure and check back often for the current tax status.

 

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