Welcome to Musical Fossils

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.

inside of a grand piano

Latest Posts

Finding the Kinesthetic Feeling of the Keyboard

The piano and the pianist have a relationship. It’s different from the violinist who cradles the instrument under his chin or the cellist whose body enfolds the instrument. It’s different from the woodwind or brass player who constantly breathes the life of music through the instrument. It’s certainly different from the singer who is their instrument. The piano is big... Read more →

Sleep is the New Piano Technique

I just found my friend Lya Ferrer’s webpage, and on it she has this article. I liked it and thought it should be passed on. Sleep is the New Piano Technique Enjoy! Read more →

Adult Practice

I vividly remember one of my adult students saying to me, “Oh, I know what you do at these lessons. You have me practice all the ways you know I won’t practice at home.” I actually expected he would follow the lesson examples at home but, alas. I spend a great deal of lesson time teaching students of all ages... Read more →

Kinesthetic Sensation: Meeting Place of the Mind and Body

Sensation as Knowledge When someone startles me I jump. I jump before I know I’m startled. It never works the other way around. I never think I’m startled — and then jump. The body is the first to know something happened. It owns this primary sense of the feeling of what happens. This feeling is knowledge of the body’s state... Read more →