“Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential.” Winston Churchill
Many people are already aware of the more 'scientific' benefits of piano lessons; studies of increased brain development and intelligence have been well-documented by various researchers.
However, there are other awesome benefits that come with taking piano lessons that are talked about less often--benefits that I feel are more important and beneficial than the scientific ones--mainly, the character that results from continued lessons. Improved brain development takes months; character building take years.
With that in mind, I'm starting with what I think is the most important character trait that results from years of piano lessons.
I have an amazing opportunity to interview an expert in the piano market from Fields Pianos for my next interview.
Fields Pianos has been one of the biggest piano showrooms in Orange County for over six decades now and recently accepted Steinway and Sons' invitation to become a factory-authorized Steinway Piano Gallery.
I'll be interviewing Esther Chun and asking her questions about the different brands of pianos, how to buy a piano, and other tips on choosing a piano.
I forgot to ask her how long she's worked at Fields Pianos, but I know at least for 14 years because my family bought our first grand piano from her 14 years ago!
Let me know in the comments section if you have any specific questions about buying a piano you'd like to have answered.
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Back in 1996, when my family first moved from Taiwan to California, I didn't speak much English. Despite the language barrier, I made a lot of friends through basketball.
In fact, I had dreams of playing in the NBA--until I found out the growth spurt I had in sixth grade was going to be my last. HAHA.
As part of my initial interview with students or just during lessons I like to find out about my student's hobbies. Knowing what they like to do helps me think of different analogies that put musical and pianistic concepts into more familiar and tangible terms for them.
For my students who are into basketball, I often point them to these two videos about practice as I'm very into efficient and effective practice habits.
What better way for a student to learn how to practice than to watch the two greatest shooters in the history of NBA practice shooting?
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