January 1, 2020

One of the sweetest gifts a student gave me years ago was a poem she had a written for an English class titled "The Music Machine."  It was not about how the piano works, which we had discussed in lessons, but showed how much the student loved music and related to the piano.

On a more practical level, the piano is a machine, and it does require an understanding of how the machine works and how good body mechanics can help a musician play the piano easier and better.

I always discuss with students that the keys on the piano are levers (one of the simple machines most students learn in elementary school).  You press a key which flips a hammer up to strike strings that vibrate and create sound.  How f...

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