Music Blog

10 steps to starting special needs piano

The videos complimenting this blog can be found at www.hurleypiano.com. I recommend you watch Black Key videos 1-20 before you read this article. I will answer any and all questions therapists, parents and teachers have about this method. So get emailing as soon as...

Two Nursery Rhyme Piano Favorites

By now you are getting the idea that while piano can be taught to special needs kiddos it requires just as much work as any other teaching tool in your clinic or piano studio. So let’s take a look at learning some easy pieces; Twinkle, Twinkle; Brother Jack; Row, Row,...

Piano Blog Making A Trailer

If you use a trailer as a sketch up for a documentary then you can use a blog as a sketch up for your trailer. This blog is my pre trailer sketch, the gathering of ideas and intuitions, the separation of hunches from false starts and good ideas from bad. At a very...

TED: Charles Limb: Building the Musical Muscle

Charles Limb performs cochlear implantation, a surgery that treats hearing loss and can restore the ability to hear speech. But as a musician too, Limb thinks about what the implants lack: They don’t let you fully experience music yet. (There’s a hair-raising...

From Clavichord to the Modern Piano

My students are fascinated to hear that Beethoven demanded that the piano have 88 keys. He ways not happy with the limited range of the keyboard and he started writing pieces with a keyboard range that did not yet exist. So industry had to build the new expanded...

Mozart’s 66 Key Fortepiano

Mozart did not play on the 88 key piano we have today. The 88 key piano was created by Beethoven when he started writing pieces for the 88 key piano that had yet to be created by the piano manufacturers of his day. Beethoven was such a rock star that the aristocracy...