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Gaili Schoen is a passionate piano teacher and learning science researcher. She has written a piano instruction series called Upper Hands Piano: A Method for Adults 50+ to Spark the Mind, Heart and Soul. Learn more at UpperHandsPiano.com. Follow her blog for free monthly sheet music and practice tips: UpperHandsPiano.com/blog.

Latest Posts By Gaili Schoen

5 days ago

Piano Lesson 30: Raise a Pint for St. Patrick’s Day Songs!

Welcome to Lesson 30! Today we continue learning Irish Songs for St. Paddy’s Day or any time of the year. The Irish have a tradition of beautiful melodic music that speaks to both the pain and pleasures, the misery and the magic in life…

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3 weeks ago

Piano Lesson 29: Cockles and Mussels! Songs for St. Paddy’s Day

Today we turn back to p.69-70, to play Molly Malone (also known as Cockles and Mussels). We initially skipped it because it has some tricky rhythms, and I wanted you to advance a bit further before taking them on! Mid-February is a great time to start…

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1 month ago

Piano Lesson 28: Amorous Anecdotes about Johann Sebastian Bach and the Mystery of the Notebook!

Johann Sebastian Bach was one of our most prolific and celebrated composers, having written over a thousand intricate and innovative pieces in his lifetime. His second wife, Anna Magdalena, was a famous, accomplished and beautiful soprano singer…

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2 months ago

Piano Lesson 27: Can you Play the Can Can?

Welcome to Lesson 27! Today we will be learning some new notes and playing some new songs including Jacques Offenbach’s Can Can. Be sure to think about your posture this week, keeping your back straight, your shoulders relaxed, and your wrists horizontal…

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2 months ago

Piano Lesson 26: Happy Piano-versary!

As I started making my Lesson 26 video, I realized that it has been a year since my first Sixty and Me post on January 4, 2023! Happy Piano-versary to us! We have stuck with it, you and I, even though it has sometimes felt very difficult…

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3 months ago

Piano Lesson 25: Playing Music Expressively with The Dynamic Six

As you move beyond the “beginner” stage, one of the ways to make your piano playing more expressive and “musical” is by adding more dynamics. Dynamics have to do with how loudly or softly you play your music. If you listen to these performances…

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3 months ago

Piano Lesson 24: When Is the Best Time of Day for Us to Learn New Things?

I’m often asked for tips on how to practice most effectively. Cognitive Science has much to offer people of all ages about the best ways to practice for optimal memory retention. But where older adults differ from children is in the time of day…

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3 months ago

Piano Lesson 23: Holiday Music and Swing!

It’s Lesson 23 and this week we are skipping ahead to p.71 in your Upper Hands Piano, Book 1 to learn a new note and Swing rhythm, and we’re also learning some holiday songs, because there is no better way to celebrate than with music!

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4 months ago

Piano Lesson 22: Expressing Our Gratitude

Welcome to Lesson 22! Today we are covering p.67-68 plus a couple bonus Thanksgiving songs! If you are following me on my timeline, it’s November, the month to think about, and to express, gratitude. Since starting a gratitude practice about 4 years ago…

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4 months ago

Piano Lesson 21: Expand Your Musical Mind

It’s LESSON 21 today, and I’m excited to show you some new things to expand your musical mind! [NOTE: If you are just joining us for the first time, you can find my previous Sixty and Me Free Piano Lessons on my Author page. You can join our lessons any time and move at your […]

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