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Piano Lesson 31: The Magic of the Musical Mind and a Music Mystery!

By Gaili Schoen March 13, 2024

We’re going to look at some astonishing scientific evidence showing that complex activities such as taking music lessons “resulted in a 50% reduced risk of developing dementia” and that taking piano lessons, specifically, reduces our risk…

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Music for the Ages: The Wheel That Makes Life Transitions Bearable

By Stephanie Raffelock February 14, 2024

The music of my youth was more than melody and words. It was a kind of guidance into adult life, a soundtrack for thoughts and feelings that I didn’t know how to reach on my own but were given to me by the likes of Carole King, Joni Mitchell…

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Piano Lesson 25: Playing Music Expressively with The Dynamic Six

By Gaili Schoen December 20, 2023

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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Piano Lesson 23: Holiday Music and Swing!

By Gaili Schoen November 22, 2023

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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Reducing Stress in Your 60s: Capturing a Moment of Rest Through Music

By Mary Sue Wilkinson November 07, 2023

Have you ever been so tired that a stop light seemed like a blessing? You close your eyes for just a second and take a deep breath, trying to catch a wisp of the tiniest second – or maybe third wind? Years ago, when I was starting a school…

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Piano Lesson 21: Expand Your Musical Mind

By Gaili Schoen October 25, 2023

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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Modern Opera/Rock Opera/Musicals – All Singing, All the Time

By Ann Boland May 15, 2023

All musical forms progress as new instruments, new technology, and new innovators come on the scene. Modern opera has bad rap because some of it contains music written using the 12-note scale, uncomfortable to most ears…

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5 Music Apps for Women Over 60

By Sandra Roussy April 08, 2023

Do you like listening to music? Music has never been more accessible than it is now. Streaming music services have practically replaced CDs and other types of music formats. You can listen to all your favorite music from your phone, your tablet…

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What Living in Mexico Has Taught Me About the Power of Music

By Kerry Baker September 14, 2022

The first soldiers killed in battle are the musicians, for music’s power to inspire. It can change a person’s mood in minutes. It can give form to otherwise incoherent, nascent feelings. Music can take years off a world-weary spirit…

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The Power of Music to Transport Us Places

By Deborah Voll August 10, 2022

It was a damp Seattle evening in May, as I settled into my seat at Benaroya Hall to hear the Seattle Symphony. I was attending an event with a friend, and it was our “pre Mother’s Day treat” to ourselves…

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