Hey friends,

Instagram recently rolled out a new “questions” feature on Stories. I decided to play around with this and asked you guys if you had any music-related questions for me. You were awesome – I received so many questions!

In today’s video, I took 19 of those questions and answered them. It was a lot of fun, and I definitely want to do another Q&A segment like this again in the future.

To keep posted for updates, you can follow me on Instagram. I mainly post food, but my Stories are more of the day-to-day stuff.



Recently we did a performer spotlight video on Glenn Gould, who is legendary when it comes to recordings of Bach – but unfortunately, he’s been dead quite a while.

I thought it would be fun to spotlight a performer who is alive and well, and who got her start on YouTube – Valentina Lisitsa.

We’re going to discuss her background, her journey as a musician, playing style and recordings, as well as some controversy. Let’s get into it!

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Since it’s currently summertime, I wanted to take this opportunity to delve into The Four Seasons by Vivaldi, specifically the “summer” movement.

This is a Baroque-era concerto in a set of four concerto, each with its own season/theme: spring, summer, autumn and winter.

This will be a long-running series – each season I am going to examine the corresponding concerto, finishing with Spring next year, the most famous of the set of concertos. Today we’ll be specifically talking about the genre “program music” and how “Summer” demonstrates it.

Let’s get started!

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In today’s episode of PianoTV, I’ll walk you through 5 beginner exercises for playing with a metronome. There is a free printable PDF with all of these exercises, and I encourage you to download it and play along!

I wanted to create a really simple starting point for students in the first 6 months to 1-2 years of lessons who want to learn how to use the metronome properly.

If you’re not sure whether or not you use the metronome properly, you probably aren’t. There’s a learning curve with this, and many of my students have a hard time with this. That’s why I designed this set of exercises.

We’re going to hop to the keyboard for this video. What I’ll do is play through each exercise so you can follow along, and then talk about the challenges involved, and some tips and tricks.

Let’s get started!

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In today’s episode of PianoTV, we’re going to look at some of the hardest piano music that exists – with the spotlight on Franz Liszt.

We’re looking at his solo piano music (no concertos here – though those are obviously very difficult). The majority of these pieces are from his Transcendental Etudes.

In this video we’ll talk about the eight pieces of his that are extremely difficult, and listen to a few musical examples.

Let’s get started!

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