Valerie Peters studied piano with Arlene Kies at the University of New Hampshire and graduated with a degree in Music Education. She enjoys collaborative piano and has worked as a staff pianist at Bennington College in Vermont. Currently Valerie teaches music and movement to children in grades pre-K to 5 in the Massachusetts public school...

Valerie Peters studied piano with Arlene Kies at the University of New Hampshire and graduated with a degree in Music Education. She enjoys collaborative piano and has worked as a staff pianist at Bennington College in Vermont. Currently Valerie teaches music and movement to children in grades pre-K to 5 in the Massachusetts public school system. Valerie serves on the Board of Directors for the Helping Hands Foundation, a support group for families of children with upper limb differences. She recently started to compile solutions and links to adaptive equipment on her website: https://sites.google.com/site/instrumentadaptations/.

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Adaptive Approaches to Piano Study

Adaptive Approaches to Piano Study
Early in my piano education, I realized that sometimes I would need to play with my hands crossed. After I announced to my parents that I wanted to take piano lessons, my grandmother kindly gave me the old upright that she didn't play anymore. My father played for me the only piece he knew—a circus sort of tune with the melody in the left hand and ...
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