By day, the mild-mannered Vanessa Cornett-Murtada tackles pianistic and pedagogical challenges in her role as the Director of Keyboard Studies at the University of St. Thomas. In the evening, she makes use of her astounding superpowers of charm and modesty to serve as Director of the World Institute for Noble Educators (WINE), a fictional...

By day, the mild-mannered Vanessa Cornett-Murtada tackles pianistic and pedagogical challenges in her role as the Director of Keyboard Studies at the University of St. Thomas. In the evening, she makes use of her astounding superpowers of charm and modesty to serve as Director of the World Institute for Noble Educators (WINE), a fictional non-profit organization sympathetic to the spouses of musicians.

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Toward integrated teaching

Would you teach your students to play only the first six notes of each major scale? Of course not! Good teachers introduce a complete concept, often from multiple perspectives. They may emphasize the building blocks of scales, key signatures, logical fingering, good practice habits, and healthy technique. Out...
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The Words We Speak: The Power of Language in Nurturing Confident Musicians

The Words We Speak: The Power of Language in Nurturing Confident Musicians
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Seeking Authenticity: An interview with Valentina Lisitsa

Valentina Lisitsa is a formidable pianist with dazzling technique and an ever-growing fan base. A self-made luminary, she was arguably the first classical musician to catapult herself from relative obscurity to superstardom using social media alone. At forty-three, the Ukrainian-American virtuoso now boasts 300,000 subscribers to her YouTube channe...
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With this gigue, I thee wed

​For better or for worse, in sickness and in health..." As I think back to my marriage vows, I wonder how they might have changed if I knew then what I know now: "In forte and piano, in Scriabin and Prokofiev, until you are parted by death or insanity...?"My husband, Salam, is a Renaissance man, a modern-day Jekyll and Hyde. By day, he works as an ...
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