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Even then, we are often more separate as players than other musicians. Wind, string, percussion, and brass players all have each other in their sections for interaction.
I chatted with music educator Jim Johnson, a member of the New and Returning Piano Learners group and leader of his Facebook group for adults learning beginning piano.
We talked about how stressful the pandemic has been for many of us. Beyond the sometimes lonely path of piano practice, life itself has been intense globally for several years.
Jim and I agreed that learning a musical instrument brings incredible wellness factors and is a powerful remedy to the stress of our world.
We also related to having started our Facebook groups to create life-to-life connections while contributing meaningfully to others during these challenging times.
Stay tuned for our in-depth conversation coming out on YourCreativeChord podcast soon.
Here is WHY I started the New and Returning Piano Learners group and want to grow it further. I like the group members —YOU— so much because you share my love for the piano. But especially because you engage with me and each other to build sincere connections.
I want to encourage each of you to get engaged in this group for new and returning piano learners. Start building relationships with the members here around our mutual piano learning journey.
The more we share our real selves and where we are with our music, the more we will inspire and motivate piano progress. Not just for ourselves but for others in the group.
Your conversations and questions open insights into my strengths and weaknesses. They shed new light on how to troubleshoot piano practice issues.
You are helping each other well beyond the invaluable piano teacher’s guidance. For those who cannot have a piano teacher at this point, your engagement, feedback, tips, and general support are crucial.
Pandemic life, the news of Russia’s war on Ukraine, gas prices—all of these events are stressful for us all.
Remember that community provides relief. Finding a sense of belonging brings relief. Your piano learning journey helps you connect with like-minded music appreciators. Our interactions open our minds to fresh inspiration for piano practice and music learning.
Another thing Jim Johnson and I agreed on wholeheartedly is that excessive emphasis on exterior credentials and spam are just clutter. These kinds of judgment and junk drain us.
You won’t find that in this piano learner group. This community and connection with new and returning piano learners bring relief, encouragement, and joy.
Because we are real here. We connect with what’s important about music.
Not flashy piano technique, famous elitist methods, teachers, or schools.
But through expressing our true selves through the piano.
Doing our best to improve our piano playing from yesterday to today, then tomorrow.
Each Tuesday from 1 pm ET, I go live as transparently as possible. I want to show you that the more you engage and share your vulnerability the deeper and more real your relationships and this community grows.
As I share my true self, struggles, and goals with you, I make sincere, truthful, mutually encouraging connections with those who engage with me. I appreciate you for that interaction.
Ask your questions.
Share what’s working in your piano learning journey.
We share in common a true love of the piano. Let’s go deeper.
Let’s get to know each other.
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