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On Music and the Brain...

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Playing the piano is a passion that can be as daunting as it is positively consuming. This page is to enlighten both students and members of the public on the subject of learning the piano and music aesthetics.

Developing as a pianist involves a powerful synthesis of complex mental processes and physical skill. How we develop our physical skill is greatly impacted by our knowledge of the music we are learning and/or depth of creativity.

Below are some highly recommended, historically influential books that every pianist/musicologist should read:

'The Art of Piano Playing', by Heinrich Neuhaus

'The Art of Piano Playing (a scientific approach)', by George Kochevitsky

'Style and Idea', by Arnold Schoenberg

'This is your Brain on Music', by Daniel J. Levitin

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