19 Practice Strategies

Strategy Category Description 1 Repetition of Difficult Passages Coordination Over learn difficult passages by repeating them at least ten times or more. 2 Sings with Practice Vocalization Sing the melody to help with top voicing (emphasizes melodic line) 3 Metronome Usage Rhythmic Accuracy Use a metronome to ensure rhythmic evenness and rhythmic accuracy. 4 Count … Read more19 Practice Strategies

Frédéric François Chopin Complete Works List

compiled by Roman Mueller (Revision 2 – 11/18/97) Lost Works Polonaise For pianoforte, composed 1818. Presented by Chopin to the Empress Maria Teodorowna, mother of the Czar, on the occasion of her visit to Warszawa on 26 Sep 1818. Polonaise For pianoforte, composed 1818. Presented by Chopin to the Empress Maria Teodorowna, mother of the … Read moreFrédéric François Chopin Complete Works List

Steinway Piano Values

Katie was having her early breakfast when she turned on the TV. With an expert hand, she put her coffee on the table without eyeing on it. Her stare was directly focused on the early morning house keeping tips. The tips talked about how to own an outstanding dealership of a Steinway piano. “I should … Read moreSteinway Piano Values

Glossary 2

Action-All of the linkage between the key and the hammer striking the string. Traditionally made of hardwood, plastics are used in some Yamaha’s and Kawai’s. Agraffe-Brass piece that spaces and frets off springs. Usually found in grands; screws into the plate. Aliquot-Steel-bearing piece that frets off treble strings in some grands. Aluminum extrusions-Shaped bar stock … Read moreGlossary 2

Restoration Gold Case

Excerpts from Piano Technicians Journal September issue 2000 By Glen Hart Recently I had the privilege of restoring a 1903 Steinway, model B (7 feet), art case grand piano. I trained in New York City and gild under the name “Hart of Gold” in Grand Junction, Colorado. The owner of the piano contacted Steinway and … Read moreRestoration Gold Case

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George Michalski

GEORGE J. MICHALSKI Born in Poland, pianos were to become the life work and passion of George Michalski. His adolescent years were spent in music school learning keyboard and wood-wind instruments. In 1957, at the age of 25, he decided to make his passion his profession and was admitted to the Poznan School of Piano … Read moreGeorge Michalski

Golden Grand Restoration

THE RESTORATION OF THE GOLDEN GRAND Following the recommendation of Steinway Chairman, John H. Steinway, George Michalski entrusted the interior restoration to renowned piano conservationist, Lloyd Meyer of Camilleri Pianoworks LTD in New York. Famous concert artists and leading institutions like The Juilliard School of Music and The Peabody Conservatory have relied on Camilleri to … Read moreGolden Grand Restoration


SPECIAL SUNDAY EDITION June 19, 1983 STEINWAY NEWS One Hundred and Thirty Years of Service to Music John H. Steinway, great grandson of founder Henry Engelhard Steinway and, at that time, Chairman of Steinway & Sons had talked with George Michalski on several occasions over the years. In the spring of 1985, he met up … Read moreJOHN H. STEINWAY

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The Ayuso Family

From STEINWAY by Ronald V. Ratcliffe The Ayuso family, father and two sons, were responsible for the elaboration of numerous pianos for Steinway & sons. Juan Ayuso was a French citizen, born in Bordeaux to parents who had emigrated from the Basque region of Spain in 1848. Juan and his sons Eugene and Severo were … Read moreThe Ayuso Family

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The year was 1903, and a momentous time it was for the Steinway family as their renowned piano company had reached a milestone, 50 years. Joseph Burr Tiffany, a relative of Tiffany & Company’s founder Louis Comfort Tiffany, was Steinway’s chief designer for their celebrated Art Case Department. To commemorate this historic golden anniversary, Tiffany … Read moreSTEINWAY’S GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY CLASSICS


From STEINWAY by Ronald V. Ratcliffe In 1897 Joseph Burr Tiffany (1856-1917), from the illustrious family that founded Tiffany & Co., was appointed to head the newly established Art Case Department for Steinway & Co. J. Burr Tiffany received an aesthetic education in the family business and subsequently studied with Adrian Pottier, nephew of the … Read moreJOSEPH BURR TIFFANY

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Piano Teachers – Michigan – MI – 586

Piano Teachers Location Phone Email Website Johnny Dee Piano Clinton TWP, Michigan 586-243-0045 Diane M Stanard Eastpointe, Michigan 586-775-4832 Alyssa Vigneron Fair Haven, Michigan 586-484-0286 Min Kang Macomb, Michigan 586-566-5090 Email Private Piano Lessons With Cristina Macomb, Michigan 586-615-5553 Rob Meyer Northville, Michigan 586-344-9204 Email Jessica Schatz Novi, Michigan 586-943-0338 Denise M Vanden Bussche Richmond, … Read morePiano Teachers – Michigan – MI – 586

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Piano Teachers – Michigan – MI – 313

Piano Teachers Location Phone Email Website Anthony D Elliott Ann Arbor, Michigan 313-764-2523 Email Amber’s Piano Studio Allen Park, Michigan 313-461-5793 Dady Mehta Ann Arbor, Michigan 313-971-4443 Louis B Nagel Ann Arbor, Michigan 313-764-2511 Email Kimberly Roberts Dearborn, Michigan 313-561-8947 merryneth Dearborn, Michigan 313-919-3233 piano lessons at your home Dearborn, Michigan 313-919-3235 Elfriede Banks Detroit, … Read morePiano Teachers – Michigan – MI – 313

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Piano Teachers – Michigan – MI – 269

Piano Teachers Location Phone Email Website         Elizabeth F Walstrum Allegan, Michigan 269-673-5321 Email Glenda Specht Augusta, Michigan 269-731-3689 Email Ellen Tipton Battle Creek, Michigan 269-962-1775 Email Frances Isaac Battle Creek, Michigan 269-965-5081 Helga A Carpenter Battle Creek, Michigan 269-965-5565 Karla Rohrbacher Battle Creek, Michigan 269-965-6199 Sara Cleland Battle Creek, Michigan 269-962-6350 … Read morePiano Teachers – Michigan – MI – 269

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Piano Teachers – Michigan – MI – 248

Piano Teachers Location Phone Email Website Alla Tsvetkova Beverly Hills, Michigan 248-433-3113 Email Marian Parkins Bingham Farms, Michigan 248-642-7034 Email Carla Likich Birmingham, Michigan 248-642-2177 Music Innovations Birmingham, Michigan 248-366-8742 Keyboard Koncepts Birmingham, Michigan 248-670-4262 Barbara M Woolf Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 248-626-8868 Email Catherine Rollin Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 248-642-4769 Email Izabella Vilensky Bloomfield Hills, Michigan … Read morePiano Teachers – Michigan – MI – 248

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Piano Teachers – Michigan – MI – 810

  Piano Teachers Location Phone Email Website Beatrice M Wassenberg Algonac, Michigan 810-794-0098 Margaret Warczak Auburn Hills, Michigan 810-332-4975 Elizabeth Ann Walker Brighton, Michigan 810-227-0656 Email Victoria Banks Brown City, Michigan 810-346-3397 Email Laurie Cole Clio, Michigan 810-444-6386 Email Mary Lou Folger Clio, Michigan 810-687-3551 Karen Rutherford Croswell, Michigan 810-679-2507 Email Joyce Reid Deckerville, Michigan … Read morePiano Teachers – Michigan – MI – 810

Piano Teachers – Michigan – MI – 906

Piano Teachers Location Phone Email Website         Susan E Byykkonen Calumet, Michigan 906-337-2006 Email Charles H White Houghton, Michigan 906-483-0204 Email Myrna J Heyboer Iron Mountain, Michigan 906-779-0481 Email Beth’s Garden of Music L’Anse, Michigan 906-524-4550 Jonathan D Ensminger Laurium, Michigan 906-337-0713 Email Speech of Angels Music Menominee, Michigan 906-914-8060 Caren Worel … Read morePiano Teachers – Michigan – MI – 906

Piano Teachers – Michigan – MI – 989

Piano Teachers Location Phone Email Website Mary M Penzien Auburn, Michigan 989-662-6665 Email Suzanne Ambrose Auburn, Michigan 989-662-6404 Email Sally Voshell Au Gres, Michigan 989-876-4774 Email Jacqueline Willertz Bay City, Michigan 989-684-5159 Email Joyce Stapish Bay City, Michigan 989-894-0476 Karen L Story Bay City, Michigan 989-686-8914 Email Lisa M Keim Bay Port, Michigan 989-453-2776 Email … Read morePiano Teachers – Michigan – MI – 989

Piano Teachers – Michigan – MI – 517

Piano Teachers Location Phone Email Website         Kathryn’s Lessons Ann Arbor, Michigan 517-795-7617 Lia M Jensen-Abbott Albion, Michigan 517-629-2950 Email David Abbott Albion, Michigan 517-629-2950 Email Renu M V Maslovich Alma, Michigan 517-466-9863 Email Betty J Pavlov Bay City, Michigan 517-893-7139 Jo Ellen Braun Bay City, Michigan 517-686-0192 Charlotte M Williams Charlotte, … Read morePiano Teachers – Michigan – MI – 517

Piano Teachers – Michigan – MI – 734

Piano Teachers Location Phone Email Website Ann Arbor Area Piano Teachers Guild Ann Arbor, Michigan 734-665-5346 Anne Stanton Ann Arbor, Michigan 734-975-0969 Armena P Mardeosian Ann Arbor, Michigan 734-996-1949 Email Aya Higuchi Ann Arbor, Michigan 734-622-0156 Email Barbara Tritten – M.A. Music Education Ann Arbor, Michigan 734-429-2709 Beatrice M Ellis Ann Arbor, Michigan 734-327-9294 Email … Read morePiano Teachers – Michigan – MI – 734

Piano Teachers – Michigan – MI – 616

Piano Teachers Location Phone Email Website         Jackie Flint Piano Lessons Ada, Michigan 616-957-3288 Jane Heikoop Ada, Michigan 616-676-9451 Sherry Vanoveren Ada, Michigan 616-874-5593 Betz, Susan Music Studio Ada, Michigan 616-682-2455 Website Victoria E Sterzick Ada, Michigan 616-676-1909 Email Nannette L Tooman Allegan, Michigan 616-673-2237 Jane E Greenfield Alto, Michigan 616-868-6101 Thomas … Read morePiano Teachers – Michigan – MI – 616

Piano Teachers – Michigan – MI – 231

Piano Teachers Location Phone Email Website Kristine Dohse Alanson, Michigan 231-548-3055 Rose V Megregian Elk Rapids, Michigan 231-409-8303 Email Bernadine W Johnson Fremont, Michigan 231-924-4129 Email Thea Hoekman Fremont, Michigan 231-924-1504 Email Jennifer Lynn Rhodes Fruitport, Michigan 231-366-7032 Email Joy Notes Piano Studio Grant, Michigan 231-834-1921 Kerri Lee G Schendel Honor, Michigan 231-325-2670 Leslie J … Read morePiano Teachers – Michigan – MI – 231

The Piano Makers

Baldwin D.H. Baldwin, a music teacher and a piano salesman founded a firm which begun to manufacture pianos in 1889. After his death in 1899, his partners Lucien Wulsin and G.W. Armstrong made the Baldwin Piano Company into a model of enlightened industrial management. They treated their workers as craftsmen. They designed their factories with … Read moreThe Piano Makers

IV. The Development of Piano after Cristofori’s Death

After Cristofori’s death, other instrument builders made piano in radically different sizes and shapes, as well as mechanisms unlike Cristofori’s. Silbermann made improvements on the Cristofori piano based mostly on Johann Sebastian Bach’s criticisms of it in 1736-that the action was heavy and unpredictable, and the tone of the treble too weak. Silbermann introduced the … Read moreIV. The Development of Piano after Cristofori’s Death