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Playing Piano Inside-Out

Playing the piano is like an onion... The best results happen when we create 'inside-out'. That is among the many topics covered when I was interviewed by Emma Lieumann from "Art of Piano Technique" on her YouTube channel. She is a maverick of the piano and on this...

Keys to Ultimate Piano Playing

My heart raced as I sat at the Steinway on stage.    My head was in a fog, watching in horror as my icy cold fingers slipped and slid along the piano keys.   Like a car spinning out on a sheet of black ice, I lost all control of my performance.   Wrong notes, rushing...

Let’s be honest

Why do we need Art? Why do we need it for a time such as this?   A few obvious answers come to mind: It is a creative outlet that channels energy productively.  Art is a higher expression that brings us closer to our essence.  It uplifts us and inspires us.    But the...

JS Bach: A Healer in his time

In this time of mandatory quarantining I've been noticing a lot of things that I've taken for granted. For instance, I anticipate the song of the red robin that sings outside my window in the morning. I've noticed that the sky seems clearer and the other night as I...

The Agony and the Ecstacy

Twenty years ago today I gave my NYC recital debut.   It was a cold, rainy Sunday.    I woke up with a strange mixture of anticipation and utter dread.   As I made my way into the cab to get to the hall, the rain stung my face.   "I can't do this..."   Luckily, there...

Is Music In Your Medicine Cabinet?

With the Corona virus scare, I wanted to share a FREE training of how music can help heal our body and protect it from harmful viruses.   In this short but POWERFUL training you will learn: How can music is a powerful form of treatment. What to listen to (along with a...

Tiny Changes are the Most Powerful

“...It smelled like waiting.”  Those words from Erica Bauermeister’s poetic book, The Scent Keeper wafted from the page. The evocation: Time in its own dance- sometimes fast, sometimes slow-- MEETS Our senses as they coalesce… THIS creates a new feeling...A sensation...

My homage to Liszt

People often ask me, "Margaret, who is your favorite composer?" That is an impossible question to answer, but if I had to boil it down to one person it would be Franz Liszt. My obsession with Liszt (yes, it's a real thing...and many people have it. It's been...

Ninja Tactics for 2020

HAPPY 2020! I wish you a New Year abounding in OVERFLOW joy, health, peace and prosperity this year. AND... I know you've heard well wishes like that for a long time... But this time it's different. WHY? Because I have a SECRET I'd like to share with you. Think of it...

The making of my new Mozart Recording

I love the line from the movie Amadeus where the actor playing Mozart says to the composer Salieri: "When one hears such sounds...one can only think: Salieri..." Of course, he meant it as a double meaning, but in the case of Mozart, one can truly say that his sound is...