Making music side by side

| July 24, 2012

Pianists, think back to your first experience playing the piano alongside another.  For me, it was at home at age eight, sitting on the bench of our just-delivered Kawai upright with my mother.  At that moment, I knew nothing about …

Key People: Jennifer Linn

| May 9, 2012

Jennifer Linn (center) with two representatives from J.W. Pepper at a 2004 Piano Workshop near Atlanta.

My colleague, Cindy Harrington, and I had the privilege of interviewing Jennifer Linn – pianist,  private teacher, clinician and Manager of Educational Piano Music …

Key People: Dr. Matthew Edwards, Part 2

| February 28, 2012

Dr. Matthew Edwards

Dr. Matthew Edwards

Here is the second part of our two-part interview with Dr. Matthew Edwards.  Dr. Edwards is a prolific composer, editor, piano professor, concert pianist and musicologist.  Click here to read Part 1.

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Key People: Dr. Matthew Edwards, Part 1

| February 21, 2012

Dr. Matthew Edwards
Dr. Matthew Edwards

Cindy Harrington and I had the privilege of interviewing Dr. Matthew Edwards and think you will find his many musical roles intriguing.  From composing and editing to being a concert pianist, a musicologist, and a piano professor

Raise Your Hands – A Conversation with Heather Sorenson

| September 15, 2011

Heather Sorenson

Heather Sorenson was born in Illinois and lived in a number of places throughout her childhood, finally settling in the beautiful city of Dallas, Texas.  While the city may brag about the Ewings, J.R. and Sue Ellen, who …

Key People: Interview with Wynn-Anne Rossi

| August 30, 2011

Wynn-Ann Rossi

Wynn-Ann Rossi

Crystal Desch and I had the honor of interviewing Wynn-Anne Rossi, and we think you’ll find her as we did, an inspirational composer, pianist and teacher.  Among her many musical roles, Wynn-Anne is a highly creative composer of student-level …

Key People: Robert Vandall, Part 2

| June 1, 2011

Last month, we presented Part 1 of our interview with Robert D. Vandall.  This is Part 2.  Robert Vandall is one of this country’s most prolific and popular composers of educational piano music.  He and his wife, Karen, operate a thriving independent piano …

Key People: Robert Vandall, Part 1

| May 5, 2011

Robert Vandall

Robert Vandall

Crystal Desch and I recently interviewed Robert D. Vandall by phone.  Robert Vandall is one of this country’s most prolific and popular composers of educational piano music.  He and his wife, Karen, operate a thriving independent piano studio in …

Key People: Randall Faber, Part 2

| March 8, 2011

Here is the second part of our two-part interview with Randall Faber.  Dr. Faber and his wife, Nancy, are authors of the best-selling piano method, Piano Adventures® and many other educational piano publications.  Click here to read Part 1.

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Key People: Randall Faber, Part 1

| February 22, 2011

Randall Faber

Randall Faber

Today we introduce a new series to the Pepper blog, Key People – interviews with some of the most inspiring composers, educators and pianists in today’s keyboard community.  Last week, my colleague, Crystal Desch, and I had the honor of …