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Clarkson Piano: Piano Lessons & Pianos

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Welcome to Clarkson Piano Studio!

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A warm welcome to all from Boris, Vesna and Family

From earliest childhood into today, everything in our lives is connected with - the piano. Piano is what connected the two of us, too. 33 years ago. The piano study was an important activity that helped the upbringing of our both children, now adults with multiple Academic credentials that we are so proud of!

Vesna and I feel so very fortunate to have studied with truly fascinating teachers and artists, in the past. In addition, this beautiful piano and music life journey has connected us with a long list of World-renowned artists and educators providing invaluable, just incredible additional input and inspiration.

We very much enjoy sharing it all with our amazing students. Teaching, in our view, shall be an enjoyable exchange; an opportunity for providing positive input, and encouragement, helping students develop musical freedom, pride and appreciation for this gorgeous gift of music-making that we are fortunate to enjoy and share.

Our Studio setting and atmosphere is a reflection of our love for what we do, wishing to create an inspiring, motivating music-learning environment...Thank you for being a part of it all!

Much more is ahead - looking forward to continuing our piano journey - Welcome to Clarkson Piano!

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Inspirational Musical Quotes

Beautiful Quotes Piano Related

“Sometimes I can only groan, and suffer, and pour out my despair at the piano.” – Frederic Chopin


“You write to become immortal, or because the piano happens to be open, or you’ve looked into a pair of beautiful eyes.” – Robert Schumann


“The piano is a monster that screams when you touch its teeth.” – Andre Segovia


“There’s nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself.” – Johann Sebastian Bach


“I tell my piano the things I used to tell you.” – Chopin

 “Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul.” – Wassily Kandinsky


 “Pianos, unlike people, sing when you give them your every growl. They know how to dive into the pit of your stomach and harmonize with your roars when you’ve split yourself open.


"And when they see you, guts shining, brain pulsing, heart right there exposed in a rhythm that beats need need, need need, need need, pianos do not run. And so she plays.” – Francesca Lia Block


“When you play, never mind who listens to you.” – Robert Schumann


“Everybody told me this ‘girl on the piano thing’ was never going to work.” – Tori Amos


“I had never before thought of how awful the relationship must be between the musician and his instrument. He has to fill it, this instrument, with the breath of life, his own. He has to make it do what he wants it to do.

And a piano is just a piano. It’s made out of so much wood and wires and little hammers and big ones, and ivory. While there’s only so much you can do with it, the only way to find this out is to try; to try and make it do everything.” – James Baldwin


“The piano ain’t got no wrong notes.” – Thelonious Monk


“What has keys but can’t listen to the beauty it unlocks? A piano – Jarod Kintz


“Life is like a piano. What you get out of it depends on how you play it.” – Tom Lehrer


“Sometimes I feel like a melody doesn’t have anything to do with me, but it’s just something that comes, is accumulated from me playing on the piano, and then this little creature just appears.” – Agnes Obel


 “One of my biggest thrills for me still is sitting down with a guitar or a piano and just out of nowhere trying to make a song happen.” – Paul McCartney


“The piano keys are black and white but they sound like a million colors in your mind.” – Maria Cristina Mena


“Without a piano I don’t know how to stand, don’t know what to do with my hands.” – Norah Jones


“I’m an interpreter of stories. When I perform it’s like sitting down at my piano and telling fairy stories.” – Nat King Cole


“Sometimes I can only groan, and suffer, and pour out my despair at the piano.” – Frederic Chopin


“You write to become immortal, or because the piano happens to be open, or you’ve looked into a pair of beautiful eyes.” – Robert Schumann


“The piano is a monster that screams when you touch its teeth.” – Andre Segovia


“There’s nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself.” – Johann Sebastian Bach


“I tell my piano the things I used to tell you.” – Chopin


“I believe in using the entire piano as a single instrument capable of expressing every possible musical idea.” – Oscar Peterson


 “The piano is able to communicate the subtlest universal truths by means of wood, metal and vibrating air.” – Kenneth Miller


“The piano as a medium for expression is a whole world by itself. No other instrument can fill or replace its own say in the world of emotion, sentiment, poetry, imagery and fancy” – Leopold Godowsky


 “As for the piano, the faster her fingers flew over it, the more he marveled. She struck the keys with aplomb and ran from one end of the keyboard to the other without a stop.” ― Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary


“When I had nothing else, I had my mother and the piano. And you know what? They were all I needed.” – Alicia Keys


“There are eighty-eight keys on a piano and within that, an entire universe.” ― James Rhodes


“The important thing is to feel your music, really feel it and believe it.” – Ray Charles


MUSICAL QUOTES

“It occurred to me by intuition, and the music was the driving force behind that intuition. My discovery was a result of musical perception” – A. Einstein when asked about his famous Theory of Relativity

"I firmly believe that music is a thrill, not a frill." the late Sheri Lewis

"Have you ever wondered why young people take to music like fish to water? Maybe it's because music is fun. Plan and simple. It opens up their minds to dream great dreams about where they can go and what they can do when they get older." Isaac Hayes, composer/arranger/performer

"The Japanese consider the study of music important for their engineers. Playing a musical instrument involves discipline, creativity and conceptualization. These attributes, added to engineering talent, help produce results that are not only functional but also harmonious in every way. Music reaches across cultures and needs no translation." Shirley Young, VP, Consumer Market Development, General Motors

"A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song." Maya Angelou, poet

"Music is Brain food..." the late Sheri Lewis

"Music gives us a language that cuts across the disciplines, helps us to see connections and brings a more coherent meaning to our world." Ernest Boyer, Carnegie Foundation President

"Study after study has proven that music education dramatically increases early brain development and improves students' overall academic performance. But music does so much more! It makes your mood more pleasant, your child a happier person, the car ride more fun and enjoyable, and your life more fulfilling." Lynn Kleiner, author of "Kids Make Music! Twos and Threes for Parents and Their Children"

"The facts are all there...music education really helps your brain." Clint Black, recording artist

"Our schools tend to refine intellects but neglect to discipline emotions. For anyone to grow up complete, music is imperative." Paul Harvey, broadcaster and commentator

"I was lucky enough to have music lessons when I was young...I think it's good for a child to have a positive addiction." Christina Applegate, actress

"Music training is a more potent instrument than any other, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul." Plato

"The man that hath no music in himself ... let no such man be trusted." William Shakespeare

"The things I learned from my experience in music in school are discipline, perseverance, dependability, composure, courage, and pride in results. Not a bad preparation for the work force!" Gregory Anrig, President, Educational Testing Service

"Almost all children respond to music. Music is an open-sesame, and if you can use it carefully and appropriately, you can reach into that child's potential for development." Dr. Clive Robbins, Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Clinic

"Music helps all types of people to remain forever young. Simply put, music can heal people." Senator Harry Reid (D-Nevada)

From the very first... ...MUSIC has been closely associated with the intimate lives of all peoples. It has served as a comfort in times of sorrow, and has always been the ultimate expression of joy. No medium of expression is chosen so extensively and universally by mankind as an emotional release, nor has any other art made a more significant contribution to LIFE.

Music is the art of thinking in sounds..

Musical training is more potent instrument then any other, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul.

Music is magic

Music… the remedy for heart and mind...

Music has life enhancing powers.

MUSIC is one GIFT that really does keep GIVING!

It is the nature of MUSIC in its highest form to express in sounds what is inexpressible in words...

Sine Musica Nulla Vita

“It occurred to me by intuition, and the music was the driving force behind that intuition. My discovery was a result of musical perception” – A. Einstein when asked about his famous Theory of Relativity

WRONG: We don’t like their sound, and the guitar music is on the way out!” – Decca recording Co. rejecting Beatles, 1962

Music is a higher revelation then all wisdom and philosophy. Music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks and invents – L. van Beethoven

Bach gave us God’s word. Mozart gave us God’s laughter. Beethoven gave us God’s fire. God gave us Music that we might pray without words…

A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence. ~Leopold Stokowski

Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. ~Berthold Auerbach

All deep things are song. It seems somehow the very central essence of us, song; as if all the rest were but wrappages and hulls! ~Thomas Carlyle

If the King loves music, it is well with the land. ~Mencius

Without music life would be a mistake. ~Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons. You will find it is to the soul what a water bath is to the body. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music. ~Gustav Mahler

Why waste money on psychotherapy when you can listen to the B Minor Mass? ~Michael Torke

And the night shall be filled with music,

And the cares that infest the day

Shall fold their tents like the Arabs

And as silently steal away.

~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Day Is Done

He who sings scares away his woes. ~Cervantes

Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness. ~Maya Angelou, Gather Together in My Name

Were it not for music, we might in these days say, the Beautiful is dead. ~Benjamin Disraeli

Music is what feelings sound like. ~Author Unknown

If I ever die of a heart attack, I hope it will be from playing my stereo too loud. ~Anonymous

There's music in the sighing of a reed;

There's music in the gushing of a rill;

There's music in all things, if men had ears:

Their earth is but an echo of the spheres.

~Lord Byron

Musical compositions, it should be remembered, do not inhabit certain countries, certain museums, like paintings and statues. The Mozart Quintet is not shut up in Salzburg: I have it in my pocket. ~Henri Rabaud

Music is the poetry of the air. ~Richter

If I were to begin life again, I would devote it to music. It is the only cheap and unpunished rapture upon earth. Sydney Smith

There is nothing in the world so much like prayer as music is. ~William P. Merrill

Men profess to be lovers of music, but for the most part they give no evidence in their opinions and lives that they have heard it. ~Henry David Thoreau

Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life. ~Ludwig van Beethoven

I have my own particular sorrows, loves, delights; and you have yours. But sorrow, gladness, yearning, hope, love, belong to all of us, in all times and in all places. Music is the only means whereby we feel these emotions in their universality. ~H.A. Overstreet

My idea is that there is music in the air, music all around us; the world is full of it, and you simply take as much as you require. ~Edward Elgar

Alas for those that never sing,

But die with all their music in them!

~Oliver Wendell Holmes

Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. ~Charlie Parker

Life can't be all bad when for ten dollars you can buy all the Beethoven sonatas and listen to them for ten years. ~William F. Buckley, Jr.

Music cleanses the understanding; inspires it, and lifts it into a realm which it would not reach if it were left to itself. ~Henry Ward Beecher

Play the music, not the instrument. ~Author Unknown

Music is the wine which inspires one to new generative processes, and I am Bacchus who presses out this glorious wine for mankind and makes them spiritually drunken. ~Ludwig van Beethoven

[An intellectual] is someone who can listen to the "William Tell Overture" without thinking of the Lone Ranger. ~John Chesson

Music's the medicine of the mind. ~John A. Logan

You are the music while the music lasts. ~T.S. Eliot

Music is the universal language of mankind. ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Outre-Mer

Music rots when it gets too far from the dance. Poetry atrophies when it gets too far from music. ~Ezra Pound

He who hears music, feels his solitude peopled at once. ~Robert Browning

You can't possibly hear the last movement of Beethoven's Seventh and go slow. ~Oscar Levant, explaining his way out of a speeding ticket

What we provide is an atmosphere... of orchestrated pulse which works on people in a subliminal way. Under its influence I've seen shy debs and severe dowagers kick off their shoes and raise some wholesome hell. ~Meyer Davis, about his orchestra

Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent. ~Victor Hugo

...where music dwells

Lingering - and wandering on as loth to die...

~William Wordsworth, "Within King's College Chapel, Cambridge"

Music has been my playmate, my lover, and my crying towel. ~Buffy Sainte-Marie

Music is an outburst of the soul. ~Frederick Delius

Music is the art which is most nigh to tears and memory. ~Oscar Wilde

In music the passions enjoy themselves. ~Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil, 1886

If this word "music" is sacred and reserved for eighteenth and nineteenth century instruments, we can substitute a more meaningful term: organization of sound. ~John Cage

Its language is a language which the soul alone understands, but which the soul can never translate. ~Arnold Bennett

Music expresses feeling and thought, without language; it was below and before speech, and it is above and beyond all words. ~Robert G. Ingersoll

Music is the literature of the heart; it commences where speech ends. ~Alphonse de Lamartine

There is in souls a sympathy with sounds:

And as the mind is pitch'd the ear is pleased

With melting airs, or martial, brisk or grave;

Some chord in unison with what we hear

Is touch'd within us, and the heart replies.

~William Cowper

When words leave off, music begins. ~Heinrich Heine

Truly to sing, that is a different breath. ~Rainer Maria Rilke

Music is the shorthand of emotion. ~Leo Tolstoy

There is no truer truth obtainable

By Man than comes of music.

~Robert Browning

Most people use music as a couch; they want to be pillowed on it, relaxed and consoled for the stress of daily living. But serious music was never meant to be soporific. ~Aaron Copland

What passion cannot music raise and quell! ~John Dryden

The joy of music should never be interrupted by a commercial. ~Leonard Bernstein

Music, when soft voices die

Vibrates in the memory -

~Percy Bysshe Shelley

A jazz musician is a juggler who uses harmonies instead of oranges. ~Benny Green

The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes - ah, that is where the art resides! ~Artur Schnabel

The pause is as important as the note. ~Truman Fisher

The city is built

To music, therefore never built at all,

And therefore built forever.

~Alfred Lord Tennyson

Silence is the fabric upon which the notes are woven. ~Lawrence Duncan

Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without. ~Confucius

Rock music in its lyrics often talks ahead of the time about what's going on in the country. ~Edmund G. Brown

Music can noble hints impart,

Engender fury, kindle love,

With unsuspected eloquence can move,

And manage all the man with secret art.

~Joseph Addison

My whole trick is to keep the tune well out in front. If I play Tchaikovsky, I play his melodies and skip his spiritual struggle. ~Liberace

Music that gentlier on the spirit lies,

Than tired eyelids upon tired eyes.

~Alfred Lord Tennyson

The discovery of song and the creation of musical instruments both owed their origin to a human impulse which lies much deeper than conscious intention: the need for rhythm in life… the need is a deep one, transcending thought, and disregarded at our peril. ~Richard Baker

Music is the medicine of the breaking heart. ~Leigh Hunt

Classical music is the kind we keep thinking will turn into a tune. ~Frank McKinney "Kin" Hubbard, Comments of Abe Martin and His Neighbors, 1923

Country music is three chords and the truth. ~Harlan Howard

An artist, in giving a concert, should not demand an entrance fee but should ask the public to pay, just before leaving as much as they like. From the sum he would be able to judge what the world thinks of him - and we would have fewer mediocre concerts. ~Kit Coleman, Kit Coleman: Queen of Hearts

I think sometimes could I only have music on my own terms, could I live in a great city, and know where I could go whenever I wished the ablution and inundation of musical waves, that were a bath and a medicine. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Are we not formed, as notes of music are,

For one another, though dissimilar?

~Percy Bysshe Shelley

Music, once admitted to the soul, becomes a sort of spirit, and never dies. ~Edward George Bulwer-Lytton

A song has a few rights the same as ordinary citizens... if it happens to feel like flying where humans cannot fly... to scale mountains that are not there, who shall stop it? ~Charles Ives

The pleasure we obtain from music comes from counting, but counting unconsciously. Music is nothing but unconscious arithmetic. ~Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz

After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music. ~Aldous Huxley, Music at Night and Other Essays

Music is love in search of a word. ~Sidney Lanier

It is incontestable that music induces in us a sense of the infinite and the contemplation of the invisible. ~Victor de LaPrade

Music is moonlight in the gloomy night of life. ~Jean Paul Richter

Music is a friend of labor for it lightens the task by refreshing the nerves and spirit of the worker. ~William Green

If anyone has conducted a Beethoven performance, and then doesn't have to go to an osteopath, then there's something wrong. ~Simon Rattle

Bach opens a vista to the universe. After experiencing him, people feel there is meaning to life after all. ~Helmut Walcha

I worry that the person who thought up Muzak may be thinking up something else. ~Lily Tomlin

Opera is where a guy gets stabbed in the back, and instead of dying, he sings. ~Robert Benchley

No good opera plot can be sensible:... people do not sing when they are feeling sensible. ~W.H. Auden, Time, 29 December 1961

To be continued...