Tell us about yourself:
I am a 61-year-old married woman living in the Los Angeles area. We have two grown daughters: one is a restauranteur in the Hamptons, NY (Calissa is the name of her gorgeous restaurant in Water Mill!) and the other is getting her Master's at the University of Cambridge in England. I am a voracious reader and have been teaching piano and writing piano instruction books for 34 years! Since Covid-19 hit our area, I have been teaching piano online using Facetime, Skype and Zoom. It is a great way to teach and to connect with my students while staying safe!
Area of knowledge and what I know well:
Piano instruction for adults over 50, and I'm a music and cognitive science researcher. Check out my fun piano books here: https://www.upperhandspiano.com/
Certificates/Awards
I studied Women's Studies, philosophy and music at UCLA in the late 70s/early 80s.
I was a film composer in the 1990s-2000s (see my website GailiSchoen.com)
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Thanks @APassionateLife ! I'm still teaching online now in 2023. By the way, I am offering free video piano classes on Sixty and Me. The introduction was posted today! https://sixtyandme.com/piano-lessons/
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Yes, if it's really long, it's got to really grab you! I heard The Maid was great. I'll put it on my TBR list 📚
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How did The Golden Notebook go? Did you finish it? I've got some new recommendations - LOVED Emma Straub's new book called This Time Tomorrow. Also loved Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt, The Summer Place by Jennifer Weiner, and One Ita...
UpperHandsPiano 06-17-2022 09:38 PM
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I write a blog giving recommendations for books about adults over 50,RipeReads.net.  I just finished a fun book called The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal, and am now loving reading A Year by the Sea by Joan Anderson. 
UpperHandsPiano 04-23-2022 10:28 AM
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The Staying Sharp program has been helping me to lose weight! I have been increasing my protein and fiber at each meal and decreasing everything else, including snacks in between meals. Thanks for the recipes!
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Thanks @APassionateLife ! I'm still teaching online now in 2023. By the way, I am offering free video piano classes on Sixty and Me. The introduction was posted today! https://sixtyandme.com/piano-lessons/
UpperHandsPiano 01-05-2023 03:12 PM
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Yes, if it's really long, it's got to really grab you! I heard The Maid was great. I'll put it on my TBR list 📚
UpperHandsPiano 06-20-2022 09:43 PM
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How did The Golden Notebook go? Did you finish it? I've got some new recommendations - LOVED Emma Straub's new book called This Time Tomorrow. Also loved Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt, The Summer Place by Jennifer Weiner, and One Ita...
UpperHandsPiano 06-17-2022 09:38 PM
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I write a blog giving recommendations for books about adults over 50,RipeReads.net.  I just finished a fun book called The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal, and am now loving reading A Year by the Sea by Joan Anderson. 
UpperHandsPiano 04-23-2022 10:28 AM
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The Staying Sharp program has been helping me to lose weight! I have been increasing my protein and fiber at each meal and decreasing everything else, including snacks in between meals. Thanks for the recipes!
UpperHandsPiano 04-22-2022 05:15 PM
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Thanks @APassionateLife ! I'm still teaching online now in 2023. By the way, I am offering free video piano classes on Sixty and Me. The introduction was posted today! https://sixtyandme.com/piano-lessons/
UpperHandsPiano 01-05-2023 03:12 PM
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Yes, if it's really long, it's got to really grab you! I heard The Maid was great. I'll put it on my TBR list 📚
UpperHandsPiano 06-20-2022 09:43 PM
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How did The Golden Notebook go? Did you finish it? I've got some new recommendations - LOVED Emma Straub's new book called This Time Tomorrow. Also loved Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt, The Summer Place by Jennifer Weiner, and One Ita...
UpperHandsPiano 06-17-2022 09:38 PM
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I write a blog giving recommendations for books about adults over 50,RipeReads.net.  I just finished a fun book called The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal, and am now loving reading A Year by the Sea by Joan Anderson. 
UpperHandsPiano 04-23-2022 10:28 AM
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The Staying Sharp program has been helping me to lose weight! I have been increasing my protein and fiber at each meal and decreasing everything else, including snacks in between meals. Thanks for the recipes!
UpperHandsPiano 04-22-2022 05:15 PM
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