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Erica Sipes
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Finding my roots in new soil
The last few years have been interesting.  I have gone from both my husband and I teaching in universities and performing to both of us moving out of academia, relocating to a new town, and taking up a job in a completely different field.  For the past two ...
The last few years have been interesting. I have gone from both my husband and I teaching in universities and performing to both of us moving out of academia, relocating to a new town, and taking up a job in a completely dif...
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A taste of something different - Annie Moses Band's Fine Arts Summer Academy
As a long-time blogger I frequently receive emails from people in the music industry who are wanting to know if I'd be willing to feature them on my blog.  I always check everyone out that contacts me but rarely do I agree to do a post because I consider th...
As a long-time blogger I frequently receive emails from people in the music industry who are wanting to know if I'd be willing to feature them on my blog.  I always check everyone out that contacts me but rarely do I agree to...
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Giveaway of my book, Inspired Practice and SPECIAL SALE!!!!
A few weeks ago I was contacted by the inspiring and wonderful Wendy Stevens  - pianist, composer, blogger, and entrepreneur extraordinaire.  If you haven't run across her before, you need to get to know her, especially if you are a pianist and even more so...
A few weeks ago I was contacted by the inspiring and wonderful Wendy Stevens - pianist, composer, blogger, and entrepreneur extraordinaire.  If you haven't run across her before, you need to get to know her, especially if you...
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Let me count the ways - a piano collaborator's ode to an artform
I recently had the great joy of giving a masterclass for young pianists who were trying their hands, many for the first time I believe, at collaborating with their peers.  Readers of my blog will not be surprised to hear that I ate up every moment of our ti...
I recently had the great joy of giving a masterclass for young pianists who were trying their hands, many for the first time I believe, at collaborating with their peers.  Readers of my blog will not be surprised to hear that...
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A brave but beautiful new world
Life has been so good to me lately.  A bit baffling, but good.  I've been adding "workshop presenter" to my list of things that I do and even though this had never been part of my picture and I'm still getting used to being on stage in this different sort o...
Life has been so good to me lately.  A bit baffling, but good.  I've been adding "workshop presenter" to my list of things that I do and even though this had never been part of my picture and I'm still getting used to being o...
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Want to know what I think about practicing?
A few weeks ago Sam Rao, the CEO and developer of a soon to be released practice app called Practicia , asked me to do an interview with him.  As usual I had a bit of a difficult time keeping my answers short and sweet - I always have so much to say about p...
A few weeks ago Sam Rao, the CEO and developer of a soon to be released practice app called Practicia, asked me to do an interview with him.  As usual I had a bit of a difficult time keeping my answers short and sweet - I alw...
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Getting students hooked on practicing - game on, video game world!
As music educators and parents of
musical students we probably all have in our repertoire of questions, “Have you
practiced yet today?” or “How many hours did you practice this week?”   They are the questions we often feel we
have to ask but also dread beca...
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Making sense of a Richard Strauss song through botany
Yes, you read that correctly.  In the course of this one blog post I am going to attempt to use a brief study in botany to unravel an issue I am having in the accompaniment to a song by Richard Strauss. Ready? My problem started with a rehearsal I had with ...
Yes, you read that correctly.  In the course of this one blog post I am going to attempt to use a brief study in botany to unravel an issue I am having in the accompaniment to a song by Richard Strauss. Ready? My problem star...
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A fresh new view of "technique"
I have been told ever since I was a little girl that I have great, natural technique.  But here's the odd thing - I have consistently avoided practicing technique all of my life.  As a matter of fact, and this is the first time I've publicly admitted this, ...
I have been told ever since I was a little girl that I have great, natural technique.  But here's the odd thing - I have consistently avoided practicing technique all of my life.  As a matter of fact, and this is the first ti...
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New livestreaming project! "Practice on a Dime of Time"
I've decided to get back into livestreaming my practice sessions.  This time my goal is to record in shorter segments, between 10 and 20 minutes at a time which is why I'm calling this series, as corny as it is, "Practice on a Dime of Time."  My thought is ...
I've decided to get back into livestreaming my practice sessions.  This time my goal is to record in shorter segments, between 10 and 20 minutes at a time which is why I'm calling this series, as corny as it is, "Practice on ...
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Learning to productively say, "Forget you!" in the practice room
You may already find yourself saying this a lot in the practice room... "FORGET YOU!$&%&$&&%*&#!!!!!!!!!!!!" In most cases I suspect that phrase isn't being used in the most productive way.  I'm here to turn that around. Picture this...it's practice time ...
You may already find yourself saying this a lot in the practice room... "FORGET YOU!$&%&$*&*&%*&#!!!!!!!!!!!!" In most cases I suspect that phrase isn't being used in the most productive way.  I'm here to turn that around. Pi...
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Insisting on seeing possibility after the storm
It's been a while since I last posted. A lot has happened over this past year, some of which has been challenging physically and emotionally but in all honesty I really don't regret any of it. I find myself now in a completely different place and time and e...
It's been a while since I last posted. A lot has happened over this past year, some of which has been challenging physically and emotionally but in all honesty I really don't regret any of it. I find myself now in a completel...
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Have her in circles
421 people
Greg Sandow's profile photo
Kaz Yasuda's profile photo
Susan Myers's profile photo
Ralph Burnett | Composer's profile photo
muhamad azaden's profile photo
M. Rauf's profile photo
FESTIVAL de PIANO plaine du Forez Montrond-les-Bains Compétition Jeunes Talents's profile photo
Francesco De Santis's profile photo
Andrea Dow's profile photo
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Freelance pianist
Employment
  • Chamber musician
    present
  • Practice coach
    present
  • Piano collaborator
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  • Freelance pianist
    present
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Gender
Female
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My passion is to help others in the community, young, old, and everyone in between, find relevance and joy in learning, performing or listening to classical music.
Education
  • Eastman School of Music
    BM, Piano Performance, 1991 - 1996
  • Eastman School of Music
    MM, Piano Performance, 1996 - 1998