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Sarah Taveras

What inspired you to play piano? I'm not really sure! If my memory is correct, I think the neighborhood kids were starting to take lessons and I wanted to too.

At what age did you start playing? I was 3 years old when I got started. 

What memories/stories do you have of piano lessons? One of my earliest memories was sitting with my mom and reviewing homemade music flashcards. My mom made them to help me learn to read the notes, time signatures, and all sorts of music theory when I first started lessons. I can remember pieces of my first recital. I remember trying to fake my way through a few lessons when I hadn't practiced much and my teacher calling me out on it immediately! While I loved learning the pieces to play, I also really loved the time my teacher took to sit and teach me the theory behind everything I was seeing on the page. It felt like bonus lessons! Piano lessons opened the door to so much more for me. It was always such a constant for me in my life.


Do you have a favorite piece/style of music to play? Musical theater has always been my favorite style to play, but as I've gotten older I've taken a second interest in the classics. When I was younger, I couldn't wait to get out of the classics and pick what I wanted to learn... but now I wish I had done more with it.

As an adult, why do you still enjoy playing piano? I don't play as much as I used to, but when I sit down to play it feels like hanging out with an old friend. Everything comes back so quickly and it's like there's been no time away. I'll always enjoy expressing myself through those keys. 


Do you have a favorite experience that involves the piano? My favorite experiences are always the ones where there's a challenging piece or passage to play, and hearing it finally come together. It feels like your fingers are working some magic!


If you teach piano, what has been your most memorable teaching experience? Now, I'm not actually a teacher but my husband was talking about learning at some point. We took a Friday evening and for hours I was teaching him and we were having a blast together. 


What do you enjoy doing when you’re not playing piano? When not playing the piano, I enjoy crocheting, reading, and grabbing a coffee and great conversation with friends. 


What do you/or have you done for a living? I am a social worker. 


Where do you live? (city, state, country) I live in New York City, New York, United States. 

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