A/B intro. Learning how to play the piano also means learning how to express our complex inner world to its fullest through music. As a pianist, performer and educator who has built solid experiences in this field over the last 10 years, I believe that piano lessons are a therapy of sorts that help students assess their emotions, check-in with themselves, and learn how to deal with many stress-related factors such as fear of performing and physical tension. Listen if you want to be listened to, is a rule I always try to follow, and I’ve learned that educators need to listen in different ways, not strictly through verbal communication. Basing myself on the findings of x study I have been incorporating mindfulness oriented meditations into the lessons helping students increase their own self-awareness, learn breathing techniques to help them calm down in stressful situations, and understand how to connect with different parts of their bodies, all aspects which are equally useful to have when playing the piano. In order to create a space where the student is given this much freedom to be themselves no matter how they’re feeling in the moment means being an educator who is also emotionally available, patient, and nurturing. More traditional authoritative teaching styles create a tense environment likely to negatively effect the learner’s confidence and self-esteem over time. Learners want reassurance, they want to feel like they are on the right track, or at least that they are on some sort of track, and that you, their educator and mentor, are available to guide them through it all.