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William Westney Residency

We are excited to welcome Dr. William Westney to NSMS, December 6th through 8th. He will observe lessons and classes at NSMS and coach students. Dr. Westney will also present a workshop for NSMS faculty and area piano teachers through the Frances Clark Center Residency Program. We invite you attend.

How Can a Wrong Note Be Perfect?

Wednesday, December 6th from 10:00-11:00AM

The New School for Music Study (4543 Route 27 in Kingston)

Is pianistic perfectionism healthy or not? Should we avoid mistakes or embrace them? Does the computer model (“always be careful to input accurate data”) make sense for us? Or are we athletes of a kind, training our bodies to perform special skills, who thus need to welcome honest mistakes in order to succeed? This presentation – inspiring, candid, sensible – questions much of the “conventional wisdom” about music lessons, and has been enthusiastically received at conventions and meetings across the U.S. and in Europe, Asia and South America.

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Pianist William Westney personifies a rare combination of abilities, having achieved distinction as concert artist, author, and award-winning educator. Winner of numerous performance prizes, most notably the Geneva International Competition, he has concertized on four continents to critical acclaim. Westney’s trailblazing, refreshing performance workshop “The Un-Master Class”® was profiled in a New York Times feature article and has been given at conservatories around the world. His first book The Perfect Wrong Note: Learning to Trust Your Musical Self (2003), an international bestseller, has become a pedagogical classic. Westney holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Yale University and is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Texas Tech University. William Westney’s latest book is Eros at the Piano: The Life-Energy of Classical Music (2023). Further info at


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