As a writer, Linda Kobler has produced liner notes for many classical CDs, including the SONY Great Performances series of historic recordings. She has written program notes and essay booklets for Carnegie Hall, and articles for professional journals and encyclopedias. Her commentaries and record reviews have been featured on-air in National Public Radio's nationally syndicated program, Performance Today. Linda Kobler has also written Painless Piano Practice, a guide for parents and teachers working with children in daily practice sessions. Based on over 40 years of teaching experience, the book features dozens of practice techniques, games, and tips for helping children to learn and enjoy playing the piano.

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Painless Piano Practice

SONY: Great Performances: Isaac Stern-- Mendelssohn & Tchaikovsky Violin Concertos. Seiji Ozawa conducting Boston Symphony Orchestra;
Mstislav Rostropovich conducting National Symphony Orchestra, SMK 64127

SONY: Great Performances: Glenn Gould-- J.S. Bach, Goldberg Variations (his seoncd, 1981 recording), SMK 64126

SONY: Great Performances: Murray Perahia-- Mozart, Piano Concertos Nos. 21 & 22. English Chamber Orchestra, SMK 64128

SONY: Great Performances: John Williams-- Rodrigo, Concierto de Aranjuez, Fantasia para un gentilhombre. Louis Fremaux conducting
The Philharmonic Orchestra, SMK 64129

SONY: Great Performances: Yo-Yo Ma-- Dvorak, Cello Concerto, Lorin Maazel conducting Berlin Philharmonic

SONY: Great Performances: Kiri Te Kanawa-- Verdi, Puccini, Mozart. Sir John Pritchard conducting London Philharmonic Orchestra, SMK 60975

SONY: Great Performances: Esa-Pekka Salonen-- Sibelius, Symphony No. 5, "Finlandia." The Philharmonic Orchestra, SMK 66234

SONY: Joshua Bell-- Vivaldi, The Four Seasons. Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. #88697-11013-2

SONY: Joshua Bell-- Mendelssohn & Beethoven Violin Concertos. Sir Roger Norrington conducting Camerata Salzburg, SK 89505

SONY: Joshua Bell-- "Romance of the Violin." SK87894

SONY: Midori-- Mendelssohn & Bruch Violin Concertos. Mariss Jansons conducting Berlin Philharmonic, SK87740

SONY: Vladimir Horowitz-- "In the Hands of the Master." The Definitive Recordings (100 year tribute compilation), S3K93039

SONY: "The Great War: Classical and Popular Selections from the Time of World War I," SMK 60989 ------------>

SONY: Thomas Schippers-- Barber, Adagio for Strings, Orchestral and Chamber Works, SK94739

SONY: Edgar Meyer--Bach Unaccompanied Cello Suites (performed on double bass), SK89183

SONY: Richard Blackford-- "Mirror of Perfection," based on texts by St. Francis of Assisi, SK60285

SONY: Emmanuel Ax-- Haydn, Pianos Sonatas, SK 89363

RCA Red Seal: Sir Colin Davis-- Mozart Requiem , #82876-76236-2

MUSICAL HERITAGE: Harpsichord Music of the 18th Century: Royer and Moyreau, MHS 7553F

CLASSIC MASTERS: Seicento Cembalo, CMCD 1023

SONY/NPR, "Milestones of the Millennium"

Carnegie Hall "Perspectives" Festival Program
booklet with two essays by Linda Kobler


CARNEGIE HALL: Program Book: Peter Serkin, "Perspectives" series (two essays), for Perspectives Festival
CARNEGIE HALL: (Weill Hall), Program notes. David Walker & Timothy Hoeckman
CARNEGIE HALL: (opening of Zankel Hall), Andreas Scholl, Ton Koopman conducting Orchestra of St. Luka's


PERFORMANCE TODAY  selected list of on-air commentaries

Technique vs. artistry-- in music and in Olympic skating
The humble repeat
Diminishing attention spans in music
Germaine Taillefaire duo piano recording (review)
Who is qualified to judge?
Making a "Millennium List"
The harpsichord
Composers who transcend their time
Exercise the abdominals while listening to Mozart
Inside Albion Prison at Christmastime: singing the Messiah
"Listen to the Storyteller," (review of CD by Wynton Marsalis)
The Sounds of Silence (based on a Schubert Sonata)
Milestone of the Millennium (SONY CD; interview of Linda Kobler by host of Performance Today, Martin Goldsmith)
The love/hate relationship with pieces of music

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Every day across the world, parents and children engage in a test of wills: the daily music practice session. Parents have long agonized over how to get their children to practice, how to keep them motivated, and how to weather the inevitable highs and lows of learning to master a musical instrument. In simple parent-to-parent language, Linda Kobler addresses the questions and doubts that inevitably arise when working with children on a daily basis. Painless Piano Practice settles the issue of how much a child should practice and shows how a few minutes of engaging work can accomplish more than a long and laborious session. It sheds light on how children think, work, and play. The applications of the book go beyond mere piano practice, however. Linda Kobler shows how learning a musical instrument is the perfect vehicle for developing the physical, intellectual, and emotional skills children need to grow into productive, happy human beings. Over the life of their music lessons they --and their parents and teachers-- will deal with issues of discipline, analysis, problem-solving, setting goals, and achieving progress. Based on over 50 years of teaching experience, the manual features dozens of creative suggestions, practice techniques, games, and tips for helping children to learn and enjoy playing the piano.