About The Book
Piano Moments is a collection of short stories that relate to the piano. The piano has played a significant role in my life ever since I was a child. Each person has special moments in their life that they will never be able to forget. These are some of the stories that I remember.
Each piano moment includes a Bible verse and life applications. Your life can become better if you will take the time to meditate on these reflections. While you are reading Piano Moments, try to remember stories in your life that are similar to the ones that I have shared. I encourage you to keep a journal while you read Piano Moments. Answer the questions at the end of each chapter and record your own memories, lessons, and favorite verses. You do not need to be a pianist to understand and benefit from these piano moments. I am sure that you will be able to identify with these stories in one way or another.
Mark Paulson – Piano Teacher and Author
About The Authors
Mark Paulson studied music for one year at Crown College in Minnesota. He received an associate’s degree in religious arts from Northeastern Bible College and a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from Montclair State University. He has performed secular and sacred music as an entertainer and a church musician for over thirty-five years. Mr. Paulson teaches private piano lessons in his students’ homes in New Jersey. Some of his students are just beginning while others are performing advanced repertoire. Piano Moments is Mr. Paulson’s second book. His first book is called God’s Cycle of Music: A Musician’s Explanation of God’s Purpose and Meaning for Our Lives. Mr. Paulson lives in West Orange, New Jersey. He is married to Sondra Paulson. Their three children are Marshall, Elliott, and Heidi.
Sondra Paulson holds a bachelor’s degree in music from Montclair State University and a master’s of education degree from Gratz College. She has taught general and vocal music in public schools in New Jersey for almost thirty years. Sondra also has a successful career as a professional photographer. Many people use her photographs in books and magazines. Sondra lives with her husband, Mark Paulson, in West Orange, New Jersey. They have three children: Marshall, Elliott, and Heidi.
Piano Moments is an engaging devotional book filled with short stories from the life of a Christian pianist. The skills taught through music study come alive in exciting life experiences. Lessons on fear and grace, sacrifice and commitment, hard work and maturity, beauty and tranquility, not to mention donuts and Captain Silver, are intertwined with artistic, award-winning photographs and real life applications. Musician or otherwise, take a moment and be blessed!
Heather Rathnau, NCTM – Author of Theory Time
Piano Moments offers refreshing, concise, and practical contemplations. It is a musical rendition of Our Daily Bread! Not written only for the musically adept, the book is an original compilation of photographs, stories, Bible verses, and practical questions that are relevant, thought-provoking, and inviting. It applies to the teacher, piano student, and music aficionado.
Dr. Connie Carson – Healthcare Consultant
Piano Moments is a gem! Each story, filled with Biblical wisdom, comes with appropriate scriptures and thoughts for meditation. From “Never Too Old to Learn” to “Disagreeing with My Teacher,” the topics are chosen with care and direction. Whether you are a pianist or not, you will be blessed by the spiritual nuggets found in Piano Moments!
Dr. Patrick Kavanaugh – Executive Director, Christian Performing Artists’ Fellowship