Welcome to Pianist to Programmer

“If you make a mistake, just keep going.”

Welcome to my blog about how I, a lifelong musician and music teacher, became a computer programmer. I recently came to realize that playing the piano was boring, and teaching music was soul-killing, and I pretty much hated music, so it was time to try something different.

Well, okay, that’s not quite what happened. Actually not at all! What actually happened is more complicated, and the story is ongoing. I hope that by sharing my experience as a musician learning to be a programmer, it might help someone else who finds themself in a similar situation.

I hope to share some of the practical things that I’ve learned along the way. I don’t know exactly how it is going to turn out or what direction it will go, but I am giving myself a piece of advice that often give my piano students: If you make a mistake, just keep going.


Are you quitting music?

How did you get interested in tech?

Are you selling out?

What’s your favorite type of programming?

What is a pointer, and how does it work?

I have a really cool idea for a mobile app. Will you make it for me?

Are you having a midlife crisis?

Is HTML a programming language?

What does music have to do with programming? Why such a dramatic change?

Are you going into tech because you didn’t practice enough and failed as a musician?

Aren’t you too old to become a programmer?

If you are curious about the answers to any of these questions, stay tuned!

This is supposed to be the long and winding road of my journey from musician to software engineer.

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