In this lumius book, Tricia Tunstall explores the enduring fascination of the pia lesson. Even as everything else about the world of music changes, the pia lesson retains its appeal. Drawing on her own lifelong experience as a student and teacher, Tunstall writes about the mysteries and delights of pia teaching and learning. What is it that happens in a pia lesson to make it such a durable ritual? In a world where music is heard more often on the telephone and in the elevator than in the concert hall, why does the pia lesson still have meaning in the lives of children? What does it matter whether one more child learns to play Bach's Minuet in G? Note by Note is in part a memoir in which Tunstall recalls her own childhood pia teachers and their influence. As she observes, the pia lesson is unlike the experience of being coached on an athletic team or taught in a classroom, in that it is a one-on-one, personal communication. Physically proximate, mutually concentrating on the transfer of a skill that is often arduous, complicated and frustrating, teacher and student occasionally experience breakthroughs-moments of joy when the student has learned something, mastered a musical passage or expressed a feeling through music. The relationship is t only one-way: teaching the pia is a lifelong endeavor of particular intensity and power. Anyone who has ever studied the pia-or wanted to-will cherish this gem of a book.