Two Hours in a Practice Room with Jun Mai

Jun Mai (CFA’21) is a sophomore at Boston University, pursuing a dual degree in piano performance and linguistics. These five photos show one afternoon of Mai practicing his beloved piano.

BU student Jun Mai (CFA’21) spends time in his “second home”: the piano practice room in the College of Fine Arts. Jun Mai (CFA’21) spends time in his “second home”: the piano practice room in the College of Fine Arts. Mai says he spends at least two hours every day practicing.

This mirror must stay in the practice room so that musicians like Mai can use them, even when they are held in rapt attention to detail.

Mai smiles as he plays “the love of his life,” the piano. Mai says that when he started playing, the piano was “sort of like a coping mechanism, which is corny to say, but it’s true.”

Mai releases the final chord of the first movement of Mozart’s Piano Sonata No. 17. “My istructor has been telling me to memorize more,” Mai said, “but that’s a lot of notes.”

Mai walks down a CFA hallway with sheet music under his arm. Mai has been playing piano since he was 11, leaving him to spend plenty of time in music practice rooms and hallways.

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