If you've ever been to a PianoEasy class you know that everyone has some musical ability. Playing an instrument doesn't come naturally to everyone, but everyone who can hear a melody or see a rhythm being played has a basic understanding of how music is created.
It's a shame that, despite this, so many people are apprehensive about playing music. That's why Make Music Day exists.
Make Music Day invites everybody to be a musician. It began in France in 1982 and has spread worldwide, so that in…
Being completely besotted with playing the piano myself, I believe that unfortunately Western music education, that is generally focussed on teaching people to make music by teaching them how to read, has created a society where now there is this mythical idea that making music is only either for those who are mysteriously gifted or for people who started at 3 years of age and practise for 8 hours a day…
it always struck me that I commonly meet two types of piano players:
- People who have h…
About 170 years ago, Dom Rosendo Salvado walked 130 km from New Norcia to Perth to ask the Bishop there for funds to support his mission.
To put that into perspective, the average Australian only walks 3.2 km per day - and after Salvado walked the distance of three marathons to ask for those funds, he was turned down.
Still in his tattered long-distance-walking clothes, Salvado organised and performed a piano concert in the Old Perth Courthouse, where he played for three hours straight. The ti…
PianoEasy lessons are delivered to a small class of students rather than one-on-one because there are lots of benefits to learning piano, or anything for that matter, in a group.
Some of the benefits found in research by Felder and Brent (North Carolina State University, 1994) included:
- Higher academic achievement
- Greater persistence
- Better high-level reasoning and critical thinking skills
- Deeper understanding of learned material
- Lower levels of anxiety and stress
- Greater intrinsic moti…
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Hold on to your seats (and listen for that I IV V, some grace notes and riffs):
Solo piano; young Luka Sestak (a few years ahead for most of you).
Here is Diana Krall, playing a blues in Bb “Baby Baby, One More Time"
Pinetop Perkins: Slow blues
Here is Elvis playing Blue Suede Shoes, (he is using A, D and E for his I, IV and V chords.)
Oscar Peterson C Jam Blues
Stormy Monday T Bone Walker
I like this Stormy Monday by Rose Winters too:
And by Johnny Joh…
Anastasia Beasley joined PianoEasy and wrote up a short blog about learning to play the piano in a group setting; making mistakes in front of other people, the support you receive, and the joy in learning to play together.
At the beginning of this winter an ad crossed my Instagram feed saying I could quickly and easily learn piano. I wanted to learn piano but I kept scrolling because I thought I didn't have the time or money. The same piano studio crossed my feed again a day later, this time…
Whether we write music for a living or have never touched an instrument in our lives, we all have our own special songs to listen to when we're feeling down.
It's widely accepted that music can have a positive effect on your mood, which is probably why Spotify was estimated to have 159 million active users by the end of last year - everyone loves listening to music, but what about playing it?
A child psychiatry team from the University of Vermont found that children who learned instruments had…
I love all of my students. I am so proud of them and I am so happy that I have been able to help them on the joyous journey of musical self expression. Everyone grows together, we have times of fun and laughter, of exploration and celebration and of inexorable beauty when making music together surpasses anything words can say.
And then I go and ruin it all by saying something stupid like “end of year concert”. Actually I try and disguise the trauma by calling it our “end of year piano party”. H…
Need a few reasons why pianos are the best instrument there is?
- Pianos are there for you whether you’re happy or sad or however you feel.
- Pianos connect you with other people, and people from other places and times.
- Pianos don’t judge you.
- Pianos make you sound good.
- Pianos are easy to learn to play, but impossible to outgrow.
- Pianos don’t get smelly when they get a work out.
- You don’t need to give up piano when you get old.
- Pianos don’t want to talk about football.
- Pianos don’t get l…
With PianoEasy you learn a lot. Within a few months people are playing around with their repertoires, making up their own blues or working with all their chords playing pop songs. Some people may already be composing their own song. Within two terms some people are doing lots of improvising; with the blues, with our jazz chords, with all those flat and minor chords. Within a year people are also reading quite advanced pieces and no one’s repertoire is the same. Within two years PianoEasy player…