A 26-week course to get you to finally start making real progress and play the piano.
Registration will open again in August 2024.
Being a beginner piano player is incredibly challenging and confusing.
You struggle with being disorganized, you lack clear direction, and use inefficient learning techniques. I’ve seen this over and over again – in my lessons, in my courses, and in my inbox.
If you’re like most new students, you most likely don’t have a clear and specific plan on how to improve your piano playing. You’re probably unsure of which fundamental skills you need to work on.
So what do you do?
You start watching various tips and exercises from YouTube. You learn something, but you don’t have an idea of what you should learn next – so you go down the YouTube rabbit hole, patching together a piano education.
Months (and maybe years) go by watching random videos without understanding the fundamentals of piano playing or experiencing a clear sense of progress.
You read various piano method books, but eventually you lose your motivation.The musical concepts and their application is either confusing or boring, and you don’t know how long you should spend with these materials.
Maybe you hire a piano teacher to guide you and give you some personal attention – which is fabulous! But it can be a costly hobby. The average piano teacher charges $60/hour. And while personal instruction can’t be beat, and many teachers are wonderful, it can be hit-or-miss. So you “pause” your lessons and go back to looking for more affordable options (such as books and online videos).
And so the cycle continues.
You start to feel frustrated because you really want to play the piano. You’re spending a lot of time, money, and energy and still feel like you’re not making significant progress.
Let’s stop wasting time and get you playing piano!
I’ve seen this pattern play out over and over again in the lives of my students and I want to end that.
I designed this course to make make your piano journey faster, simpler, affordable, and more fun!
This beginner course will provide you with the fundamental skills and the supportive environment you need in order to accelerate your piano education.
I’ve designed this course to accelerate your piano learning and make real progress. We’ll do this by focusing on 3 main areas:
You will go through 26 weeks of step-by-step lessons to give you a secure foundation in playing piano. My aim is to teach these concepts in an efficient, clearly organized, and structured way so you can make progress every week.
You will have access to a private forum where you can learn with other students who are on the same journey. Think of it like school with friends but more fun!
You will be able to submit your piano playing with the opportunity for specific feedback from myself and others on the forum. In our weekly live calls, you’ll also be able to hear feedback for other students working on the same piece.
One thing I always like to do with my students is to have them play music that sounds good right away.
Here are a few videos from some of past CPP-B students.
Anita submitted Angelfish:
Here’s a video by Stefan called Playful Puppy :
And here’s another video by Nate called House of the Rising Sun
I’ve had the pleasure of watching them and helping them them improve every week. They rock!
If you’re anything like me, you like knowing the exact details of what’s inside a course.
This course contains 26 weekly step-by-step lessons. Every week, we’ll begin a new weekly lesson. Each lesson will contain:
Below is an abridged outline of each lesson in the course.
Lesson 1: Major and minor chords
Lesson 2: Articulation
Lesson 3: Key of D Minor
Lesson 4: F major scale
Lesson 5: Broken chords and voicing
Lesson 6: Inverting chords
Lesson 7: 16th notes
Lesson 8: D major scale
Lesson 9: Chromatic scales
Lesson 10: Syncopated pedal review
Lesson 11: Lead sheets
Lesson 12: Key of E minor
Lesson 13: 7th chords and intervals
I’ve also created this handy checklist that shows which topics you’ll learn every week.
Learning any new skill is hard, and piano playing is no exception. It can take months to play at a decent level and the journey can feel lonely and isolating.
I wanted to help make piano playing a fun experience for my students, even if I can’t personally teach everyone. During my last launch in November, I decided to include a forum with the course as an experiment. I wanted to be able to connect with my students and share videos, and also enable them to connect with each other.
Boy was that the best accidental decision! 🙂
The forum ended up being a place where people started becoming friends and encouraging each other to make progress. People started commenting on each other’s performances, sharing helpful tips and advice.
Students have found that using the forum has added accountability to their lessons. Once they got to know their fellow classmates, they wanted to continue practicing and improving.
Learning is all well and good – but learning with friends is fun!
Every week you will have an opportunity to get feedback on your weekly piano piece assignment.
We will have weekly live sessions where I will review submissions from participants and give specific feedback.
This can be a good way for you to practice recording yourself performing. Even if you don’t submit your video for feedback, recording yourself is something I encourage my students to do as a rewarding way to track progress.
A lot of beginner students make similar mistakes and have similar questions, so by hearing feedback for your own performances or those of other participants, you’ll get new ideas every week on how to improve your piano playing.
Hi! I’m Allysia van Betuw, the creator and host of PianoTV. My channel has over 130k subscribers and my videos have been viewed over 8 million times.
For over 15 years, I’ve been teaching piano to people of all ages and levels, from three-year-old beginners to retired adults.
I created this course because throughout the years so many students have reached out to me and expressed their desires and frustrations with learn how to play the piano.
I wanted to provide more clarity, structure, and support to help them accelerate their musical journey.
I believe this school will move people from wanting to play the piano to FINALLY playing it.
In addition to the ample course content and weekly lessons, when you join the Complete Piano Path, you’ll also receive:
Join the waitlist and you’ll be notified when classes open again.
You can pay via 2 options: A one time payment OR a monthly payment.
There is a 21 Day money back guarantee with both options.
My goal is to help you play the piano. I don’t want you to have any concerns about investing in your piano playing.
If you’re not happy with your purchase, you can get a full refund within 21 days. Simply email me and you will get your money back. No questions asked. I like happy students 🙂
Join by September 1st to receive 20% off! This way, you’ll be able to follow along with others and complete the challenge by the end of September.
The deadline to join the course is September 3, 2023. After that, the course will be closed for th next year.
One of the biggest challenges piano students have is lack of focus. Piano playing can seem like a never-ending project.
I wanted to keep this course focused and treat it like a classroom. Think of it like a semester at college. Classes begin and then registration is closed. There is a start and finish.
You’ll have weekly lessons and assignments with clear objectives. The lessons progress and build on each other. Keeping things closed allows students to bond and follow a consistent rhythm.
Imagine how distracting it would be if you were in class and a new student kept showing up every day. 🙂
Life happens. You can get sick, busy, and distracted. It’s understandable.
Even if you miss a week, you’ll still have access to all the lessons and my feedback. It’s not the end of the world if you don’t practice one week’s piece much – get back on the bandwagon when you can, and you can always go back to these pieces once the course is finished, or on easier weeks.
I will aim to give feedback to as many people as I can during our weekly live feedback sessions, which will run around 1 hour, but realistically I might not be able to review your specific submission every week. In the current group, I typically give feedback on 10-15 people each week, often all of the submissions I receive (but there is a much higher volume of submissions in the first month or two).
It will depend on the number of students submitting and who has not received any feedback in a while.
But I promise you will still benefit from the feedback session even if I don’t review your specific submission.
A lot of students have similar challenges. So you might get your questions answered even if you don’t get direct feedback.
You’ll get value out of hearing my feedback for other people, since everyone is working on the same piece together.
I’ve designed this course for the progressing beginner. If you’ve been playing for six months to a year, you’ll likely be ready to join CPP-B. A good rule of thumb is this: Have you completed a method book, such as Alfred’s or Piano Adventures for beginners? If so, or if you’re on the second method book in a series, you should have no issues. You should note that I aim to challenge you and my pace is fast!
That’s tough one to tell. You can look at the lessons checklist I created and see how strongly you feel you understand these concepts.
I would also suggest you gauge how easy it was for you to go through the first of a series of method books, such as Piano Adventures or Alfred’s for adults. My assignments tend to be slightly more difficult than method book material.
Worst case is you sign up and realize the course is too easy (or hard) for you. In that case, you can ask for a full refund within 21 days.
This is still pre-grade 1, so if you’re an intermediate student, this course might not be for you (unless you’re looking to review the beginner stage to fill in gaps in your knowledge).
It’s a combination of contemporary and classical – I was taught with a hybrid approach, and both styles inform the other.
Some are composed by me, others are composed by classical artists, and others are based on dances and folk tunes.
Everyone has different musical taste – I don’t expect you to like every piece of music you perform every week.
However, I do try to write or select beginner music that has appeal, because I’m also a fan of learning music I like the sound of!
Typically, a few of my students didn’t like a week’s musical selection, while other students loved the same piece. Yet they still all learned the key concepts that they needed to learn.
So hopefully even if you don’t like the piece of the week, you’ll enjoy learning the core ideas.
If you for any reason feel you’re not getting value out of the course, feel free to email me within 21 days of purchasing and I’ll happily refund your money. No questions asked.
All you need is your smartphone (or laptop with webcam/recording device). I encourage participants to record themselves each week, and smartphones are sufficient for this.
During the first week, I’ll go through helping you set up so you can record your piano videos or audio files.
It’s certainly not a requirement but I highly encourage it.
Even if you decide not to submit a video to be viewed by me or other members, it’s a good resource for yourself.
You’ll be able to see and hear your playing. You’ll be surprised how much you don’t notice about our playing when it’s just you by yourself. Not only that, you’ll have a record of your progress, which is very valuable.
When you sign up, you will have permanent access to the course material. This includes the lesson videos, downloads and recordings of the live sessions.
I aim to keep the forum accessible only to people going through the course. You’ll have access to the forum for a year, and once our class is finished, you’ll have the option to join another class, or stay on the forum with access to your peers and the weekly live lessons for a small monthly fee.
Complete Piano Path A:
This course is aimed at complete beginners. Designed to take you from the very start of your piano journey through the first 26 weeks. Learn to read music, rhythm, chords, keys and more! Corresponds with the Preparatory A level of piano.
Complete Piano Path B:
This course is for the progressing beginner. It will take you through 26 weeks of Preparatory B (pre-grade 1). Ideal for students who have been playing for six months to a year, or who want a refresher. This course is a continuation of CPP-A, but anyone can join.
Classes are open until October 28, 2022.
How does The Complete Piano Path work?
Designed to take you from the very start of your piano journey through the first 26 weeks. Learn to read music, rhythm, chords, keys and more! Corresponds with the Preparatory A level of piano.
For the progressing beginner, this course will take you through 26 weeks of Preparatory B (pre-grade 1). Ideal for students who have been playing for six months to a year, or who want a refresher. This course is a continuation of CPP-A, but anyone can join.
For the beginner who is further along, this 26-week course takes an in-depth look at the many aspects of grade 1 piano, including weekly repertoire, technique, and sight reading exercises. This level is appropriate for someone who has been playing for around a year (can play music from, for example, Alfred’s Adults Method Book 2), and who is looking to significantly upgrade their ability to read music, understand rhythm, and play with artistry.
For the advanced beginner. This 26-week course completes the beginner stage of piano, deeply reviewing and developing a variety of concepts that were started in earlier classes. This class finishes with foundational concepts in order to learn more complex music from a Grade 3 level onward. It is appropriate for people who have been actively learning for about two years. Someone joining this class can play music equivalent to the end of Piano Adventures 3a.
For the early intermediate student, this 26-week course takes an in-depth look at the many aspects of grade 3 piano, including repertoire selections, technique, and sight reading exercises. Each semester has a theme: Semester 1 features work with a sonatina, and Semester 2 focuses on the Baroque dance suite. This level is appropriate for someone who has been playing for a minimum of around three years, but more likely 4-5. See the RCM syllabus (Grade 3 section) to get a sense of what kinds of pieces are at this level.
The Complete Piano Path Level A&B: Accelerated is a fast-paced preparatory class. Semester 1 is a condensed version of CPP-A, and semester 2 is a condensed version of CPP-B. Each semester has 13 lessons. This class is best for people who have played piano previously (perhaps as a child) or who are adept at another musical instrument. It is not recommended for the average complete beginner.