Join the 30 Days of Piano Group!
Join us for 30 days of live piano lessons focusing on a variety of techniques, skills and styles, so you can have some fun, get out of a practice rut, and join a like-minded community.
You can check out the video I made explaining everything about this group course, and everything will be listed below as well.
Compliments are in order. You have a gift that stands apart. Your ability to compartmentalize complex information and deliver it in bite sized pieces is outstanding. Your candor is charming and I love that your bookcase is not in perfect order. You come across authentic, genuine and honest and that is refreshing.
The “ah ha” moments for me were the technical and structural aspects that you provided. I did not understand scales, triads, chords or how they work together. The course provided foundations that I was missing. Maybe I am a tech nerd or it is my designer brain but I had so many questions and was struggling with how to make sense of it all. You painted a picture that was full of color and details. You gave a view of the completed painting “the big picture” and then you broke it into lessons of how to get there.
I now have a confidence about how to navigate the piano. You truly have charted a piano course that will last a lifetime. I can’t begin to thank you enough.
Thanks Allysia for putting together a truly wonderful course (and thanks to Logan for the background support)!
I took a few lessons with a piano teacher, but there wasn't any structure and I couldn't really see where we were headed with the lessons. I really enjoyed how organized and structured your lessons were! It gave me a new perspective on what piano lessons are about, provided a better approach to practice sessions, and has inspired me to take up piano once more (fingers crossed this time it'll last).
Thanks once again!
Three days post-30dop, and I can notice the difference.
I've incorporated most of your technical material into my notebook of exercises -- I cycle through a subset of them for each practice session.
The other part of my practice sessions are pretty much like they were before -- selections from the RCM Grade books for Repertoire and Etudes. But, I find I've really benefited from your analysis techniques, which have vastly improved my recognition.
Thanks for your 30dop,
Here are some of the topics we'll cover during our 30 days together:
• Understand how to learn a piece of music from start to finish, using several pieces that we'll work together on
• Learn how to use the left hand in a variety of ways, instead of using just solid chords - this makes your simple pieces sound more interesting
• Hands-on technique: Each day will come with a new technical exercise to improve your playing, as well as improve your understanding of music
• Why it's worth bridging the gap between pop and Classical, and how pop music can help you better learn and understand Classical music
• Discussion of topics such as motivation, how to practice with limited time, how to practice properly, how to polish a piece, and more
• Rhythm skills, such as using a metronome, playing 8th notes properly, challenging time signatures like 3/4 and 6/8, and more
• Make sense of common chords, chord progressions and complicated chords
The idea is to take away some of the overwhelm and confusion that comes along with learning piano, especially learning piano without a teacher.
I wanted to add a few extra bonus gifts to help you out with this 30-day group project. There's so much free content on PianoTV.net that it can be challenging to sift through it, no matter how much I try to keep the information organized. These are re-formatted and re-purposed content from the website which I think you'll find directly helpful on your journey.
Beginner Sheet Music Collection (PDF)
This is a 58-page collection of all the beginner sheet music on PianoTV. On the website, individual PDFs are available for download alongside each video, but here they've been conveniently packaged together. Each of these sheets has a corresponding tutorial if you'd like to learn them.
Scale Chart (PDF)
This set of 4 PDFs includes a chart of each major and minor scale (both in color and in black and white). Our video editor is a great designer and I find these really useful - we created them for the website, and I've been using them in my studio ever since.
I've curated 15 discussion-type PTV videos for this course and converted them to audio. They're meant to educate and inspire you as you go along your journey, and can be listened to podcast-style (one of my favorite ways to consume media).
This PDF is freely available even before joining the group. It's a bare-bones collection of lessons from the PianoTV channel. If you're a beginner or you're not sure what you need to know before joining this 30-day group session, definitely check this PDF out.
Please join us and become a better piano player, learn some new tricks and techniques, and make some new friends!
Looking forward to it,
(P.S. Thanks to rawpixel.com / Freepik for the icons!)
Allysia, I just wanted to say thank you so much for this wonderful course. Last night I was at yoga and during meditation I was lying on my mat and this absolutely beautiful instrumental piano piece started playing....I mean this piece was spectacular.... at first I thought I can't wait to be able to play the piano like this some day and then after listening carefully to the piece I could actually decode the piece!! I could actually, with a little practice, play this piece. The left hand was chords in the multiple variations you have shown us. Bottom, top top and so on. I actually understood the whole piece. I am so excited. I am going to ask my yoga teacher the name of that piece and I plan to learn that piece. Thanks so much. I am so completely thrilled with your course and I have learned so much.
I joined your online piano course and wanted to tell you how much I have enjoyed this course. I have never really done anything like this before, so didn’t really know what to expect.
What I have enjoyed about the 30 days, is that for me, it has been a review of theory that I already knew, but it has also highlighted concepts that I didn’t think about. I had never really thought about using lead sheets and their value in forcing you to find the harmony to accompany the piece. For me writing the harmony will be a slow process right now, but I believe with practice, it will become easier. This a valuable powerful skill not only when using a lead sheet, but also when analyzing classical pieces as well. Not a new concept, but when you illustrated how to approach it, it didn’t seem so daunting. Sometimes in a formal lesson setting, there isn’t enough time to cover this type of material. One of the goals that I plan on adding to my list will be to practice with lead sheets every month.
So, thank you for providing this course. I know that I will be referring to the videos again and again in the future. I hope that you plan on expanding or perhaps offering additional courses in the future. Even though I study with a teacher, I have learned so much and it really has been a lot of fun.
Best regards from your on-line student,
I think the course was great, how you did it. Even those of us who struggled with the harder concepts and pieces, you kept us motivated to continue, and kept repeating how much of what we were learning can be re-looked at months (or years!) down the track.
I really enjoyed being part of the "live" lessons and it worked so well for us having the 10 am time slot in Australia!! I agree with you that the community aspect was a big plus - whether "live" or on Facebook. However, I found that when I couldn't be part of the live session, there was value in being able to stop the video, replay etc and view the chat later.
As you say, there are pluses and minuses with the two methods. i.e. with doing it all together as a group, and being able to work through it at your own pace. Perhaps its a case of which methods fit people's circumstances and personality. I rather like the "let's get into it all together and do it, even though I might be overloaded for a short time...." approach. If left on my own, then tendency would be to never quite getting around to doing it....