In the short video below, one of my private piano students, Sophie Cherfane, is performing "River Flows In You" at our 2016 Summer Piano Recital.
Sophie never caught on to traditional sheet music, but with the EZ Read Sheet Music shown directly below, she is able to play the songs that she really wants to play — and she has done it years earlier than she would have had she continued with traditional sheet music and traditional learning methods.
In the video below, Christopher Threston is playing "Changes" by David Bowie.
After a little over a year with the Piano Shortcuts method and EZ Read Sheet Music, he performed Changes at our 2016 Summer Piano Recital. (see video & sheet music excerpt below)
Frequently Asked Questions
How is Piano Shortcuts different from Traditional Piano Lessons?
Traditional piano lessons focus on all of the formal music symbols and concepts which typically take a good 5 to 7 years to learn, while Piano Shortcuts continually focuses on the 3 main elements of any song: melody, harmony and rhythm.
Most students can learn the basics of Piano Shortcuts in less than a year and gain a good working knowledge of more advanced playing techniques in just their second year of lessons.
Are there any age restrictions?
I normally start students 8-years-old and younger with a more traditional approach like Piano Adventures, which introduces musical concepts at a slower, more comfortable pace. However, not every student takes to traditional piano lessons. In the past, these students ended up quitting piano.
Students no longer have to quit piano if they don't catch on to traditional piano lessons.
Will I still have to learn how to count beats like I do in my regular piano lessons?
In Piano Shortcuts you'll have a general idea of the beat count of each note type, but you'll focus more on being able to feel the rhythm like a rock or jazz musician would. You will learn how to listen and then play what you've heard. Traditional piano lessons rarely teach students to play by ear. Each lesson in Piano Shortcuts will focus on training your ear to hear melody notes, chords and rhythms.
Will I learn how to read sheet music using Piano Shortcuts?
Yes, you will learn to read notes on the music staff as you would in traditional piano lessons. In Piano Shortcuts, you will learn several techniques that will allow you to instantly recognize the letter name of any note on the staff.
It takes a minimum of 5 years to learn to read standard music notation. With Piano Shortcuts, you'll be able to recognize any note on the music staff and will be playing your favorite songs on the piano within 6 months of starting lessons.
With Piano Shortcuts, you will be able to instantly recognize any note on the music staff within a matter of months!
Will my son or daughter learn how to play the correct way with Piano Shortcuts?
Yes! I had 13 years of classical piano lessons as a kid and I thrived on the music and the structure.
In addition, all of our instructors use sheet music in every lesson along with techniques in rhythm and ear training.
The ability to listen to a song and play what you hear is given the same attention as is the ability to read music notation.
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