If you've ever wanted to pick up the piano or keyboard as an instrument, this is the path for you! You begin with the basics of keyboard-based instruments and then expand your knowledge with courses in jazz improvisation and songwriting techniques.
Learn the basics of keyboard and piano.
Explore the basics of improvisation.
Discover jazz song and improv foundations to build your skills.
Piano Lessons: Teach Yourself to Play with Gayle Kowalchyk
Learn the fundamentals of playing piano in this beginner's course. Learn about sitting and hand position, reading notes, playing chords, melodic and harmonic intervals, syncopated notes, triads, progressions, triplets, and more.
1h 54m • COURSE
Piano Lessons: 1 Fundamentals with Hugh Sung
Learn how to play piano at your own pace. Former Curtis Institute professor and acclaimed accompanist Hugh Sung presents online piano lessons for beginners.
1h 51m • COURSE
Piano Lessons: 2 Playing Songs with Hugh Sung
Learn how to play piano while you practice classics from the catalogs of great composers such as Strauss, Beethoven, and Chopin.
2h 38m • COURSE
Piano Lessons: 3 Sight Reading & Classical Pieces with Hugh Sung
Learn how to play piano and sight-read sheet music while you master classics from great composers such as Bach, Satie, and Chopin.
2h 55m • COURSE
Jazz Piano Lessons: 1 Fundamentals with George Whitty
Learn how to play jazz piano. Discover how to tackle the F7 blues, bop scales, use approach patterns, and more.
2h 7m • COURSE
Jazz Piano Lessons: 2 Song Foundations with George Whitty
Learn how to play jazz piano. Discover how to get started with two-handed harmony, bolster your jazz vocabulary by covering basic—and instantly recognizable—bluesy chord voicings, and more.
2h 30m • COURSE
Jazz Piano: 3 Basics of Improvisation with George Whitty
Learn how to play jazz piano. Discover how to add another note to your left-handed voicings, tackle the 2-5-1 progression—one of the most important progressions in jazz—and more.
1h 50m • COURSE
You'll learn piano and keyboard skills with these experts
Dr. Gayle Kowalchyk selects and edits music for the supplementary piano catalog for Alfred Music Publishing.
She holds degrees from Ohio University (piano performance), Northwestern University (piano performance and pedagogy), and an EdD from Teachers College, Columbia University (piano pedagogy). Dr. Kowalchyk was formerly on the faculty of Eastern Illinois University, where she coordinated the class piano program, directed the piano preparatory program, and taught graduate piano pedagogy. She has also taught piano pedagogy and class piano at Oklahoma Baptist University and the University of Oklahoma.
Dr. Kowalchyk has presented sessions for the World Piano Pedagogy Conference, national conventions of the Music Teachers National Association, and more. She is on the board of advisors for Clavier Companion magazine. With her husband, Dr. E. L. Lancaster, she is the coauthor of more than 275 educational piano books, including Alfred's Premier Piano Course, which they coauthored with Dennis Alexander, Victoria McArthur, and Martha Mier.
Pianist Hugh Sung has been a soloist and chamber musician since his Philadelphia Orchestra debut at age 11.
He has performed at Carnegie Hall, Weill Hall, Wigmore Hall, and many others. He served as director of student recitals and instrumental accompaniment at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia for 19 years before focusing on teaching online. Hugh's enthusiasm for piano is contagious and his lessons emphasize learning to play popular songs using a step-by-step method that any level of player can follow.
George Whitty is a Grammy-winning keyboardist, producer, composer, and instructor.
George has spent 20 years playing on the road with the Brecker Brothers, Herbie Hancock, David Sanborn, Richard Bona, Chaka Khan, Sadao Watanabe, and a dozen others. His resume as a session musician includes work on several best-selling records including Santana's Supernatural, and Celine Dion's Falling into You and These Are Special Times. He's currently working on a number of music projects, conducting clinics and master classes, teaching private lessons around the world, and enjoying life in the mountains outside Los Angeles with his two boys.