Jonathan May is a pianist from Southern California who specializes in many styles of piano. At age eighteen, Jonny became the youngest pianist to perform at Disneyland. Each week he entertained thousands of guests with his arrangements of American classics and Disney songs.

Jonny has also performed with the Youtube group Postmodern Jukebox, and has played piano for Comedy Central and Universal Studios. He has accompanied Grammy Award Winner Lari White, and Tony Award Winner Lin Manuel Miranda. In his spare time, Jonny loves to go snowboarding and work out at the gym. He is happily married to his lovely wife and biggest fan, Crystal May.

About Jonny May

Years of piano experience

26


Favorite piano styles
  • Jazz Swing
  • Contemporary & Pop
  • Ragtime & Stride
  • ... Everything

Fun Fact

At age eighteen, Jonny became the youngest pianist to perform at Disneyland.

Jonny May's Latest Courses

In this course, we cover the top questions our student ask about practicing piano, such as hand coordination, memorization, how to structure your practice time, etc. For each topic, we'll discuss mindset, useful exercises, and simple tips & tricks to help you practice effectively.

In this workshop, you'll learn how to solo over the 2-5-1 progression with enclosures. We’ll explore upper & lower enclosures, along with a variety of exercises and example lines for each chord in the progression. By the end of the workshop, you’ll understand how to use enclosures to create a more interesting piano solo.

In this workshop, you'll learn how to solo over the 2-5-1 progression using Diatonic Triads. We’ll explore a variety of exercises to master diatonic triads, plus examples for how to use them in your solos. By the end of the workshop, you’ll understand how to use the triad technique to create a happy & lighthearted sound in your solo.

In this course, you will learn how to create a beautiful bossa nova accompaniment to "The Girl From Ipanema." Jonny teaches the A section of the song for all playing levels, progressively adding more syncopated rhythms to the accompaniment. Yannick explores the B section of the song and expands on the groove and musical concepts involved.

Jonny May's Quick Tips

Join Jonny and composer Joshua Foy as they discuss the influence of jazz and other compositional devices in the film music of John Williams.

Learn to solo confidently with the most important scale for piano improv that works on any song in any style over any chord progression.

Learn the 7 signs that plague amateur piano accompanists and then how to fix them with beautiful professional techniques and patterns!

Learn how to get more jazzy lines when you improvise with the major scale by outlining diatonic 7th chords in your right hand.

Jonny May's Latest Shows
Jazz Waltz Composition Collaboration (September 2021)

In this month’s collaboration, students composed an original waltz using the turnaround chord progression.

Monthly Update (September 2021)

In September, we released 4 new Courses, 4 Quick Tips, 7 Smart Sheets, and 23 Backing Tracks.

Improvisation Live Workshop Intermediate/Advanced (September 2021)

In this Live Workshop, we'll be learning how to solo over the 2-5-1 progression with enclosures.

Improvisation Live Workshop Beginner/Intermediate (September 2021)

In this Live Workshop, we'll learn how to solo over the 2-5-1 progression with the triadic soloing technique.

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