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 workshop, you will learn advanced techniques for improvising piano with the Aeolian scale. We'll cover the notes of the scale, 4 essential soloing techniques, 5 left hand accompaniments, common chord progressions & voicings, and we'll learn how to solo over multiple chords.

In this workshop, you will learn how to improvise piano with the Aeolian scale - a sad, ominous sounding scale often used in rock music. We'll cover the notes of the scale, which chords/progressions to use, 5 left hand accompaniments, 2 block positions, 4 rhythm exercises, 3 soloing techniques, and more.

In this workshop, you will learn advanced techniques for improvising piano with the Dorian scale. We'll cover the notes of the scale, 4 essential soloing techniques, 5 left hand accompaniments, 3 common chord progressions, and we'll learn how to solo over multiple chords.

In this workshop, you will learn how to improvise piano with the Dorian scale. We'll cover the notes of the scale, essential soloing techniques, left hand accompaniments, common chord progressions and rhythms, and we'll learn how to solo over multiple chords.

Jonny May's Quick Tips

Do you want to improve your speed, strength, & control at piano? In this lesson, you'll learn a beautiful, musical exercise you can practice every day.

Would you like to play better-sounding chords? In this lesson, you'll learn to play rich major and minor chords on piano using magic chord shapes.

Do you have gaps in your music theory? This definitive guide to piano chords covers triads, 7th chords, 6th chords, extensions, alterations and more!

Have you noticed that fake books don't contain intros? Master each stock jazz piano intro in this lesson to setup your favorite standards with confidence.

Jonny May's Latest Shows
Intermediate/Advanced Live Q+A (May 2021)

In the May 2021 Live Q&A, Jonny answered all of your intermediate/advanced music questions.

Beginner/Intermediate Live Q+A (May 2021)

In the May 2021 Live Q&A, Jonny answered all of your beginner/intermediate music questions.

Monthly Update (April 2021)

In April, we released 3 new Courses, 5 Quick Tips, 8 Smart Sheets, and 16 Backing Tracks.

Member Spotlight: Kat Marie

Meet our Member Spotlight for April 2021 – Kat Marie!

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