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.

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Jonny May's Quick Tips (Instructor)

Learn how professional jazz pianists draw on the chromatic scale using neighbor notes and enclosures to add interest to their solo lines.

Learn to play 5 sad piano chord progressions representing hundreds of songs spanning all genres including pop, rock, jazz, new age and film.

Learn 3 incredible tricks with sus chords—transform major, minor & dominant chords into beautiful piano voicings by layering sus chords!

Learn 3 steps to play soulful piano sounds using gorgeous chord clusters found in neo soul, R&B, contemporary pop and gospel music.

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Jonny May's Smartsheets

Learn how professional jazz pianists draw on the chromatic scale using neighbor notes and enclosures to add interest to their solo lines.

Learn to play 5 sad piano chord progressions representing hundreds of songs spanning all genres including pop, rock, jazz, new age and film.

Learn 3 incredible tricks with sus chords—transform major, minor & dominant chords into beautiful piano voicings by layering sus chords!

Learn 3 steps to play soulful piano sounds using gorgeous chord clusters found in neo soul, R&B, contemporary pop and gospel music.

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Jonny May's Latest Shows
Blues Improvisation Collaboration (May 2022)

In this collaboration, our students improvised a blues solo while Jonny played an accompaniment.

Monthly Update (May 2022)

In May, we released 2 new Course, 4 Quick Tips, 1 blog, 5 Smart Sheets, 10 Backing Tracks, and more!

Intermediate/Advanced Live Q+A (May 2022)

In the May 2022 Live Q&A, Jonny answered all of your music questions.

Beginner/Intermediate Live Q+A (May 2022)

In the May 2022 Live Q&A, Jonny answered all of your music questions.

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