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)

Everything you need to know to play gospel piano with a contemporary sound and feel. Perfect for beginner church musicians and piano vocalists.

Expand your harmonic vocabulary with piano color chords—a must have skill for singer/songwriters and for contemporary piano accompaniment.

All levels can play and improvise serene piano soundscapes on the most beautiful minor chord progression with immersive, guided learning.

The ultimate 2-5-1 jazz scale exercise will unlock your potential as an improvisor and help overcome choppy, directionless improv lines.

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Jonny May's Smartsheets

Everything you need to know to play gospel piano with a contemporary sound and feel. Perfect for beginner church musicians and piano vocalists.

Expand your harmonic vocabulary with piano color chords—a must have skill for singer/songwriters and for contemporary piano accompaniment.

All levels can play and improvise serene piano soundscapes on the most beautiful minor chord progression with immersive, guided learning.

The ultimate 2-5-1 jazz scale exercise will unlock your potential as an improvisor and help overcome choppy, directionless improv lines.

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Jonny May's Latest Shows
Jazz Waltz Composition Collab (September 2022)

In this month’s collaboration, you’re going to compose an original waltz using the Turnaround Chord Progression.

Monthly Update (August 2022)

In August, we released 2 new Courses, 4 Quick Tips, 1 blog, 6 Smart Sheets, 6 Backing Tracks, and more!

Monthly Update (July 2022)

In July, we released 2 new Courses, 5 Quick Tips, 1 blog, 6 Smart Sheets, 6 Backing Tracks, and more!

Monthly Update (October 2022)

In this Monthly Update, we will discuss all the new content we published in the month of October. Stay tuned!

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