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 Orientation, Jonny will give you a tour of the website and explain how to utilize all the member features.

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.

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Jonny May's Quick Tips (Instructor)

This Complete Guide on the Mixo-Blues Scale is your missing manual for professional blues piano soloing concepts and improvisation ideas.

You've heard of drop 2 chords, but what about lift 2 chords? If you want your playing to sound priceless, then invest in "The Gold Chord Voicing."

If you want to play blues piano with an authentic feel, don't neglect the left hand. Learn to master slow blues piano accompaniment in 3 steps.

Learn the ultimate piano chord hack that professional jazz pianists use to navigate complex jazz harmonies with ease—upper structure triads!

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Jonny May's Smartsheets

This Complete Guide on the Mixo-Blues Scale is your missing manual for professional blues piano soloing concepts and improvisation ideas.

You've heard of drop 2 chords, but what about lift 2 chords? If you want your playing to sound priceless, then invest in "The Gold Chord Voicing."

If you want to play blues piano with an authentic feel, don't neglect the left hand. Learn to master slow blues piano accompaniment in 3 steps.

Learn the ultimate piano chord hack that professional jazz pianists use to navigate complex jazz harmonies with ease—upper structure triads!

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Jonny May's Latest Shows
Monthly Update (January 2023)

In January, we released 5 new Courses, 4 Quick Tips, 5 Smart Sheets, 10 Backing Tracks, and more!

Monthly Update (December 2022)

In December, we released 3 new Courses, 4 Quick Tips, 5 Smart Sheets, 10 Backing Tracks, and more!

2022 Annual Holiday Awards Party

Welcome to the 2022 PWJ Annual Holiday Awards Party, where we'll recognize students who made extraordinary progress this year! 🎉

O Christmas Tree Collaboration (November 2022)

In this collaboration, students improvised over the O Christmas Tree progression while Jonny played an accompaniment.

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