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 Major 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, we'll analyze the chord progression for Autumn Leaves. Starting with the lead sheet, we'll memorize the melody/chords, analyze the chord functions and chord qualities, learn how to add color with the 2-5-1 trick, and more.

In this workshop, you will learn how to improvise piano with one of the most important scales - the Major scale. 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 our most comprehensive jazz swing piano course, we'll learn how to play Autumn Leaves in a jazz swing style. Starting with the lead sheet, we’ll memorize the melody/chords, stylize the left hand, embellish the right hand melody, master a variety of improv & rhythm techniques, and more!

Jonny May's Quick Tips

What makes certain chords sound jazzy? Learn everything you need to know about jazz piano chords and simple steps for constructing voicings.

Learn how to take a classical piece of music and turn it into a swinging jazz piano tune using jazz rhythms, chords, and fills on Für Elise!

Improve your speed, strength, clarity, coordination and control with these 5 essential piano exercises for all playing levels.

Learn these sweet romantic piano chords in what we call the "Love Progression" with a beautiful left hand accompaniment and 3 improvisation techniques!

Jonny May's Latest Shows
Improvisation Live Workshop Intermediate/Advanced (July 2021)

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

Student Recital (August 2021)

Recitals are an opportunity for students to showcase a performance in front of a live audience.

Improvisation Live Workshop Intermediate/Advanced (August 2021)

In this Live Workshop, we'll learn how to solo over the 2-5-1 progression using the Upper and Lower Neighbor technique.

Improvisation Live Workshop Beginner/Intermediate (August 2021)

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

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