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Get instant access to over 950 in-depth HD Piano Lessons for all playing levels, with new lessons added each month. Browse by music style and learning focus, so you can easily find what you’re looking for.
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We provide over 350 Smart Sheet Music Pieces. This technology combines sheet music, video, and a light up keyboard to make reading music easier than ever.
Download unlimited Lesson Sheet Music and get discounts on Premium Arrangements. You can also download unlimited backing tracks, practice logs, and course guides.
Join the live-streamed Q&A’s with Jonny and other guest teachers each month to get answers to your burning questions.
The monthly workshop lets you interact live with Jonny as you do a deep-dive lesson on a topic that you get to vote on. This is the masterclass of PWJ.
Join in Jonny’s weekly #PWJChallenge, the most fun way to practice piano and share your progress with other members from around the world! All participants get recognized at the end of the month.
Get virtual high-fives from our super supportive PWJ Member Group on Facebook and in our Private Community Forum. Share tips, ask questions, and get inspired every day.
If you want personal feedback on your playing, Jonny will review your video and give you a response in our monthly Student Review. In addition to the Q&A, Facebook group, and Forum, this is another way to get your questions answered.
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Remove the guesswork from improving at the piano
With our structured Learning Tracks, we guide you step-by-step to master the styles of music you want to learn.
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Our dashboard with progress tracking keeps you focused and motivated while you learn at your own pace.
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Learning made easy with modern Smart Sheet Music
Smart Sheet Music powered by Soundslice combines video, sheet music, and a light-up keyboard to help students learn interactively.
- Hear the audio playback
- Slow down the tempo
- Loop sections for replay
- Transpose the song to any Key
View all of Jonny’s Lesson Sheets, Public Domain, and Original arrangements through our Smart Sheet Music software.
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Get direct feedback to your top questions from Jonny, our Community Support Team and your fellow students in the Facebook Group and Community Forum.
Live Shows & Events
Each week we release new shows for student challenges, Q&A sessions, workshops and more!
Jazz Standard Analysis Workshop (Beginner/Intermediate)
In this workshop, we analyzed 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!
Blues Improv Collaboration (May 2021)
In this collaboration, students improvised a blues solo while Jonny played an accompaniment.
Monthly Update (May 2021)
In May, we released 2 new Courses, 4 Quick Tips, 6 Smart Sheets, and 24 Backing Tracks!
Next Live Event
Improvisation Workshop (Intermediate/Advanced)
06/24/2021 10:00 am
A Passionate Online Community
I am a very educated musician – I studied piano, church organ, musical composition, orchestra conducting – with some of the world's most famous teachers. I earned two separate conservatory diplomas (two separate MA degrees in different musical professions), and spent over a quarter of a century overall, studying music. I played and conducted professionally, taught music in a college and led an orchestra.
However, my former musical education took me down a wrong path and resulted in a creative crisis that made me arrive to a difficult decision to leave music completely as a profession for over twenty years. Shortly before I discovered Jonny May, I already felt that music was coming back to me. I even started working as a professional musician again – teaching musical composition to postgraduates.
But only after I signed up for membership at Piano with Jonny, did I realize that I found a music teacher I've badly needed from the very beginning. I wish I was taught by Jonny May from when I was four years old! (I'd have to wait a couple of decades for Jonny to be born first... ;-)
Watching and listening Jonny play piano and explain musical concept in his inimitable, easy-going way, helped me realize that creative problems that I considered unsolvable had many easy and fun solutions! I found myself suddenly understanding and *feeling* music much more intimately, deeper, a lot more naturally than ever before.
Things like that don't usually happen, not often. People don't just come back to music after a couple of decades of not being involved with it at all. But it did happen in my life, and I fully credit Jonny May with this personal miracle.
Most importantly, Jonny May's training nowadays fuels my daily musical practice, and my two children see and hear me playing and teaching music – which makes music a natural, organic part of their life. This gives me hope that they will grow up loving and appreciating music, and might even become skilled musicians! My daughter is already making amazing progress.
I find Jonny May's teaching method superb, and the manner of presentation top-notch. I find him as a teacher infinitely better than all, without any exception, the famous teachers I've ever been training with. I am not exaggerating. Jonny May is *that* good. I don't want to make an impression that Jonny's training is only for overeducated musicians like myself – his courses cover the entire range, from the material for absolute beginners to very advanced students. Whatever level you're currently at, whether you're a complete beginner or a professional musician, I guarantee that you will find a lot of great training material at Piano with Jonny, and will grow tremendously as a musician. This is what is happening to me, I find myself swiftly regaining my musical form, day after day, and moving on to much higher levels as a musician than ever before.
Besides unmistakable and unique talents as a teacher and a musician, the quality I appreciate the most in Jonny May is his amazing professionalism, and especially his professional discipline. Rain or shine, he is maintaining the ongoing flow of weekly live classes and Q&A sessions, and monthly challenges. The professional ethic in that teacher is just so extremely high.
People who work with Jonny – Katie and Yannik (and possibly others) – are easy to communicate with, reliable, dedicated professionals. An amazing team.
Another all-important aspect of it is the personality of the teacher - and Jonny May absolutely rules here, too, with his heart-to-heart, friendly, casual and humorous manner of teaching, which downplays his tremendous musical and technical abilities. His personality reflects in the students, and the community of talented people Jonny May cemented around his teaching is active, supportive and nourishing.
The training is meticulously organized, and I found myself making fast progress. I credit Jonny May as a person who made music fun again for me and resurrected music for me, and me for music. It was the happiest decision for me, to join this wonderful training platform, and I recommend it wholeheartedly.
To understand different styles of jazz and to be able to do solos and improvisations were my lifelong dreams and this platform has everything to take you from the bottom to the top. There are literally hundreds of different courses, each with clear instructions, demonstrations, downloadable backing tracks, key changing tools, printable files, etc. And this is just a tip of the iceberg of what is available for students to learn and to progress.
Jonny’s own enthusiasm, charisma, mentoring and performance skills are unmatched!
I also like that Jonny has done classical piano studies and he can perfectly understand some struggles classical pianists might go through when transitioning to jazz.
I feel that my skills in the last 6 months have improved significantly. I have even committed to practicing everyday (something I’ve struggled to organise myself to do for years).
Every month I learn new cool arrangement, regularly take part in the student challenges and collaborations, which are a lot of fun, but also require a lot of focused work. There are many other activities, in which I haven’t participated yet.
But most importantly there is a great community of very supportive, hugely talented and incredibly inspirational people who are always ready to listen to you, encourage and give feedback, no matter if you post performance video or a little everyday practice or the question or a talk about challenging situation.
There are so many priceless little gems and masterpieces published basically daily on the members FB page, listening to which will make you motivated, merry, warm and fuzzy, empathic, awestruck and generally very happy and glad to be a part of PWJ.
By the following April I was able to expand one of these tunes using the improvisation techniques Jonny teaches to record a wedding anniversary song for my wife. The PWJ Facebook community is a place where we share progress videos and the encouragement there gave me the confidence for this project. My wife loved it.
Since joining I’ve also had Jonny answer my questions in his live Q&As and feedback from one of the other tutors on a piece I uploaded for the monthly student assessment.
There is a wealth of material I still need to explore and Jonny is adding to it constantly with lessons for people of all abilities.
I'm a member since February 2021, and I am 200% satisfied. As a member, you'll get access to a huge amont of video-courses, backing tracks, theorical & practical lessons on any usefull subjects a piano player needs. It opens up the potential of the student. It increases your curiosity.
The very + :
1) the "My Piano Path" is a special personalized learning program which is gonna help you to stay focus on a logical progression. There are thousands of courses, and the personnalized "My Piano Path" will help you follow the right learning focus and get better results !
2) the PWJ Community is this lovely group of students all over the world (Facebook Group + Forum on the website). For the "Petrucciani"s or just for the beginners/intermediate, sharing video-recording of your practice and progress is very stimulating. Ask any question, and someone's gonna help!
3) the regular Online Workshop & Live events help you stay connected to your teacher. You can ask questions, make things clear.
In a nutshell : I do highly recommand "Piano With Jonny" 👍🏽 Thanks !
I don't usually post these kind of posts, but PWJ has been the highlight of these last two months for me. I joined for Jonny's courses and I'm really happy with these. There is an abundance of courses (and learning tracks) covering fundamentals, exercises and tunes across many styles. Jonny teaches without overwhelming with irrelevant material. The difficulty is progressive and focused on the problem in hand. In two months I've made quite a bit of progress.
Having said all of that, I have to add that in fact, when I joined I had no idea that there is more: Live workshops (a few every month for different playing levels), live recitals, Q&As and student assessments (you can send your playing for feedback) all of which I found very helpful. But the biggest discovery for me was the facebook members group. Just an incredible community where besides PWJ's monthly challenge+collab final project (accompanied by beg/int/adv lessons from Jonny) there are member challenges, practice sessions/achievements vids shared by the members and an incredibly friendly and encouraging community. I'm really grateful for discovering this school and highly recommend it!
You can have this valuable experience by attending this school. The piano performance will go up and the number of wonderful friends will increase. You can do things that you cannot experience in Japan. I am grateful for this.
In addition to his courses, he provides even more great opportunities through monthly workshops, Q & As, recitals, monthly challenges, etc. Something very unique and special in PWJ, is the Facebook member group. I’m loving the inspiration of watching so many other people working hard and enjoying their music too. It feels like I have new friends all over the world, and we all get to enjoy piano together and encourage one another. I’m really thankful for the whole experience here!
The PWJ online community is a motivational resource not to be underestimated, with piano personalities from all walks of life. You post a video if you want. Members return positive feedback, share experiences and ideas that keep you going, when you might feel ready to quit.
Thanks PWJ team for building a remarkable online learning experience.
The videos are very thorough and you can't help gettting very encouraged by Jonnys positive and happy style of teaching :D I also like that he's really theoretical from the very beginning, which I agree with, theory is the language of music and is nothing to be ashamed of.
There are also lead sheets, which is convenient for me who likes to learn fast, I don't always have the time to watch the videos.
I also really appreciate the very helpful and encouraging community on fb. It provides a safe space to post videos of your playing, regardless of level, and it has really helped me break some of my barriers. I also got some real deep questions answered along with guidance to further reading.
I'm sure I'll be renewing my membership when it expires :)
My level of piano went so high in just few mo this if practice and interaction with this amazing community!
Thanks John thanks all!!!!!
PWJ offers an amazing treasure trove of piano lessons geared for every playing level and encompassing every Jazz genre you can imagine including: Jazz playing foundations; monthly piano challenges; student collaborations; live on-line members’ events; quick tips about jazz playing techniques; monthly live student recitals; special guest teachers; and a huge library of Jazz arrangements; plus so much more.
If expanding and boosting your Jazz piano skills and connecting to an incredible community of talented musicians is your music dream — I highly recommend joining PWJ.com and start making those dreams become reality TODAY!
You get a few welcome emails to get you started and these were really useful for helping you find your feet. The site itself has a forum where members ask questions, provide suggestions, or PWJ make announcements.
A private Facebook group allows members to post progress videos in a closed, supportive environment.
The best things about the site are:
1) The amount of content is mind blowing, enough to keep you busy for years
2) The content is well arranged in various ways e.g. learning tracks aimed at different levels, music styles, or focus. There are also regular Q&A sessions, student recitals, and more
3) The sense of community. PWJers are very welcoming and will always provide positive feedback. Want some constructive criticism? Just ask, but it will still be nice. This is great for people lacking confidence.
I would highly recommended signing up for PWJ to anybody interested in learning piano or indeed existing players wanting to take their playing to the next level. You won't regret it.
I discovered Piano with Jonny through Facebook and began watching the free videos and tutorials. The thing that impressed me was the methodology that that Jonny uses with his lessons. The lessons are very thorough and well paced. Jonny does a great job explaining the basics and helping his students understand the music theory behind why things work the way they do. In other words, the lessons are about more than just learning lines, runs, riffs, and chords. Instead, the lessons are structured around solid music fundamentals.
I began working through the lessons a few months ago and I have been focusing on the Blues Lessons and Challenges. Since then, I have learned how the blues patterns and scales work and I’m now able to improvise in the blues style. Thanks to PWJ, I have improved in an area of my playing that has always been a struggle for me as a pianist.
Piano with Jonny is more than just a membership. It is a family of musicians who share and encourage each other through videos and comments. This is important because musicians need a circle of friends who who are working toward the same goals.
Piano with Jonny offers lessons for beginner, intermediate and advanced musicians so the lessons will work for any level of proficiency.
Based on my experience, I am convinced that students who begin at their proficiency level, follow the courses as they are presented, and consistently practice, they will improve and meet their goals.
I stumbled upon PWJ in Facebook. I couldn’t sign up fast enough for the jazz trial class. Loved it.
That said, after I finished, I balked and didn’t take advantage of the deeply discounted member price. Regretted it.
December rolled around and I got an email from PWJ with a special holiday price. I didn’t hesitate this time. I couldn’t pull the MC out of my wallet quickly enough.
Two things I love about this program:
1) the variety of courses and how they are structured. They start with the basics and build to an advanced level.
2) the community is SO supportive. It doesn’t matter where you are on the piano spectrum of playing, everyone is pulling for you to achieve and advance.
5 STARS !!!
But I'll have to say a little more than that...
I tried to self teach myself for a while but I realise now that I wasted precious time! I learnt so much more with Jonny the past 2 months than I did the past 2 years!
First of all, the learning platform is second to none. There is a huge amount of content there that's very well organised. With the great filter system you can easily find courses, lead sheets, smart sheets, arrangements or anything you can think of.
Jonny's way to teach is fun and he nearly makes it easy. It's hard to explain but if you watch any of his tutorial videos on YouTube you will probably see what I mean.
There is a monthly challenge running every month based on a different style of music or particular song. I didn't take part of it yet as I prefer to focus on learning all my foundations properly first but I can see the community getting heavily involved and learning so much from it. I look forward to take part of it.
Which brings me to mention the Facebook Group/Community. I've never been part of such an amazing community, filled with supportive people. No judging or negativity there, only support and constructive feedback which has an immense value.
So in conclusion Jonny he is an enthusiastic teacher and fantastic piano player - he really care about our piano journey and success.
If you consider getting the Piano With Jonny membership it's not just a list of courses and music sheets, it's an evolving and engaged platform that will fast track your progress and piano goals!
Specially I was trying to be able to do impro for Jazz standard songs but haven’t received lessons that enable for me to play it. When I first watched Jonny’s lesson video, I was able to play and was a sensational moment.
Specifically, the lesson is built by very small steps and the 360 degree input style (verbally, vision, scores, backing track and all) are super easy to understand as well as the lesson videos are organized so well in the site and help us easy to start, restart or enjoy different types of music simultaneously.
Not to mention the network among lesson mates. People with the same enthusiastic about music encouraging each other and that giving me and my daughter a great motivation to practice.
I joined PWJ with my 11 years old daughter. She's really enjoying practicing.
I encourage people who are considering to join PWJ, this is the place to enjoy practicing piano and share the joy of music with friends!
A great added value and incentive is also the community. You play for a very enthusiastic, positive and worldwide audience, you always get applause whatever your level is! I have no stress at all to play for the students and I spend hours watching their videos! They are all very inspiring and educational. If you want to learn jazz, blues, latin, bossa nova, gospel, pop, and rock and roll... come to PWJ! You will not regret it! Thanks, Jonny, for all these extensive, challenging, fantastic courses and Quick Tips. Thank you for the solid advice, for being so responsive to us, and the fun and beautiful songs we learn!
I have loved the piano since childhood. But my own musical creativity has been stifled by five decades of playing other people’s music, handicapped by a total dependence on written notes, and an inability to memorize or play anything by ear. I am learning things that I never heard before. I am having so much fun jamming with myself as I learn to play Boogie Woogie and Cocktail style. And I am excited to learn how to improvise and uncover the creativity that has been suppressed all these years.
Jonny is the best teacher I’ve ever had. And PWJ is enabling me to give my own piano students a richer experience than I ever had. I am so thankful.
All these qualities I've found in PWJ educational platform.
From the very first day of my membership I've been blown away by the difference between this way of learning versus taking private lessons, which is a solitary task.
First of all I'd like to say that on PWJ I find very interesting :
#The huge quantity of well-prepared resources available at any time.
#The interesting extra-activities that keep us happily busy many hours, and that make us lose the notion of time we've been sitting at the piano.
#The proficiency of Jonny as professional and teacher. His genuine interest for teaching and for the improvement of his students. He not only answers quickly all the questions, gives
advice, shares his musical secrets with everybody, but is also an extraordinary human being, very sensitive , always attentive to the emotional needs of the members of this community.
His uplifting messages cheer everybody up.
#The awesome Facebook Community, so supportive and inspirational.
Finally ,I can say that I've learnt more musical theory in these four months I´ve signed up to PWJ than in all the years I've been taking private classic piano lessons.
At first I joined for the course material. Specifically, I loved Jonny's course on blues piano, and how he breaks down his complex blues playing into small, manageable techniques that you can practice separately, making it easier to track your own progress. In these lessons Jonny demonstrates each technique individually and slowly, with an overhead camera view, along with the sheet music of what he's playing. So for me, as an aspiring jazz pianist, his lessons are an amazing opportunity to see and hear great piano technique that is very difficult to learn in any other way.
But I soon realized, after having joined for a couple of weeks, that the real value of Piano With Jonny--very difficult to put a price on this--is the interactive community of pianists of all levels that you become a member of. This community turns out to be an incredible source of motivation and encouragement. It centers around an exclusive FaceBook group, in which members post videos of their current progress on whatever they happen to be working on, and also provide words of encouragement and advice on the videos of others. This community has a fascinating dynamic; many members find others working on the same thing, and their postings become motivation for each other. Others find themselves overcoming performance anxiety by taking the first step of posting a video. Your lifetime goal of one day finally learning to play the piano--which you might put off for years-- is suddenly transformed into small, daily, achievable goals. I find myself practicing more than I ever have, and actually enjoying it!
Jonny May is a fantastic instructor. His courses are not short, show-off snippets, but in-depth skills teaching. Jonny always explains, shows, and guides in ways that are easy to understand. I always learn from every course I take, even in so-called beginning courses Jonny teaches things that took years for me to discover by other means.
And you cannot beat the price! I consider PWJ easily my best piano investment (other than my piano itself) I have made. I encourage anyone to check it out. You'll be glad you did!
Already playing for 40 years and dreaming of playing blues and other styles like latin and jazz (and integrate them in worship 😀)
Jonny learned me to play the blues, to improvise and above all: the understanding of scales, fingering, harmonisation and so much more…
Jonny is an excellent teacher and the PWJ platform (video’s, learning tracks, activity registration, etc.) is very helpful for my practice routine.
Also the interaction with other students is great and very stimulating to keep on developing new skills.
Practicing and playing piano 🎹 are now the most joyful moments in my life 😍
First, some background: I’m an advanced pianist and piano teacher in Chicago, Illinois. I’ve been playing for over 50 years, I have a degree in music theory, I’ve studied jazz piano with a well-known teacher. I’ve been teaching piano (mostly classical, but some jazz) for the past 28 years, and maintain a studio of about thirty students. I also have extensive experience playing piano at private functions, in restaurants and hotel lobbies, certain department stores known for their live piano music, and on dinner cruise ships.
But I’d grown bored of my playing. I knew that studying one-on-one would be expensive, and my work schedule is such that finding a time both I and the teacher were available would be difficult. I was somewhat hesitant to sign up for PWJ, because I thought that it would just be more of what was available from books or for free on YouTube. Why should I pay when I could just watch videos and teach myself? Nevertheless, I looked at the various online lessons available, and of those, PWJ seemed to me to be the best option. So somewhat reluctantly, I signed up.
Wow, what a great experience it has been in just the short time (a few months) I’ve been a member! Already I’m learning new ways to play pieces that I’ve been playing for years, I’m learning jazz theory that I’ve either learned and forgotten or never learned. I’m learning ways to freshen up my playing, which had become stale to me (and probably to those listening as well!). As a member, I have access to dozens and dozens of courses (with more being added every month!) so I can follow my interests and needs. I can, of course, schedule my lesson time to suit my work schedule; when I have time I can watch and work on a lesson or two, when I don’t have time, I don't have to show up for a lesson unprepared nor do I have to pay for a lesson I can’t attend.
In addition to the courses themselves, which are excellent, the PWJ community is a wonderful group of piano students who encourage each other, support each other, create study groups to work together in the same course, and most importantly, cheer each other on. I’m not really a “joiner” in that regard…. in groups both in person and online I’m usually a lurker. But this group has brought me out of hiding. We are encouraged to share videos of our progress, which I and many of my new PWJ friends do on a regular basis. When I first heard about this, I thought, “Yeah, that’s going to be dominated by a bunch of show-offs. No thank you.” I couldn’t have been more wrong. The videos people share range from beginners just starting out at the piano to advanced players who have regular gigs and have been playing for years, and of course everything in between. And there is no fear of having to post a “perfect” video. Just like the best in-person classrooms, people post where they are, mistakes and all. In fact, I’ve often told my own students who are learning to improvise for the first time, “You have a disadvantage in that it’s only you, the beginner, and me, the teacher. When I first learned to improvise, I was in a group with five other people, some of who had degrees in piano performance, all learning, making mistakes, and growing together. It made it much easier (and more fun).” The PWJ community helps create that same atmosphere, that we’re all learning together, and there’s no competition, no shame in being a beginner, and no shame in making mistakes or not knowing something. We’ve all seen rude, critical, and even cruel people in the online groups we’re a part of. But I’ve never encountered that in PWJ. It’s simply not part of the group dynamic. I can’t imagine it would be tolerated, either.
I’ve never met Jonny, but I can tell you that he is not only a good teacher, but it’s obvious that he is a warm and generous person. He didn’t set up a website and walk off to let it run itself. He regularly adds new courses, he has monthly workshops — long workshops in which he answers questions and teaches new things. He creates monthly challenges that many in the group participate in; he interacts with us in the PWJ members Facebook group. It’s clear to me he’s always thinking of ways to make PWJ even better for the members.
Since joining PWJ, my piano growth has gotten back on track after having been on a plateau for many years. I’m excited about the new things I’m learning and putting into practice. I’m not isolated (as playing the piano can be!) because I connect daily to others around the world who are also learning and growing. I’m watching them progress, I see my own progress, and I feel encouraged to keep my own practice going.
I heartily recommend becoming a PWJ member!
I found through courses, challenges and this wonderful community that feeling of playing with others like in a band. It's great 👍
Since recently that I am on the site, I can say that my motivation has returned, my dreams have become possible.
I highly recommend Piano With Jonny for the quality of the lessons, the approach which is from the start to play different styles, and without forgetting this sharing in this extraordinary community which never leaves you alone in front of a question
Do I progress? yes it is undeniable.☺️
I am French, and it is not a barrier to subscribe to the site in particular by the clarity of the explanations and of the documents accompanying the lessons.
Jonny May is not only a talented and accomplished musician, he is an exceptional teacher- clear and concise. You can see he really cares about what he is doing. The PWJ community is a terrific worldwide network of people who share a common interest- the piano. You can video and share your progress, get feedback and support. I find this very motivating. I could go on and on... but the bottom line is, this a great course, a great bang for your buck, and a great find in this era of online instruction. I highly recommend it.
Fortunately, I discovered Piano with Jonny. What struck me is how much effort Jonny puts into explaining the techniques that lead to those arrangements. He really provides a set of tools that I can use on other songs or improvisations. I also like the fact that the same base material (lead sheet) is used to create different styles of music (swing, Latin, ballad, ragtime…)
Although I feel I have gotten more than my money’s worth with these courses & workshops there is one thing that completely took me by surprise and that adds an enormous amount of value: The Piano with Jonny community. This is a place where people upload videos showing their progress. The community is super friendly & helpful. It is a real help in keeping me motivated.
Yes, there are many excellent piano players. But, Johnny is also a great teacher.
If you are wanting to progress your musical ability, I would highly recommend PWJ, as Jonny has a way of teaching that does not discriminate against any playing levels. Whether you have been playing for 10 years, or 10 minutes, you'll find something to learn.
Additionally, there is monthly challenges offered, that come in a weekly episode. By the end of the month, without realising it, you have learnt a new style/piano piece. Do yourself a flavor, give it a go. You wont regret it.
I had 2 teachers from whom I learned the fundamental things for which I am grateful and some things are also found here, but none taught me to improvise in the true sense of the word.
I think anyone can improvise, but not everyone can explain or make you understand.
I mean, I improvised and before I came here, I was doing it by ear but without understanding and I couldn't explain what I did there in that improvisation and evolution is slow.
Improvising is an art, a science, more precisely, always discovering something new, but it is absolutely necessary to have knowledge in your tool bag if you want to discover that something.
Now I want to learn other genres: blues and Latin and ragtime and boogie and gospel and funk even Disney and the list can go on.
I am very glad that I made this decision to join Piano With Jonny, and if you want the same thing as me you will definitely find what you are looking for here.
My playing has definitely improved since branching out into these new genres. My favorite thing is the monthly challenge - it's just that, a challenge that gets me out of my comfort zone and encourages me to share my progress with the facebook community. Side bonus - the community is FANTASTIC. You won't be disappointed!
Learning how to make music is the most exciting thing and makes me feel free, not just playing what is on the sheet.
Each lesson has its learning focus and I can learn them step by step at my own pace everyday.
I enjoy practising with backtracking and sharing my progress with other members, getting motivation and inspiration from them, not like practicing alone.
Now, practicing is my daily routine, what I keep in my mind is consistency and to finish what I've started.
As Jonny says "learning piano is like a journey", and as long as I have a destination, I'm sure he will guide me the right way.
Jonny is a master teacher with an incredible knack for building curriculum that teaches far beyond the notes on a page. Just a beginner? He's got it. Advanced piano player?
Yep, he's got you covered. I've played piano for 30 years and am amazed at breadth of material I'm learning: the new techniques, scales I didn't know existed, jazz chords, and ways to practice to become a proficient soloist. Jonny provides the tools, then shows us how to use them so our piano playing can soar with the stars. I highly recommend Piano with Jonny!
Los vídeos están detallados y las partituras están súper claras.
También el hecho de saber que formas parte de una comunidad te anima a seguir .
Estoy muy contenta de pertenecer al grupo.
I think he knows how to make the difficult easy because he shreds your work in such a way that you are progressing gradually but surely. The videos are detailed and the scores are super clear. Also knowing that you are part of a community encourages you to continue. I am very happy to belong to the group. I totally recommend it. Thank you Jonny
Don’t miss out! Price to join for one year is what I would spend for 3 one hour lessons
Looking forward to getting to know all new members.
This is really a great platform for learning, because the site has a clear structure, on which all lessons are built and there is feedback. I am very happy to be part of the community, not to be a loner. I began to master blues with great pleasure. I try to regularly share my results with friends on our Facebook page. Gradually, I hope to master the other sections. I wish all of us inspiration and success! Thank you Jonny!!!
Jonny is an amazing teacher, and motivator. The Piano With Jonny community of members are very positive and supportive, and they always give encouraging feedback. If anyone is looking to improve their piano skills, or if you're new to the piano and looking to learn, this is definitely the place to be!
After being a member for some time, I can say without a doubt, PWJ is the BEST instruction around. It is one of the best investments in my musical education I've ever made.
PWJ offers lessons on many styles (jazz, pop, rock, blues, etc.), along with downloadable sheet music, backing tracks (to play along), and quality instruction from Jonny himself. Jonny continuously adds content and engages with members in a friendly and responsive way. Not only is PWJ content-rich, it is evident that Jonny truly loves teaching and helping others achieve their musical dreams. PWJ has helped me reach musical heights I honestly never thought possible! I can't recommend it enough.
I'm still working on finger agility, and rebuilding lost skills, but in much more interesting, fun and beneficial ways. I'm now learning swing with walking bass, and so much more. I've always enjoyed playing ragtime, but could only play what was written, but since doing the December monthly challenge I can now improvise with it, and improvise non-ragtime songs into ragtime. PWJ isn't just about learning to play the piano, it's about learning how to be creative, original, fresh. It's about sharing where you're at, no matter how good or bad you are, and knowing that you will only receive advice and massive encouragement in return. It's about building mutual supportive relationships with others in the online community.
Jonny's teaching style through the online platform is far better than anything else I've ever encountered, including face-to-face lessons, and I would strongly recommend that anyone give it a go.
It still took me about two years for finally signing up, and all I can say is I fail to comprehend why it took me so long, but I‘m so glad I finally did. Jonny and his team were extremely helpful with setting me up on the system as we had to master a few technical problems, and when I finally got access to the full curriculum I was blown away by the mass of well laid-out courses now available to me. And on top comes this wonderful PWJ members facebook group which instantly became my virtual musical family. When I posted my first video I was literally sh****ing my pants, and I was overwhelmed by the positive, heartwarming and constructive feedback I received. The group creates a positive atmosphere where everybody is willing to grow and to share which really sucked me in, and this gave me a tremendous motivational boost.
I have played more piano in the last three months since I joined PWJ than in the decade before, and everybody in my environment keeps telling me that I get better and better. Jonny is always there to help with questions about the courses or certain technique-related questions, he gives fantastic feedback (don‘t know when the man sleeps) to every video I post, he is always available on FB messenger, he does fantastic monthly live Q&A sessions and Live Workshops on Facebook which are now like family gatherings, and he puts out great monthly challenges and new courses all the time.
Being a lawyer by profession, I am normally not overly emotional in my communication but I have to say it, I simply love this man. He brought so much good to my musical life, he really turned it around completely, and he did what nobody did before - he made me proud of what I have achieved so far, and he made me looking so much forward to my musical journey with him and the PWJ members. Thanks Jonny, glad to know you!
Jonny and his team have scratched that itch and my skills have grown substantially. I’m amazed by the progress shown by his other students, from beginners through professionals.
The content really is top notch, and Jonny is always adding new stuff.
1. The Coach - Jonny explains difficult techniques in a very simple and easy to understand way. There's sheet music for those that like to read music, and there's a clear visual of the keys and proper fingers if you like to play by watching.
2. Types of Music/Quality of Material - Ragtime, Jazz, Blues, Contemporary, and you get to move at your own pace.
3. Amazing support group on Facebook - Pianists need encouragement, or they have more questions that can be answered by fellow students that have worked on the same song.
4. Q&A support/liveworkshops - You really get to interact with Jonny! That's pretty special. 😃
Since I suscribed on the website, I've been learning a tone of things. Thank you Jonny for teaching us all these piano styles. It is such a pleasure to work on your lessons everyday. Before joining the community, I wondered several times where to find well-structured jazz, rock, boogie lessons and it seems I've found you 😄. Thank you all for your precious advice and kind words.
From France with love ❤
Jonny teaches songs. True story. More importantly though Johnny teaches you theory and why something works and how something works so you can apply it to other songs and styles you want to play.
Lastly- Jonny is engaged. He is always around and is quick to answer questions about a course or an issue you are having. He cares about the students.
It also helps that Jonny is fun! Listen to the man play- how. An you not be inspired?
Lacked inspiration, and was frustrated and stuck. Seemed like too high a hill to climb to learn things like the blues or jazz....anything I played wasn't enjoyable after listening to the great piano players. Jazz music and improv exposes your level in a big way, and it caused me to stop trying and focus on other fun pursuits.
Then I heard one of Jonny's performances on YouTube....and got curious. Written arrangements got me interested to dip my toe in the water again. Then I was exposed to short skill-based challenges that served as the building blocks of many of the different genres of piano music. Improvising lines started to become fun, even though I was essentially just starting from scratch again.
I'm a new student here and love Jonny's passion and talent specifically in breaking down all kinds of music into small, digestible parts. It makes the goals seem achievable. I've had jazz teachers in the past who were masterful players but couldn't articulate what they were doing, or how they put it together. So a lot of it felt disjointed and piecemeal, or simply went over my head. Love how Jonny blends classical training with the world of improv piano music and theory. There's a lot of depth there and a patience to both pull up to explain concepts from a 10k feet view, as well as get nitty gritty at the molecular level of piano playing. I also love how Jonny's materials teach you to become both a solo piano player as well as a part of a multi-piece combo.
Stylistically I love how Jonny plays, arranges, writes, and interprets. Pure entertainment...virtuosic and complex enough but not too esoteric at the risk of alienating people.
Love the passion, love the positivity, and the care Jonny brings to his work. It's definitely a genuine labor of love!
Looking forward to learning more from Jonny as well as my fellow classmates.....!!!
You could try to find a local teacher, but it's really hard to know what you're going to get. Will you get along, will you do your practice in time for the next lesson, will you be able to learn styles that motivate and challenge you?
You could find a whole bunch of random lessons all overt the internet, but will there be enough structure for you to understand and progress?
Piano with Jonny presents a great hybrid model. You can watch Jonny on YouTube and know that you'll love the styles he plays (and teaches). You can take the lessons at your own pace, but if you commit to uploading one video of your practice each week, you'll have the same accountability as you get from going to private lessons. It doesn't take long to learn Jonny is one of the nicest guys around and loves teaching. The community is super active - Jonny's always answering questions and giving great feedback. Everyone else is super-supportive too.
All of the lessons are structured into pathways based on style (swing, latin jazz, blues etc.), or in the fundamentals group (keys, scales etc.). When new content is added, it gets put in the right pathway and at the right level so it's easy to know what's coming next.
I like the teaching style. There's sheet music if you want it, but with video, you can learn by watching and trying. Jonny is determined to teach people the tools necessary for improvising! We learn by starting with a "lead sheet" - it's just the notes you would hum and all of the chords. Then we build the piece up with great techniques in the left and right hands for a rich sound. We're not just learning to play the piano, we're learning to be musical!
I'm looking forward to learning to play solos and improvise with confidence. I'm sure Piano with Jonny will help me get there.
I am also gaining a much broader understanding of styles and how to get certain sounds and grooves.
In my year and half of being a member, I have grown more than I ever through possible. I now have about 30 songs in my repertoire (and counting) and I am able to play one hour gigs on my own. I am writing more than ever too.
Jonny is not only an amazing musician, he is a gifted teacher. Those two gifts don't always go together. I am also a teacher and it has been fun to apply what I learn with Jonny with my students.
Jonny's is actively involved in the community. Yannick is as well. Their constant encouragement and feedback is incredibly meaningful. I also find the encouragement and feedback from fellow PWJ members makes this a very special place to learn and grow.
There are so many lessons available to us as members and Jonny is always creating more. The monthly challenges, quick tips and live sessions are amazing. I have to remind myself to focus because there is truly so much offered. Such a huge return on a small financial investment.
I will end by saying that the deeper I go with this work the more I learn about myself. It isn't always easy studying at this level. I am noticing that my commitment is starting to pay off and my learning is accelerating. I still hit plateaus but with each one I'm able say..."Ah! I've been hear before and persevered to the other side. It was so worth it. Remember how far you have come. Keep going!"
Piano With Jonny has changed my life. Thank you!
The tuition system at PWJ is ideal for me, as a relative beginner, everything is well explained in the video, and there is downloadable sheet music for music readers, and also backing tracks. Each lesson progresses in stages, so that an intermediate player, or an advanced player can start part way through, and yet a beginner going from the start can sound good quickly.
I played guitar and bass in groups as a teenager, and bought a piano and taught myself to play a few basic chords.
When I retired from work I decided to learn to play properly, and now, at the age of 75, this is my only hobby, and I love it. I am improving gradually, and, due to being asked to record myself and post videos to the members Facebook page, I have received lots of encouragement from people all over the world. I can also look back at them and see how I have improved, and that gives me great satisfaction.
I would tell anyone who is interested in learning to play the piano, this is without doubt the best place to learn. Thank you, Jonny May, for the hours of pleasure Piano With Jonny has given me.
I remember posting my first video on the PWJ community Facebook page and being really nervous. I’m not the kind of person who likes to put himself out there and definitely not post videos of myself. After that first video, I got such great feedback from Jonny and the other members, that a spark had been ignited. Getting such wonderful encouragement from the PWJ community, gave me such a boost of confidence that I started practicing more and posting more. It’s cool to look back at all of the videos that I’ve posted on the PWJ FB page over the last couple of years. It’s like having a diary of my progress.
I love the way Jonny teaches and breaks down his lessons. He starts with basic concepts and then expands on those concepts. I have learned how to play so many great styles that used to be so foreign to me as a classically trained pianist. Besides all of the great lessons on the website, there is a monthly challenge which is one of my favorite things. Basically, every month you learn a different style or song, and it’s broken up into 4 weekly videos. The videos are so easy to follow and each video builds upon the previous video. By the 4th video you’re playing a complete song or have learned a new style.
Besides Jonny’s teaching style, the thing I love most is having this online PWJ community. This community, which feels like a family, is so supportive and friendly. We all have a common goal, to become better pianists. When we surround ourselves with like minded people who encourage us, we tend to grow the most. I think this online community is one of the things that sets PWJ apart from other online courses. For me, Jonny’s teaching style mixed with his videos, live workshops, monthly challenges, and topped with the support of the online community, makes PWJ a formula for success. I look forward to continue learning and growing as a pianists for many years to come with PWJ!
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The Top 10 Reasons Why People Join PWJ
You studied with traditional lessons and got bored
You want to learn jazz and popular styles of music
You wish you could play a lead sheet in any style
You were never taught how to improvise
You never got clear guidance on how to practice
You feel overwhelmed by too much information and need structure
You feel stuck on a plateau playing the same old songs and licks
You wish you had a supportive community to learn with
You are short on time and aren’t getting results you want
You don’t have hundreds of dollars for private lessons each month
Yes. We teach you how to set goals, how to structure your practice, and how to get results using effective practice methods. On top of that, our supportive community allows you to share videos and build confidence over time.
Yes. With our method you will learn how to “see” music as chords and patterns. This approach makes it much easier to learn songs instead of the old rote repetition approach to learning.
No. Sheet music is provided as an additional learning resource for students who want it. Our courses will help you become familiar with music notation, but all the notes are clearly demonstrated with the light-up keyboard.
Definitely not! Many of our students are late beginners who simply want to pick up a new hobby to stay mentally sharp. We help you ignite your passion for music at any age.
Yes. You can watch our lessons from any browser or device such as your phone, tablet, or computer with an internet connection.
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