June 2020 Update

In June, we released 3 new Courses, 4 Quick Tips, 7 Smart Sheets, 13 Backing Tracks, the new Student Collaboration, the Live Q&A, the Q&A Submissions, and the Student Assessment.

Courses:
Play Piano Lead Sheets with Shells & Guide Tones
Amazing Grace Piano Hymn – Slow Gospel Blues 1
Amazing Grace Piano Hymn – Slow Gospel Blues 2

Quick Tips:
Play Smooth Blues Piano Licks Using Grips
Improvise a Solo Over Any Jazz Standard on Piano
The Most Beautiful Piano Chord, the Heaven Chord
How to Improvise Contemporary Piano (Beginner)

Congratulations to our Student of the month, Shanti Kosasih! Read her spotlight right here.

We have some super exciting news!

  1. Live Student Recitals – This is your chance to perform in front of the other students! Stay tuned for further instructions.
  2. PWJ Scholarships – Applications available for students who are financially unable to join PWJ.
  3. New Resources Page – A quick way to reference theory/foundational topics. You can find this page under the More tab.
  4. New Pedal Course- We’ll be publishing a Pedal Course in July where Jonny demonstrates how to use the pedal on different styles of playing.

May 2020 Update

In May, we released 3 new Courses, 4 Quick Tips, 7 Smart Sheets, 22 Backing Tracks, the new Student Collaboration, the Live Q&A, the Q&A Submissions, and the Student Assessment.

Courses:
2-5-1 Chord Extension & Alteration Exercises
Breaking Down a Jazz Solo 1
Breaking Down a Jazz Solo 2

Quick Tips:
Essential Blues Piano Scales
Jazz Piano Complete Beginner Lesson
Learn How to Play Stride Piano
How to Play Jazz Piano like Herbie Hancock

Congratulations to our Student of the month, David Moody! Read his spotlight right here.

And our final announcement is that we have received the licenses to create lessons for these 5 copyrighted songs! We will start working on recording these in the coming weeks ahead.

-Autumn Leaves
-All the Things You Are
-Summertime
-Misty
-Girl from Ipanema

April 2020 Update

In April, we released 3 new Courses, 6 Quick Tips, 8 Smart Sheets, 18 Backing Tracks, the new Student Collaboration, the Live Q&A, the Q&A Submissions, and the Student Assessment.

Courses:
Piano Chord Alterations
Cocktail Jazz Accompaniment 1
Cocktail Jazz Accompaniment 2

Quick Tips:
Play Contemporary Gospel and R&B Piano in 3 Steps
The Most Important Improv Exercise for Jazz Piano
Optimizing Your Online Piano Teaching Setup
Play Jazz Swing Piano Accompaniment
How to Practice Scales for Jazz Piano
Chord Enclosures Jazz Piano Improv Exercise

Congratulations to our Student of the month, Megan Kuhl! Read her spotlight right here.

And our final announcement is that we officially brought on Katie Rushing to the PWJ Team as our new Content and Community Manager! We’re so excited for you to get to know her better 🙂

New Community Manager Announcement – Katie Rushing

PWJ Members,

We want to introduce you to the newest member of our team. Meet our new Community Manager, Katie Rushing! 🎉

We put together a short video for you to meet her. Check it out and give her a warm welcome in our PWJ Facebook Group, the Student Forum, or our Email Support Desk.

Katie will be working alongside us to serve you inside our community by:

  • Helping you navigate the website
  • Offering course recommendations
  • Posting event announcements and reminders
  • Providing lots of encouragement to you as you learn! 😁

Her journey is similar to many of yours…

She started out as a classical player and wanted to branch out into blues, jazz, and contemporary piano. She’s been a student at PWJ since 2017 and has made stellar progress!

We’re so grateful to have her join our team.

March 2020 Update

In March, we released 4 new Courses, 4 Quick Tips, 7 Smart Sheets, 38 Backing Tracks, the new Student Collaboration, the Live Q&A, and the Student Assessment.

Courses:
Chord Shell and Guide Tone Exercises
Chord Extensions
Jazz Ballad Composition
Block Chords

Quick Tips:
3 Exercises for Minor Jazz Piano Improv
4 Piano Techniques to Create Happiness
3 Slow Blues Improv Techniques
How To Make Any Major Chord Sound Jazzy

Congratulations to our Student of the month, Paul Toal! Read his spotlight right here.

February 2020 Update

In February, we released 3 new Courses, 4 Quick Tips, 6 Smart Sheets, 7 Backing Tracks, the new Student Collaboration, the Live Q&A, and the Student Assessment.

View the Courses
Watch the Quick Tips
Start the Smartsheets

Congratulations to our Student of the month, Yvonna Yeroyan! Read her spotlight right here.

January 2020 Update

In January, we released 5 new Courses, 4 Quick Tips, 7 Smart Sheets, 5 Backing Tracks, the new Student Collaboration, the Live Q&A, and the Student Assessment.

View the Courses
Watch the Quick Tips
Start the Smartsheets

Congratulations to our Student of the month, Anthony Malizia! Read his spotlight right here.

2019 Annual Holiday Awards Party

Welcome to the 2019 PWJ Annual Holiday Awards Party, where recognized and awarded students who made extraordinary progress this year. 🎉

Co-founders Jonny May and Yannick Lambrecht announced the winners, featuring select student performance videos, and answered your questions about PWJ.

Awards Winners

  • Most likely to play at Disneyland: Andrei Borg
  • Most likely to play at Carnegie Hall: Chris Knox
  • Most likely to brighten your day: Lindsey Gallagher
  • Best costume: Ido Bernstein & Eric Rinehart
  • Biggest cheerleader: Anthony Malizia & Yvonne Yeroyan
  • Best blues performance: Juho Peuraniemi
  • Best jazz performance: Maeva Liebling
  • Best non-piano instrumental: Dina Melucci & Eric Rinehart
  • Best vocal performance: Oscar Firth-Robertson & Vashti Summervill
  • Best solo award: Natalia Ledger & Rich Barton
  • Best young performer: Kai Snead & Nicholas Neumann
  • Most helpful student: Joshua Argyle & Mila Moreno
  • Most creative video award: Megan Kuhl & Brian Novak
  • Most improved beginner student: David Silos & Suzanne
  • Most improved intermediate student: Sam Argier & Julie Perry
  • Most improved advanced student: Josh Walsh & Debbie Wolfe
  • PWJ Honors Award: Terry Hopley

November 2019 Update

In November, we released 3 new courses, 4 Quick Tips, 7 smart sheets, 15 backing tracks, the Halloween Collaboration, the Live Q&A, Student Assessment, and launched the PWJ Local Forum.

View the Courses
Watch the Quick Tips
Start the Smartsheets

Congratulations to our Student of the month, Terry Hopley! Read his spotlight right here.

October 2019 Update

This month, we released 3 new courses, 5 Quick Tips, 8 smart sheets, the Johnny Hodges Interview, and published the Bossa Nova Student Collaboration.

View the Courses
Watch the Quick Tips
Start the Smartsheets

Congratulations to our Student of the month, Ido Bernstein!

September 2019 Update

This month, we released 2 new courses, 4 Quick Tips, 6 sheets, and the newest feature at PWJ, Student Collaborations!

View the Courses
Watch the Quick Tips
Start the Smartsheets

Congratulations to our Student of the month, Vashti Summervill!

Student Collaborations Announcement

Announcing our newest addition to the PWJ Membership, Student Collaborations! 🎉🎶😆 Each month, you’ll have the opportunity to play with Jonny and your fellow PWJ students.

We’re kicking this month off with the Bossa Nova Collaboration, where you’ll improvise in the Bossa Nova style.

You can participate in the collaboration by clicking here.

Launch Party

Get ready for the member-exclusive launch party, where we’re playing games and giving away some amazing prizes!

Launch Party Winners

Go:Keys Keyboard
Ferdinand Armas

One-Year PWJ Membership
KS Lim
Tony Pajak

Private Lesson with Jonny
Preston Reynolds
Greg Vant

Sheet Music
Doug
Valerio Novelli
Alain Constantine
David Vogt
Kim Robinson

Metronome
Kathryn Sharpe

Trivia Prizes
Chris Knox
Ben Cope
Naomi Timmons
Ido Bernstein
Dina Melucci
Teri Shelton
Rich Barton
Serina Carameli
Lana Antoine
Lorcan Russell

July 2019 Update

This month, we released 3 new courses, 4 Quick Tips, 30 One-Minute Tips, and 6 Smart Sheets.

June 2019 Update

This month, we released 3 new courses, 4 Quick Tips, 3 One-Minute Tips, and 4 Smart Sheets.

May 2019 Update

This month, we released 3 new courses, 5 Quick Tips, and 8 Smart Sheets.