Monthly Update (May 2021)

In May, we released 2 new Courses, 4 Quick Tips, 6 Smart Sheets, 24 Backing Tracks, the new Student Collaboration, the Live Q&A for Beginner/Intermediate, the Live Q&A for Intermediate/Advanced, the Q&A Submissions for Beginner/Intermediate, the Q&A Submissions for Intermediate/Advanced, and the Student Assessment.

New Courses:
How to Improvise a Solo With the Major Scale 1
Autumn Leaves Jazz Swing 1

New Quick Tips:
#1 Piano Exercise for Speed, Strength, & Control
How to Improvise Piano with Black Keys Only
Slow Blues Piano for Beginners
How to Play Piano like Norah Jones

Standout Performances:
Anthony Shiels – Fly Me to the Moon
Frank Scaccia / Harrison Moss – Tipitina Duet
Matt Knowlden – Blues Improv
Dan Molnar – One Last Breath
Fercebe San Blas – Alfonsina y el mar

Congratulations to our Student of the month, Masako Cross! Read her spotlight interview right here.

Monthly Update (April 2021)

In April, we released 3 new Courses, 5 Quick Tips, 8 Smart Sheets, 16 Backing Tracks, the new Student Collaboration, the Live Q&A for Beginner/Intermediate, the Live Q&A for Intermediate/Advanced, the Q&A Submissions for Beginner/Intermediate, the Q&A Submissions for Intermediate/Advanced, and the Student Assessment.

New Courses:
How to Improvise a Solo With the Aeolian Scale 1
How to Improvise a Solo With the Aeolian Scale 2
Bach Prelude in C Harmonic Analysis

New Quick Tips:
1 Blues Piano Lick in 5 Levels of Difficulty
Improvise Jazz Piano with the Dominant Diminished Scale
3 Must-Know Jazz Piano Intros
Piano Chords – The Definitive Guide
Magic Chord Shapes – Major & Minor Piano Chords

Standout Performances:
Chris McMullin – Clair de Lune
Max Althoff – 1950s Rock n Roll
Sindre Skarelven – Fly Me to the Moon
Harrison Moss – Sunny Side of the Street
Andrei Borg – I Wanna Be Like You

Congratulations to our Student of the month, Kat Marie! Watch her spotlight interview right here.

Monthly Update (March 2021)

In March, we released 1 new Course, 4 Quick Tips, 4 Smart Sheets, 17 Backing Tracks, the new Student Collaboration, the Live Q&A for Beginner/Intermediate, the Live Q&A for Intermediate/Advanced, the Q&A Submissions for Beginner/Intermediate, the Q&A Submissions for Intermediate/Advanced, and the Student Assessment.

New Course:
How to Improvise a Solo With the Dorian Scale 1

New Quick Tips:
The Most Beautiful Minor Chord
Top 10 Reasons You Should Learn Jazz Piano
How to Improvise Jazz Piano with Triad Pairs
The Most Important Jazz Piano Exercise

Standout Performances:
Brian Shankman – Station Break Rag
Michael Unger – Danny Boy
Frank Scaccia – Bernie’s Blues
Komal Genovese-Mausfeld – Autumn Leaves
Kat Marie – Happy Birthday in 7 Styles

Congratulations to our Student of the month, Matt Thompson! Watch his spotlight interview right here.

If you would like to donate to Anika’s treatment, you can click here for her GoFundMe page.

Monthly Update (February 2021)

In February, we released 3 new Courses, 4 Quick Tips, 7 Smart Sheets, 22 Backing Tracks, the new Student Collaboration, 2 Live Q&As, the Q&A Submissions, the Student Assessment, and an artist interview with Jimin Park and Jonny May.

New Courses:
How to Improvise a Solo With the Mixolydian Scale 1
How to Improvise a Solo With the Mixolydian Scale 2
Ear Training – Interval Crash Course

New Quick Tips:
How to Improvise Piano for Newbies
How to Play Rock Piano (4 Steps)
Piano Accompaniment for Newbies (3 Steps)
How to Play Beginner Cocktail Piano in 3 Steps

Standout Performances:
Kim Harrison – Turtle Blues
Martyn/Barb/Seun – Love Progression Collab
Vashti Summervill – Original song
David/Laura/Andrea – Watermelon Man Collab
Robb Hoffmann – Against the Wind

Congratulations to our Student of the month, Barb Christenson! Watch her spotlight interview right here.

Monthly Update (December 2020)

In December, we released 3 new Courses, 4 Quick Tips, 6 Smart Sheets, 19 Backing Tracks, the Student Collaboration, the Live Q&A, the Q&A Submissions, the Holiday Awards Show, Jonny’s Live Christmas Concert, and the Student Assessment.

New Courses:
Go Tell It On the Mountain – Gospel Funk 1
Go Tell It On the Mountain – Gospel Funk 2
4 Note Comp Voicings over the Cycle of 5ths

New Quick Tips:
O Holy Night Contemporary Piano
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Piano Accompaniment
6 Steps to Beginner Blues Piano
4 Steps to Cocktail Blues Piano

Congratulations to our Student of the month, Martyn Ramsden! Read his spotlight interview right here.

Monthly Update (January 2021)

In January, we released 4 new Courses, 6 Quick Tips, 6 Smart Sheets, 18 Backing Tracks, a Live Q&A with Jonny, a Live Q&A with Yannick, the new Student Collaboration, the Q&A Submissions, and the Student Assessment.

New Courses:
How to Improvise a Solo With the Lydian Scale 1
How to Improvise a Solo With the Lydian Scale 2
Major Chord Inversions
Minor Chord Inversions

New Quick Tips:
10 Best Ways to Harmonize a Chord Progression
How to Improvise Piano with the Major Scale
How to Improvise Film Music
The #1 Stride Piano Exercise
How to Easily Memorize 100 Jazz Songs
Advanced Arranging Tips on Misty

Standout Performances:
Barbara Wilcox – A Wink and a Smile
Barb Christenson – Playing for her mom
Shanti Kosasih – Misty
Guillaume Riverie – Go the Distance
Masako Cross – Believe

Congratulations to our Student of the month, Rich Barton! Read his spotlight interview right here.

Monthly Update (November 2020)

In November, we released 2 new Courses, 4 Quick Tips, 4 Smart Sheets, 9 Backing Tracks, the new Student Collaboration, the Live Q&A, the Q&A Submissions, the Live Student Recital, and the Student Assessment.

Courses:
Hark the Herald Angels Sing – Jazz Ballad 1
Hark the Herald Angels Sing – Jazz Ballad 2

Quick Tips:
3 Steps to Get a Pro Jazz Swing Feel
Building Jazz Vocabulary with “The Rock Climber”
The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)  – Jazz Piano
Winter Wonderland Jazz Piano

Congratulations to our Student of the month, Dina Melucci! Watch her spotlight interview right here.

Monthly Update (October 2020)

In October, we released 4 new Courses, 5 Quick Tips, 7 Smart Sheets, 11 Backing Tracks, the new Student Collaboration, the Live Q&A, the Q&A Submissions, and the Student Assessment.

Courses:
O Holy Night Contemporary Piano – 1
O Holy Night Contemporary Piano – 2
Quartal Voicings Essentials
Rootless Voicings – Chord Types on Minor 2-5-1

Quick Tips:

Congratulations to our Student of the month, Emma Collingwood! Read her spotlight interview right here.

Monthly Update (September 2020)

In September, we released 3 new Courses, 4 Quick Tips, 6 Smart Sheets, 13 Backing Tracks, the new Student Collaboration, the Live Q&A, the Q&A Submissions, the Live Student Recital, the Student Assessment.

Courses:
Summertime – Slow Blues 1
Summertime – Slow Blues 2
How to Compose a Piano Waltz

Quick Tips:

Congratulations to our Student of the month, Ken Zimmerman! Watch his spotlight interview right here.

New teachers coming!  We’re in the process of bringing in new additional teachers to help add more courses, more live events, and create group classes. We’ll be introducing these super talented folks soon, so stay tuned!

Monthly Update (August 2020)

In August, we released 3 new Courses, 4 Quick Tips, 6 Smart Sheets, 9 Backing Tracks, the new Student Collaboration, the Live Q&A, the Q&A Submissions, the Live Student Recital, the Student Assessment, and the Studio 2 Launch Party.

Courses:
Modulation Essentials – How to Modulate a Song 1
Modulation Essentials – How to Modulate a Song 2
Key of E Major

Quick Tips:
Slow Jazz and Blues Piano Improv
How to Improvise Piano with Dorian Scale
Essential Jazz Piano Exercise – Chromatic Neighbors
How to Play Jazz Piano like Bill Evans

Congratulations to our Student of the month, Ellen Martinson! Read her spotlight right here.

We have some more super exciting news!
  1. We launched Studio 2  We’re so excited about the growth & expansion of PWJ! This 2nd studio will be used to feature our new teachers we’ll be hiring soon. This means more live events, more lessons, and we’ll be adding group classes. Click here to watch the Studio 2 Launch Party.
  2. Jonny May is moving – Jonny and his family are moving to Nashville, Tennessee where we’ll be opening up another studio.
  3. Website Updates – We’ve added some great new features to our website: 15 second rewind/fast forward button on videos, progress tracking for Learning Tracks, and progress tracking on Smartsheets

Monthly Update (July 2020)

In July, we released 3 new Courses, 5 Quick Tips, 7 Smart Sheets, 20 Backing Tracks, the new Student Collaboration, the Live Q&A, the Q&A Submissions, and the Student Assessment.

Courses:
Piano Pedal Essentials
Major Blues Scale (Gospel Scale) 1
Major Blues Scale (Gospel Scale) 2

Quick Tips:
How to Make Dissonant Piano Chords Sound Beautiful
Play Smooth Jazz Piano in 3 Steps
How to Play Jazz Piano Like Oscar Peterson
3 Must-Know Jazz Piano Licks
Jazz Piano 10 Steps from Beginner to Pro

Congratulations to our Student of the month, Andrei Borg! Read his spotlight right here.

We have some super exciting news!

  1. Copyrighted Lesson Sheets – Through our partnership with Musicnotes, we can now provide our copyrighted lesson sheets for print through Musicnotes.com for a discounted rate! (Members already have free access to the digital Smartsheets for these lessons)
  2. Member Survey – Click here to take our Member Survey if you haven’t already, and receive a free premium arrangement of your choice.
  3. Knowledge Base – You can visit our Knowledge Base to see our thorough list of answers to technical/website/music questions.

Monthly Update (June 2020)

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.

Monthly Update (May 2020)

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

Monthly Update (April 2020)

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.