30 Full Lessons
For every day in September 2018, I hosted a 30-minute video call (often more like 40 minutes). These were hosted live for the original attendees to participate in, but each and every recording has been saved and archived, so that you can go through the course at your own pace.
We've saved the chat sessions from those live calls as well, and you'll still get a sense of community by participating in the Facebook group.
The best part? You'll have access to the video lessons forever.
Well-rounded and Organized Lessons
I taught these sessions like I teach in my studio - with a balanced approach between pop and Classical. This course is organized and step-by-step, with a focus on playing pieces, a daily lesson theme, and exercises to try each day.
Each video has a corresponding PDF reviewing the lesson, complete with a checklist. You'll also find PDFs of the exercises used and pieces played.
There is also a PDF file of the resources mentioned along the way, a PDF homework file, and other tools.
Suitable for Relative Beginners
This course is designed with relative beginners in mind. This is the student who has been playing a year or two, understands some of the basics, but is unsure what or how to learn. They may be stuck, bored, or in need of a refresher.
For absolute beginners, I've created this handy starter guide to make sure you understand the fundamentals before joining the group.
Here are some of the topics we'll cover during our 30 days together:
• Understand how to learn a piece of music from start to finish, using several pieces that we'll work together on
• Learn how to use the left hand in a variety of ways, instead of using just solid chords - this makes your simple pieces sound more interesting
• Hands-on technique: Each day will come with a new technical exercise to improve your playing, as well as improve your understanding of music
• Why it's worth bridging the gap between pop and Classical, and how pop music can help you better learn and understand Classical music
• Discussion of topics such as motivation, how to practice with limited time, how to practice properly, how to polish a piece, and more
• Rhythm skills, such as using a metronome, playing 8th notes properly, challenging time signatures like 3/4 and 6/8, and more
• Make sense of common chords, chord progressions and complicated chords
The idea is to take away some of the overwhelm and confusion that comes along with learning piano, especially learning piano without a teacher.
I wanted to add a few extra bonus gifts to help you out with this 30-day group project. There's so much free content on PianoTV.net that it can be challenging to sift through it, no matter how much I try to keep the information organized. These are re-formatted and re-purposed content from the website which I think you'll find directly helpful on your journey.
Beginner Sheet Music Collection (PDF)
This is a 58-page collection of all the beginner sheet music on PianoTV. On the website, individual PDFs are available for download alongside each video, but here they've been conveniently packaged together. Each of these sheets has a corresponding tutorial if you'd like to learn them.
Scale Chart (PDF)
This set of 4 PDFs includes a chart of each major and minor scale (both in color and in black and white). Our video editor is a great designer and I find these really useful - we created them for the website, and I've been using them in my studio ever since.
I've curated 15 discussion-type PTV videos for this course and converted them to audio. They're meant to educate and inspire you as you go along your journey, and can be listened to podcast-style (one of my favorite ways to consume media).
Allysia has been teaching piano to people of all ages and levels, from three-year old beginners, to youth and teenagers, to retired adults, since 2005. Her website PianoTV.net and YouTube channel is the product of her desire to branch out and share music in new ways, and to provide a coherent framework for beginners.
She’s been playing piano since she was little, first taking lessons with her mother, and later with several trained piano teachers. Her musical education had a very creative focus, with lots of arranging and ear training.
As a teenager she decided to develop her songwriting skills by joining a loud rock band, which was a blast and is something she’s been doing ever since.
In 2005, she went through training to become a piano teacher at Long and McQuade in her Saskatchewan hometown, where she often taught fifty students each week, putting them through exams, competitions and recitals on a regular basis.
She also taught piano independently in Toronto, where she learned the ropes of being self-employed, which evolved into having her own bustling home studio in Saskatchewan. In addition to teaching, making videos and courses, she’s also adjudicated a couple music festivals, something she hopes to keep doing in the future.
For more information, please visit her at her website www.pianotv.net.