Best Piano podcasts — Lessons, compositions, improv (Updated October 2017; image)
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APM: Performance Today - Piano Puzzler
 
A Classical music quiz podcast: Test your ears as Bruce Adolphe takes a popular tune and transforms it into something that sounds like it was composed by one of the greats.
 
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Piano Jazz Shorts
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A preview of upcoming conversations and improvisations with Marian McPartland and the brightest stars from the world of jazz.
 
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Piano And All That Jazz Podcast
 
Original jazz piano compositions with host Mark Stevens
 
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Jazz Piano School
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Learn jazz piano without the guesswork. The ultimate hub for online jazz piano education.
 
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Creative Piano Teaching Podcast
 
Supporting Creative Music Teaching
 
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New Age Piano podcast from Magnatune.com
 
60 minutes of New Age Piano, all commercial free, with no talking DJ between songs. All songs Creative Commons by-nc-sa 1.0 licensed from the record label that isn't evil: magnatune.com
 
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We go a further down the rabbit hole and explore some of the way you can begin to use the modal interchange chords we discussed in the last episode for reharm. I also talk about my favorite ways to use these chords and how to optimize their beautiful harmonies.
 
Thanks for reading CPTP109: What is Solfa and How Does it Help Students with Christopher Sutton from Creative Music Education. Depending on where you got your musical start, solfa might be an integral part of your musicianship – or it might be a foreign language. If you didn’t learn solfa growing up or never felt like you had a”good ear” it can ...…
 
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APM: Performance Today - Piano Puzzler
 
American Public Media's Performance Today features live concerts by famous artists in concert halls around the globe and from the American Public Media studios as well as interviews, news and features. Performance Today audiences, on any given day, may hear from performances in the great concert halls of New York, Prague, London, Berlin and Paris.…
 
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Piano Jazz Shorts
 
In 1984 when pianist Makoto Ozone was McPartland's guest for the first time, he had become known as a rising jazz star. In his early 20s he was already a master technician with many keyboard influences, including Oscar Peterson, but he first heard jazz from his father at home in Kobe, Japan. In this session he displays his powerful, hard-drivin ...…
 
Modal Interchange starts to dive head first into the theory rabbit hole for sure. But in this episode, I'll cover the basics of what it is, where you'll see it and how you can start to use it in your playing!
 
Thanks for reading CPTP108: Ear Training That’s Actually Fun with Kristin Jensen from Creative Music Education. Ear training can be dull. But it definitely doesn’t have to be. Kirstin Jensen is here to tell us about some super fun and effective aural activities you can do with your students in just a few minutes of lesson time. These ideas will ...…
 
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This week's contestant is Jason Carr from Philadelphia, PA
 
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Piano Jazz Shorts
 
Israeli-born pianist, composer, and arranger Anat Fort is classically trained but is also well-studied in jazz improvisation. A prolific composer, her musical worlds come together in elegant and often intense tunes, and she has been commissioned to write work for both orchestra and jazz settings. In this 2007 Piano Jazz session, Fort performs h ...…
 
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Piano Jazz Shorts
 
McCoy Tyner is an inventive composer and pianist, perhaps best known for creating the lavish harmonies and percussive piano lines heard on some of John Coltrane's most famous recordings. He also has had a successful career as a leader with his own McCoy Tyner Trio. On this 1983 edition of Piano Jazz, Tyner puts his prodigious technique to work ...…
 
I announce the contents winners for our podcast review and giveaway more prizes to everyone who entered. Meanwhile we explore rhythmic comping for harmonic movements.
 
Thanks for reading CPTP107: How to Simplify and Teach a Pop Song by Ear from Creative Music Education. When it comes to teaching pop, sometimes the best approach is to learn it aurally. Working out a pop song by ear gives you more opportunities to teach your students theory, and creates a much more musical experience. In this episode I take you ...…
 
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This week's contestant is Mike Ryan in Americus, GA
 
Not to take anything away from Keith on this one, but we reached PODCAST 100! Kind of crazy if you ask me? When I think about to all the hurdles, and problems we had to get through, I can't believe we've come this far. In order to celebrate we're giving away 2 amazing gifts. #1 A LIFETIME membershipt to jazz piano. Yes you read that correctly. ...…
 
Thanks for reading CPTP106: The Power of Keyboard Ensembles with Susan Ogilvy from Creative Music Education. For piano students, working in keyboard ensembles is fantastic for so many reasons. They teach kids about rhythm, phrasing, working as a team, and so much more. When you’re playing with another musician – you have to actually listen. Thi ...…
 
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APM: Performance Today - Piano Puzzler
 
This week's contestant is Joe Sorenson from Albuquerque, NM
 
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Piano Jazz Shorts
 
Classically trained flutist Holly Hoffman was influenced by her father, a fine jazz guitarist. At age five, she chose the flute because she could carry it to play music with him. Hoffman has taken the flute from the orchestra to the jazz stand, making her mark with a bluesy style all her own. In this session from 2002, bassist Darek Oles joins ...…
 
Herbie has always been a god in the jazz piano world. In this iconic track, Seven Steps To Heaven, we take a look at how Herbie is burnin' it up all over the place. He's got some beginner movements mixed with some advanced concepts. Anyone can learn from taking a look at this one. Enjoy!
 
Thanks for reading CPTP105: Building a Group Teaching Studio with Debra Perez from Creative Music Education. Debra Perez has helped teachers around the world to make the switch to a group teaching studio. She knows all the ins and outs of parent education, marketing and the best set up for your group piano lessons. Listen to this episode and yo ...…
 
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APM: Performance Today - Piano Puzzler
 
This week's contestant is Jean Bostrum from Zimmerman, MN
 
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New Age Piano podcast from Magnatune.com
 
In this podcast: 1. Kourosh Dini, 2. Jasmine Brunch, 3. Jasmine Brunch, 4. Kourosh Dini, 5. Jasmine Brunch, 6. Kourosh Dini, 7. Cobb Bussinger, 8. Kourosh Dini, 9. Cobb Bussinger, 10. Cobb Bussinger, 11. Kourosh Dini, 12. Jarkko Hietanen, 13. Kourosh Dini, 14. Kourosh Dini, 15. Jasmine Brunch, 16. Kourosh Dini, 17. Kourosh Dini…
 
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Piano Jazz Shorts
 
Tony Caramia is a world-class pianist and educator, currently teaching at the Eastman School of Music, where he is Director of Piano Pedagogy Studies and Coordinator of the Class Piano Program. Caramia is skilled in both classical and jazz, but has an affinity for ragtime, with a particular interest in British composer and pianist Billy Mayerl. ...…
 
Thanks for reading CPTP104: Forrest Kinney on the 4 Arts of Music from Creative Music Education. Forrest Kinney and I have a lot in common. We both believe that modern classical music eduction is missing a step when it comes to teaching the creative arts. Somewhere along the way improvising, composing and arranging got cut out of the equation – ...…
 
Bill Evans was one of the greats for a reason...well...multiple reasons. In this episode we take a look at the phrasing, subtleties, rhythmic motifs, and note selection of Bill Evans in this solo off one his famous albums, "Explorations".
 
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APM: Performance Today - Piano Puzzler
 
This week's contestant is Alan Fletcher from Aspen, CO
 
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Piano Jazz Shorts
 
A composer, improviser, and trumpeter, Dave Douglas develops music that transcends the boundaries of traditional jazz. In 2000, when he was McParland's guest, he was named JazzTimes magazine's "Artist of the Year." On this Piano Jazz, Douglas talks about his album Soul on Soul, his stunning tribute to Mary Lou Williams. He and McPartland share ...…
 
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New Age Piano podcast from Magnatune.com
 
In this podcast: 1. Jasmine Brunch, 2. Cobb Bussinger, 3. Kourosh Dini, 4. Cobb Bussinger, 5. Kourosh Dini, 6. Kourosh Dini, 7. Jarkko Hietanen, 8. Jasmine Brunch, 9. Kourosh Dini, 10. Kourosh Dini, 11. Kourosh Dini, 12. Kourosh Dini, 13. Kourosh Dini, 14. Jasmine Brunch, 15. Kourosh DiniBy http://magnatune.com/podcasts/.
 
It's the small nuances and attention to detail that will take your playing to the next level. What sound are you trying to create? How do you get it? After you've learned the building blocks of jazz improvisation, these transcription analysis will help put you on top.
 
Thanks for reading CPTP103: A Chat with Mayron Cole, Pioneer of Group Teaching from Creative Music Education. When Mayron Cole started teaching piano in groups, no one was doing it. She made up her own activities, learnt as she went, and gradually created her own curriculum which is now used in piano studios all over the world. Mayron is here t ...…
 
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This weeks's contestant is Brandon Baxter of Hastings, NE
 
Vocalist Veronica Nunn grew up in Little Rock, AR, absorbing all kinds of music, from jazz to funk to gospel. When she moved to New York in 1978, she split her time between Harlem's jazz clubs and the Theology Department at Lehman College. On this 2008 Piano Jazz, Nunn is accompanied by her husband, pianist Travis Shook. She demonstrates her so ...…
 
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New Age Piano podcast from Magnatune.com
 
In this podcast: 1. Kourosh Dini, 2. Kourosh Dini, 3. Cobb Bussinger, 4. Kourosh Dini, 5. Cobb Bussinger, 6. Jasmine Brunch, 7. Jarkko Hietanen, 8. Kourosh Dini, 9. Kourosh Dini, 10. Jarkko Hietanen, 11. Kourosh Dini, 12. Kourosh DiniBy http://magnatune.com/podcasts/.
 
Thanks for reading CPTP102: Teaching and Exploring Modes in the Piano Studio from Creative Music Education. When it comes to teaching modes, teachers can come across all sorts of stumbling blocks. For one thing, they may not have the in-depth knowledge they feel they need – or they may just be unsure of where modes fit in the piano curriculum. ...…
 
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APM: Performance Today - Piano Puzzler
 
This week's contestant is Scott Rose from San Antonio, TX
 
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Piano Jazz Shorts
 
Vocalist Ernie Andrews is a musician known for his tremendous vitality and ability to communicate that stems from his gospel roots. Influenced by Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Eckstine, and Johnny Mercer, Andrews' own special style is a mix of energy, drama, and humor. On this 1998 Piano Jazz, McPartland accompanies him as he sings "The More I See You ...…
 
Thanks for reading CPTP101: 100th Episode Special: Our Favourite Conversations From the Last 2 Years (Part 2) from Creative Music Education. Did you become a piano teacher because you LOVE music, but now struggle to handle the business side of things? Or perhaps you’re in a little bit of a teaching rut and need to find a way out? Well then toda ...…
 
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APM: Performance Today - Piano Puzzler
 
This week's contestant is Alex Strong from Bloomington, IN
 
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Piano Jazz Shorts
 
A former member of the Miles Davis "Famous Nonet," Lee Konitz is the foremost saxophonist in the cool style of jazz. He is also a composer, arranger, and teacher. While his very first instrument was a clarinet, he favored tenor sax and made his way to alto. What's more, he plays the piano! On this 1992 Piano Jazz, Konitz and McPartland combine ...…
 
Most of the time I hear beginner and intermediate players stop at using quarter notes and eighth notes. This greatly hurts the sound of your improvisation. Remember, jazz was and is a dance music! Rhythm is like the oxygen to jazz. Without it, your solo is going to die. Here's how to start adding rhythmic variety to your improv.…
 
Thanks for reading CPTP100: 100th Episode Special: Our Favourite Conversations From the Last 2 Years (Part 1) from Creative Music Education. It’s the 100th episode of the podcast! To celebrate we’ve put together a two part special with the best clips from the past 99 conversations about creativity, business and teaching transformations. If you ...…
 
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APM: Performance Today - Piano Puzzler
 
This week's contestant is Nathan Stodola from Brooklyn, NY
 
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Piano Jazz Shorts
 
A popular vocalist whose talent ranges from jazz to soul to R&B, Patrice Rushen is also a songwriter, arranger, and master keyboardist. She has performed with and produced for artists such as Stevie Wonder, Prince, Nancy Wilson, Michael Jackson, and Dianne Reeves, and she has played at some of the world's most prestigious jazz festivals. On thi ...…
 
A lot of the time when trying to get better at jazz piano, you simply have no idea what the future looks like...or even what the heck advanced players are doing! It sounds too far out of reach. Well I'm here to tell you it's not. In this episode I show you what is going to happen as you advance through the levels. This way you'll be able to see ...…
 
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APM: Performance Today - Piano Puzzler
 
Today's contestant is Bob Lagerquist from Eugene, Oregon.
 
I still get asked all the time, "How do I use modes to improvise and why are they important?" I'm confident this episode will remove this questions and finally allow you to understand how and why modes are important to your jazz improvisation. Enjoy!
 
Thanks for reading CPTP099: How Pamela Wedgwood Inspires her Piano Students from Creative Music Education. Pamela Wedgwood first started composing because her students wanted to learn pop…and yet they weren’t always ready to play the full pop music they wanted to. So she started experimenting to create music that would inspire them to practice. ...…
 
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APM: Performance Today - Piano Puzzler
 
This week's contestant is Allison Toltz from Montreal, Canada
 
We continue our series on minor 2-5-1’s as I explain rootless voicing options and different ways to improvise along with the notes and scales that you can choose from. With a little practice you’ll feel confident about playing minor 2-5-1’s in standards in no time!
 
Thanks for reading CPTP098: A Sneak-Peak Inside an Inner Circle Monthly Mastermind from Creative Music Education. One of the fantastic benefits that my Inner Circle members get access to is the opportunity to take part in a live mastermind call once a month. In these video calls we focus on hot topics for piano teachers, and members can ask que ...…
 
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APM: Performance Today - Piano Puzzler
 
This week's contestant is Richard Baum from Houston, TX
 
Playing minor 2-5-1 is usually a mysterious process for most. There is a lot of harmony that surrounds this subject and how to approach it. Rest assured these Minor 2-5-1 basics will allow you to feel confident when playing this type of harmony.
 
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