Best Piano podcasts — Lessons, compositions, improv (Updated February 2018; 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
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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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So I'm going to say it...Jazz Piano is EASY...but...only after you have a plan to follow. I found this out the hard way after basically searching and guessing for most of my career until I finally developed my own plan. In this episode I talk about the foundation and TREE based concepts that splits off your foundation based on your specific goa ...…
 
Thanks for reading CPTP119: Con Brio Online Examinations with Peter Wang from Creative Music Education. Having built a successful music studio, Peter Wang wasn’t done. Now, he and his colleagues are trying to make their mark on the music exam world with Con Brio exams. They’ve set about addressing some of the common concerns teachers have with ...…
 
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This week's contestant is Rodger Reynolds from Ashland, VA
 
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Piano Jazz Shorts
 
Carol Sloane is a sublime singer of great songs. She is natural and unaffected, with a voice that embraces the melody and the listener with equal parts maturity and conviction. Combining spirit with character, elegance with style, Sloane has enchanted audiences all over the world. Her command of the Great American Songbook is unmatched. On this ...…
 
I think we can all agree Solo Piano is a NASTY BEAST! Even Bill Evans said it best to Marian McPartland, that he felt that he had a long way to improve, and this was AFTER he had recorded his first solo album which is ammmmazzing. Anyway, in this podcast I review the 7 most CRUCIAL elements to improving your solo piano and ensuring you're getti ...…
 
Thanks for reading CPTP118: The “Crisis in Creativity” with Kevin Olson from Creative Music Education. Kevin Olson is a natural composer. He started composing at a very young age and creativity seemed inevitable to him. Now, he wants to encourage that in the next generation. Apart from inspiring our students with wonderful motivating repertoire ...…
 
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This week's contestant is Duston Suits from Loami, IL
 
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Piano Jazz Shorts
 
When pianist Frank Kimbrough was McPartland's guest in 1997, he was performing regularly with the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra at Visiones Jazz Club in New York, where he has been active on the jazz scene for nearly four decades. An educator and recording artist, Kimbrough was a founding member and composer-in-residence of the Jazz Composers ...…
 
I can't believe this wasn't a podcast episode yet but thanks to a member request here we are! So I will keep this one short and give you the basics of the pentatonic scale as well as show you a glimpse of how far into the rabbit hole you can actually go. I'll continue with a follow up episode on this as we begin to take this further but practic ...…
 
Thanks for reading CPTP117: Creating Preschool Music Programs that Rock with Dave Simon from Creative Music Education. Have you ever thought about bringing rock bands into your teaching studio? Many teachers would be interested in this kind of ensemble playing experience, and the positive introduction it provides to music. But few would think o ...…
 
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APM: Performance Today - Piano Puzzler
 
This week's contestant is Chuck Romportl from Hopkins, MN
 
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Piano Jazz Shorts
 
Harmonically modern and rooted in the 1960s hard-bop school, Albert Dailey (1939 – 1984) had a superb command of his instrument. A leader and sideman, Dailey played piano with Art Blakey, Sarah Vaughan, Stan Getz, Charles Mingus, and Lee Konitz, to name only a few. He was one of McPartland's guests in the early years of Piano Jazz. On this 1983 ...…
 
We did an episode on walking bass lines part 1 a while ago and then I forgot to do PART 2! So here it is. Special thanks to one of our members for reminding me. :) In this episode we take it a step further and connect our roots and half notes with diatonic walking and approach notes. From here we can essentially connect any progression we want ...…
 
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APM: Performance Today - Piano Puzzler
 
This week's contestant is Ray Lancaster from Columbia Hill, SC
 
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Piano Jazz Shorts
 
Forceful double bassist and spirited vocalist Carline Ray (1925 – 2013) was known as one of the pioneering woman of jazz. A member of The International Sweethearts of Rhythm, she worked with prodigious female talents such as Mary Lou Williams and Marian McPartland. On this 1997 Piano Jazz, Ray shares her many abilities with McPartland as she pe ...…
 
So it's another new year. I waited till everything settled back down until I recorded this podcast. We've finally settled into our services and it's been a long journey. Listen here to find out what's next for JPS and how we're adding innovative concepts into our programs. Enjoy!
 
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APM: Performance Today - Piano Puzzler
 
This week's contestant is Matthew Johnson from Chattanooga, TN
 
Drummer Charlie Watts has been the heartbeat of the Rolling Stones for more than 50 years, though he has always had a passion for jazz and the blues. Saxophonist Tim Ries plays with the Stones, but as a true jazz journeyman, he's also worked with greats such as Maria Schneider, Maynard Ferguson, and Tim Woods. When Watts and Ries were on a brea ...…
 
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APM: Performance Today - Piano Puzzler
 
This week's contestant is Eric Ebbenga from New York City, NY
 
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Piano Jazz Shorts
 
In 2001 McPartland introduced Piano Jazz audiences to Liz Magnes, one of Israel's most dynamic and creative solo jazz pianists. Her signature style blends Eastern and Western influences, creating a World Music flavor. Magnes moved to New York in 2000, going on to perform coast to coast and dedicating much of her time to arts education. In this ...…
 
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This week's contestant is Shawn Hampton from Round Rock, TX
 
Virtuoso pianist, bandleader, and composer Eddie Palmieri has been called "the madman of Latin Jazz." His playing fuses the rhythm of his Puerto Rican heritage with the complexity of his jazz influences: Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner as well as his older brother, Charlie Palmieri. On this 1997 Piano Jazz, McPartland joins the ban ...…
 
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APM: Performance Today - Piano Puzzler
 
This week's contestants: Beau Smith
 
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Piano Jazz Shorts
 
Vocalist and pianist Tony DeSare discovered music at a young age and began performing as a teenager. He broke out on the New York music scene in the early 2000s with a role in the Off-Broadway review Our Sinatra and a lauded club debut at the Café Carlyle. On this 2008 Piano Jazz, McPartland accompanies him on "Memories of You" and "Do Nothing ...…
 
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APM: Performance Today - Piano Puzzler
 
This week's contestant is Daniel Swartz from Clark Summit, PA
 
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Piano Jazz Shorts
 
French-Canadian pianist and composer Lorraine Desmarais made her first appearance in the United States at the 1986 Great American Jazz Competition, where she took the highest honors. In 2012 she was awarded the prestigious Order of Canada for her work bringing Canadian jazz to the world. She was McPartland's guest for this 1991 Piano Jazz. She ...…
 
After amazing launch of our New LAB, we're switching over to a analysis series on how to use all the tools in the JPS Podcast and implement them into tunes. In the spirit of the holiday, I walk through different reharms and strategies on the tune Santa Clause Is Coming To Town. Enjoy!
 
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APM: Performance Today - Piano Puzzler
 
This week's contestant is Dan Larkin from Windsor, CA
 
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Piano Jazz Shorts
 
2017 marked the centennial of jazz giant Dizzy Gillespie (1917 – 1993). In a classic Piano Jazz from 1985, Gillespie discusses his work with Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk, demonstrates various rhythmic progressions, and shares his theory on Aretha Franklin's unique vocal phrasing. Inspired by the session, McPartland spontaneously creates t ...…
 
Thanks for reading CPTP116: What’s Coming in 2018 for the Podcast, Blog and Inner Circle from Creative Music Education. 2017 has been an amazing year and I’ve so enjoyed sharing piano teaching ideas and inspiration with you on the podcast. We’ve covered everything from lead sheets to best business practices, and the feedback from all of you has ...…
 
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APM: Performance Today - Piano Puzzler
 
This week's contestant is Beatrice "Bee" Newman from Kapaa, Hawaii.
 
December 4th at 10 pst is our official opening of our new lab launch. To give you more samples this podcast is taken from one of our live gig analysis from inside the lab. I'm confident you'll be able to get a lot of nuggets from this one. Enjoy!
 
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APM: Performance Today - Piano Puzzler
 
This week's contestant is Andy Zerman from New York, NY
 
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Creative Piano Teaching Podcast
 
Thanks for reading CPTP115: Are you an Imposter Piano Teacher? from Creative Music Education. Do you ever feel imposter syndrome? This is the feeling of being a “fake”. Feeling like others around you in your profession have more skills, more knowledge or even secrets that you don’t know about. Many new piano teachers, or even ones with years of ...…
 
This was a spur of the moment podcast! I actually started recording something else then got to talking about my vision and the structure of Jazz Piano School and I just went with it! But this should definitely bring a lot of information and clarity around the 3 major types of products we have and where we are moving to with jazz piano education ...…
 
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APM: Performance Today - Piano Puzzler
 
This week's contestant is Wiley Newbold from Morgantown, West Virginia
 
Thanks for reading CPTP114: Piano Pivot: How to Gain Clarity, Avoid Overwhelm and Achieve Success in 2018 from Creative Music Education. Do you want to find success in 2018? No matter what that word “success” means to you – you’re going to need to clear the decks first. If you find yourself getting overwhelmed by all the amazing stuff out there ...…
 
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APM: Performance Today - Piano Puzzler
 
This week's contestant is Genevieve Wild from Quakertown, PA
 
We've finalized a date for the Lab Launch and it is December 4th @ 10am PST! If you're interested in joining the priority waiting list go to http://jazzpianoschool.com/lablaunch. You can also visit this url on December 4th @ 10am to sign up for the lab at our celebration discount offering. This is part 2 of an Upgrade Formula taken directly fro ...…
 
Thanks for reading CPTP113: Planning for New Piano Teachers: from Policies to Performances from Creative Music Education. Proper planning for new piano teachers (and more experienced ones) can save time, headaches and money. When you think things out in advance you can avoid falling into the traps that many new piano teachers do. Nicola Cantan ...…
 
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APM: Performance Today - Piano Puzzler
 
This week's contestant is Kelly Ferjutz from Cleveland, OH
 
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New Age Piano podcast from Magnatune.com
 
In this podcast: 1. Jasmine Brunch, 2. Kourosh Dini, 3. Kourosh Dini, 4. Jasmine Brunch, 5. Cobb Bussinger, 6. Jasmine Brunch, 7. Jasmine Brunch, 8. Jasmine Brunch, 9. Kourosh Dini, 10. Kourosh Dini, 11. Kourosh Dini, 12. Jasmine Brunch, 13. Jasmine Brunch, 14. Cobb Bussinger, 15. Kourosh Dini, 16. Jarkko Hietanen…
 
I struggled for yearsss. 15+ to be exact learning how to achieve some sort of jazz freedom on the piano. I was sick of just playing what other peopled showed me. It was like a coloring book. No matter how much freedom you had to choose colors you were still coloring other peoples pictures. I wanted to DRAW my OWN pictures! This podcast is taken ...…
 
Thanks for reading CPTP112: Having a Mission and Planning Lessons Effectively with Leila Viss from Creative Music Education. Planning lessons effectively is definitely an art, not a science. There are many things to balance and the actual lesson might look quite different in the end – but with experience it does get easier. Leila Viss is not on ...…
 
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APM: Performance Today - Piano Puzzler
 
This week's contestant is Jessie J. Marshall from Tallahassee, FL
 
Isn’t it strange that when it comes to the slower tunes we start to struggle more? There’s just soon much space! What do we do when the tempo is deathly slow and we start feeling anxiety to fill in everything. In this episode I’ll give you some tips to start feeling confident over slow swing tunes.
 
Thanks for reading CPTP111: The Life of a New Piano Teacher with Joe Harkins from Creative Music Education. Joe Harkins is a new piano teacher who came to piano teaching (like many of us do) from a mixed background of playing and performing. He got inspired to return to further pedagogy studies when he saw the gaps in his own knowledge, and joi ...…
 
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This week's contestant is Caroline Cassil from Sutherlin, OR
 
In this episode we explore how to build a relationship with extensions. Once your ear starts to learn the mood and atmosphere they produce, you can easily start to implement them into your improv to get different types of sounds you want to express.
 
Thanks for reading CPTP110: Why Every Student Should Know Happy Birthday with Lucinda Mackworth-Young from Creative Music Education. Lucinda was trained in a traditional classical system, but when she realised that she couldn’t even play Happy Birthday at a party (without sheet music) she felt a little cheated. Why couldn’t she do something so ...…
 
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