Best Piano podcasts — Lessons, compositions, improv (Updated January 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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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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APM: Performance Today - Piano Puzzler
 
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.
 
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Piano Jazz Shorts
 
Bobby Broom didn't begin playing guitar until age 12, but he developed his jazz chops quickly, gaining the attention of the legendary Sonny Rollins. Throughout the years, he's played with Rollins and other notable groups such as Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, and he has toured with his own Bobby Broom Trio. He is also a jazz educator in Chicago. ...…
 
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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Piano Jazz Shorts
 
Pianist Don Pullen (1941 – 1995) was known for his melodic brilliance, swirling chords, and glissandos, and his kinetic, cascading piano attack could ignite any band. He gained his first experiences playing African American church music and R&B, and his career took off when he joined Charles Mingus' band in the 1970s. He went on to form his own ...…
 
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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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Piano Jazz Shorts
 
Beegie Adair, the Nashville native with a distinctive flair for the piano, has worked with jazz, pop, and country. She's played for movie and TV soundtracks, been in concerts, festivals, and clubs, and put in many orchestra appearances. On this 1991 Piano Jazz, Adair joins McPartland for a unique blend, including an original tune she whipped up ...…
 
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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
 
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Piano Jazz Shorts
 
Integrating post-bop elements and Brazilian rhythmic concepts into his palette with ease, Claudio Roditi plays with power and lyricism. This versatility has kept the trumpeter and flugelhornist in demand as a leader, studio musician, and sideman. Having made his way from Brazil to the New York jazz scene in the 1970s, he was McPartland's guest ...…
 
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…
 
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Piano Jazz Shorts
 
Ellyn Rucker's light sensual vocals and smooth swinging piano produce a wonderfully intriguing mixture. Hailing from Colorado, Rucker broke into the jazz big leagues in the 1980s after she took up her musical career fulltime. She remains a staple on the Denver music scene. On this 1993 Piano Jazz, her versatility is evident when she performs Co ...…
 
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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APM: Performance Today - Piano Puzzler
 
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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APM: Performance Today - Piano Puzzler
 
This week's contestant is David Hempling from San Francisco, CA
 
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
 
This week's contestant is Jim Hanson, St. Paul, MN
 
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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APM: Performance Today - Piano Puzzler
 
This week's contestant is Jason Carr from Philadelphia, PA
 
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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APM: Performance Today - Piano Puzzler
 
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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