Best Piano podcasts — Lessons, compositions, improv (Updated November 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
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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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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
 
Milt Hinton (1920 – 2000) was one of the world's legendary bass players. In a career that spanned eight decades, he played with just about everyone, from Cab Calloway to Ellington to Coltrane. He's often credited with bridging the gap from swing to modern jazz. In this 1991 session, Hinton "raps" his expansive resume, talks about his priceless ...…
 
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
 
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Piano Jazz Shorts
 
One of the premier classical pianists of her generation, Ruth Laredo (1937 – 2005) was known as America's First Lady of the Piano. In partnership with McPartland and Dick Hyman, Laredo produced wildly popular Three Piano Crossover Concerts, exploring the boundaries between classical music and jazz. In this 2004 Piano Jazz session, Laredo and Mc ...…
 
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
 
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Piano Jazz Shorts
 
Piano Jazz remembers vocalist and pianist Teri Thornton (1934 – 2000), who lost her battle with cancer in the year after this 1999 session. Thornton first wowed audiences in 1963 with her hit recording of "Somewhere in the Night" from the television series Naked City. Her comeback to the jazz world was highlighted in 1998 when she won the Thelo ...…
 
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
 
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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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APM: Performance Today - Piano Puzzler
 
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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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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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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APM: Performance Today - Piano Puzzler
 
This weeks's contestant is Brandon Baxter of Hastings, NE
 
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
 
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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