Best Piano podcasts — Lessons, compositions, improv (Updated September 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
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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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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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Creative Piano Teaching Podcast
 
Supporting Creative Music Teaching
 
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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.
 
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Piano Jazz Shorts
 
Award-winning pianist and vocalist Lenore Raphael has emerged as one of the most promising musicians in modern mainstream jazz. Influenced by such jazz greats as Oscar Peterson, Art Tatum, and Thelonious Monk, Raphael has developed her own swinging style. On this 2002 edition of Piano Jazz, she brings her creative ideas to the tune "I'm Old Fas ...…
 
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
 
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Piano Jazz Shorts
 
Jack DeJohnette got his start on the piano as a child, but he took up the drums at eighteen and went on to become one of the most inventive and important drummers in modern jazz history. He's provided rhythm for greats such as John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and Keith Jarrett. In this 1993 Piano Jazz session, DeJohnette shares the story behind the ...…
 
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
 
In 2005, Sicilian pianist Daniela Schaechter won the prestigious Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz competition. Ever devoted to the next generation of female jazz musicians, McPartland wasted no time in having Schaechter on this 2006 show. Schaechter's opening tune, an original called "Thinking of You," hints at her classical training while confi ...…
 
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.
 
Thanks for reading CPTP097 – Meet the Musician Behind my Favourite App: iReal Pro from Creative Music Education. Massimo Biolcati is the creator of my favourite app of all time, iReal Pro. This app is the best tool I’ve found for creating a band experience to practice pop and jazz music on the piano. Something that I believe very strongly shoul ...…
 
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APM: Performance Today - Piano Puzzler
 
This week's contestant is Scott Hollopeter from Grand Planc, MI
 
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Piano Jazz Shorts
 
As the swinging pianist in the Quincy Jones Orchestra, Patti Bown (1931 – 2008) kept the music moving. In honor of her July 26 birthday, Piano Jazz remembers Bown with this encore from 1980. Bown joins host McPartland to talk about the role of women in jazz. She presents her rendition of Coltrane's "Giant Steps" and shares her Swahili love song ...…
 
We continue our Benny Green Transcription Series with a minor 2-5-1 into some very nice rhythmic motifs and harmonic development lines. This is the 2nd part of his solo on "Celia".
 
Thanks for reading CPTP096: Tech Games for Rhythm and Composition with Katie Wardrobe from Creative Music Education. Katie Wardrobe is the ultimate guide to have when it comes to music teaching technology. She helps teachers all over the world to incorporate technology into their teaching with workshops, online training and tons of awesome reso ...…
 
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APM: Performance Today - Piano Puzzler
 
This week's contestant is Cynthia Sibitzky from Haslett, Texas.
 
Thanks for reading CPTP095: How to Build a Piano Studio Website from Scratch with Nicola Cantan from Creative Music Education. Building a studio website might seem overwhelming at first. There is so much jargon to wade through and so many questions to answer…What’s a host? What platform should you use? What pages do you need? Never fear. To kic ...…
 
I absolutely love Benny Green's playing. His lines are very clear, solid, and connect with the harmonies perfectly. In this podcast series I'm going to walk you through a Benny Green solo and point out the building blocks for you to practice in order to build freedom within your improv.
 
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APM: Performance Today - Piano Puzzler
 
This week's contestant is Caroline Cassil from Sutherlin, OR
 
Thanks for reading CPTP094: The $100,000 Piano Teacher with Kristin Yost from Creative Music Education. Kristin Yost has always had a keen mind for the business side of piano teaching. As you might know from her book, she became a $100,000 piano teacher – but she didn’t stop there! She went on to open her own music school, The Centre for Musica ...…
 
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APM: Performance Today - Piano Puzzler
 
This week's contestant is Deb Anderson from Robbinsdale, MN
 
Thanks for reading CPTP093: How to Nurture and Retain Piano Students on Autopilot with Chantelle Duffield from Creative Music Education. If you can retain piano students in your studio over the long term, your business will be more efficient. You won’t need to keep scrambling for new students if your existing ones stick around. The key to great ...…
 
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APM: Performance Today - Piano Puzzler
 
This week's contestant is Kristen Zoetewey from Grand Rapids, Michigan
 
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