Category Archives: Piano for Singers

Random Songs I Like #14 – Ooh Baby Baby

Random Songs I Like Week #14!  (For this series I will be posting a new song every week from every imaginable style and genre.  The only criteria is that I need to like it!)This is a sexy classic by the exquisite Smokey Robinson.  He first recorded this in 1965 with his group The Miracles and it has been a huge hit ever since.

You can LEARN to play by ear!

Have you ever met one of those people who can sit down and play a song by ear? The can just do it without even looking at the music – and they were just BORN THAT WAY. (Infuriating, right?). What if I told you that you can LEARN to PLAY BY EAR? Not only CAN you, but I am going to show you exactly what steps you need to take to be able to do it. It doesn’t take any special tools or skills – it’s just a matter of sitting down and following my easy steps.

This is how I learned to play by ear, how I taught my 9 year old son to play by ear and how I have taught hundreds of other people to do it too. It’s super fun and will make your whole life more musical!

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New Classical Singer Magazine Blog Post!!

I’m super excited that Classical Singer Magazine asked me to write another guest blog post!  Here, you can get into the specific building blogs I use to teach singers how to play piano.  (Yes, I cover all of this in my wildly popular online courses Piano Skills for Singers!)

In my last article, I discussed my extensive experience teaching singers to play piano and how traditional methods have not proved effective at preparing them for professional work. I have created my own method teaching functional piano to singers, which firsts asks the question “What Piano Skills Do Singers Need?”   continue reading…

Which Online Course is Right for Me?

Have you been wanting to improve your piano skills?  Have you been curious about the online offerings at Piano and Voice with Brenda?  This short video talks you through all of the course options and shares which course might be the best fit for you!  Whether you are looking to learn jazz, improvisation or you are a singer who wants to build your keyboard skills, there is a perfect course for YOU!  Check out this video to find out!

Improvise Your Way to 2 Handed Independence

Do your left and right hand have a hard time playing together?  Maybe you try to play a bass line in the left hand while your right hand plays chords and they just. won’t. work. together.  In this video, I show you an easy and fun way to explore coordination between the hands.  The exercise is fully customizable for your interested and needs.  PLUS it contains super bonus material on how to strengthen your left hand and I share my favorite classical books to help develop your two hand independence.

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Random Songs I Like #7 – Your Smiling Face

For this series, I will be posting a new song every week from every imaginable style and genre.  The only criteria is that I need to like it!

Happy Valentine’s Day!!  This song is extra special to me, since it was the first dance at our wedding.  This song spoke to us because it embodies how happy we are just being together.  XOXOXO

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Article published in Classical Singer Magazine’s blog!

I was super excited to be published in Classical Singer Magazine‘s blog this week!  They reached out to me to see if I would share how my work for Piano Skills for Singers would translate to the classical world.  YES – faking is for EVERYONE!!

In my experience as a professional pianist, vocalist and educator, I have found that one of the weakest links in the vocalist community is a lack of functional keyboard skills.  This deficiency creates a huge handicap for singers and educators, keeping them from positions as section leaders, music directors and teachers.  In the post-pandemic world, singers are going to need as many tools as possible in their toolkit to carve out a livelihood. Continue reading here

3 Steps to Perfect Piano Posture…with a MIC!

A follow up to my last video “Three Steps to Perfect Piano Posture”, this one shows you how to have perfect posture while you are singing into a microphone.  Your back thanks you in advance!

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Full Voice Podcast

I was delighted to be a guest on Nikki Loney’s amazing Full Voice Podcast.  Nikki is a fellow Canadian and is a wonderful singer and voice teacher.  She also owns the totally AMAZING company The Full Voice, which is an amazing series of workbooks, songs an resources for voice teachers who work with children.  I am such a fan of here, so I was extra excited when she asked me to be on her very popular podcast!

We talked about my online courses, especially Piano Skills for Singers and the brand-new Crash Course in Solfege Courses!

LISTEN HERE!