Category Archives: Teaching

Professional pianist teaching piano skills and ear training at the piano

Piano Skills and Ear Training #4

This is video #4 in my Piano Skills and Ear Training series!  This week we will maneuver through the I-IV-V7-I chord progression in all 12 keys using smooth voice leading.  Once we’ve mastered that, we’ll start to SING the bass notes (in Moveable Do Solfege, naturally).  This is amazing ear training and a great way to build up some piano chops.

Want to learn Solfege and build your ears and musicianship skills?  Crash Course in Solfege: The Bundle is an all-in-one online course that teaches musicianship skills that you can actually USE. Learn Moveable Do Solfege in Major, Minor (Natural, Harmonic and Melodic) and the Chromatic Scale, PLUS get bonus material like voice lessons, warmups and dive into how Solfege can be used in creative ways to improve your musicianship quickly.  CHECK IT OUT!

Piano Skills and Ear Training #3

This is video #3 in my Piano Skills and Ear Training series.  This week we will work through the I-IV-I-V7-I chord progression in all 12 keys using smooth voice leading.  Not only will we play it, but we will also SING the bass notes in Moveable Do Solfege.  This is a great exercise to get yourself in shape on the keyboard but also a great challenge to sing through the progression!

Want to learn Solfege and build your ears and musicianship skills?  Crash Course in Solfege: The Bundle is an all-in-one online course that teaches musicianship skills that you can actually USE. Learn Moveable Do Solfege in Major, Minor (Natural, Harmonic and Melodic) and the Chromatic Scale, PLUS get bonus material like voice lessons, warmups and dive into how Solfege can be used in creative ways to improve your musicianship quickly.  CHECK IT OUT!

Piano Skills and Ear Training #2

This is video #2 in my Piano Skills and Ear Training series.  This week I will show you how to play the I-V7-I chord progression (Perfect cadence) in all 12 keys using smooth voice leading.  THEN – we will play and SING the bass notes in Moveable Do Solfege.  The perfect cadence is in pretty much EVERY song from classical to rock, so this lesson will be great for you to train your ears to hear it and your hands to play it!

Want to learn Solfege and build your ears and musicianship skills?  Crash Course in Solfege: The Bundle is an all-in-one online course that teaches musicianship skills that you can actually USE. Learn Moveable Do Solfege in Major, Minor (Natural, Harmonic and Melodic) and the Chromatic Scale, PLUS get bonus material like voice lessons, warmups and dive into how Solfege can be used in creative ways to improve your musicianship quickly.  CHECK IT OUT!

Piano Skills and Ear Training #1

Today’s tutorial combines piano skills with ear training – a powerful combination.  I show you how to play the I-IV-I chord progression (Plagal cadence) in all 12 keys using smooth voice leading.  THEN – we will play and SING the bass notes in Moveable Do Solfege .  The I-IV-I progression in tons of songs  – singing and playing this progression on the piano will help train your ears to hear it!

Want to learn Solfege and build your ears and musicianship skills?  Crash Course in Solfege: The Bundle is an all-in-one online course that teaches musicianship skills that you can actually USE. Learn Moveable Do Solfege in Major, Minor (Natural, Harmonic and Melodic) and the Chromatic Scale, PLUS get bonus material like voice lessons, warmups and dive into how Solfege can be used in creative ways to improve your musicianship quickly.  CHECK IT OUT!

What Piano Skills do Singers Need?

It’s no secret that I have a passion for teaching singers to play piano.  It has been an amazing adventure to teach my voice students of all ages and levels to play piano, and to empower my friends and colleagues to advance their keyboard skills to enhance their songwriting, performance and teaching.  I have even spent countless hours building online courses on the subject!  I think the #1 reason for the success of my methods is that I investigated the question “What Skills Do Singers Need?”  In this video, I am going to take you through the 4 skills EVERY singer needs to have and then I go genre by genre to share the skills that everyone needs – from pop singers to classical singers, from choral conductors to early childhood educators and music therapists.

Intrigued?  Check out the courses page HERE.  Find out why hundreds of people worldwide are RAVING about these courses!

5 Steps to Sight Singing Success

Is sight singing a thorn in your side?  In this video, I am going to show you my 5 steps to sight singing success.  How to approach mastering this in an easy-to-use protocol.  Super useful!


Want to learn Solfege and build your ears and musicianship skills?  Crash Course in Solfege: The Bundle is an all-in-one online course that teaches musicianship skills that you can actually USE. Learn Moveable Do Solfege in Major, Minor (Natural, Harmonic and Melodic) and the Chromatic Scale, PLUS get bonus material like voice lessons, warmups and dive into how Solfege can be used in creative ways to improve your musicianship quickly.  CHECK IT OUT!

Who Needs Solfege?

Solfege is a powerful tool that helps to develop your musical ear.  In this video, I show you WHO can use Solfege to better themselves as musicians.  PS –   Solfege is NOT just for classical musicians – it is incredibly useful for everyone!


Want to learn Solfege and build your ears and musicianship skills?  Crash Course in Solfege: The Bundle is an all-in-one online course that teaches musicianship skills that you can actually USE. Learn Moveable Do Solfege in Major, Minor (Natural, Harmonic and Melodic) and the Chromatic Scale, PLUS get bonus material like voice lessons, warmups and dive into how Solfege can be used in creative ways to improve your musicianship quickly.  CHECK IT OUT!

You Can Learn to Play By Ear…using SOLFEGE

As a follow up to my recent video “You can learn to play by ear”, I created this video to show you how to play by ear using SOLFEGE.  I tell my own story of learning 600+ songs during an 11-week cruise ship gig.  My ears grew so much and I want to share with you how I did it!


Want to learn Solfege and build your ears and musicianship skills?  Crash Course in Solfege: The Bundle is an all-in-one online course that teaches musicianship skills that you can actually USE. Learn Moveable Do Solfege in Major, Minor (Natural, Harmonic and Melodic) and the Chromatic Scale, PLUS get bonus material like voice lessons, warmups and dive into how Solfege can be used in creative ways to improve your musicianship quickly.  CHECK IT OUT!

Introduction to Solfege

Solfege is a powerful tool that helps to develop your musical ear.  In this video, I show you how it works, what it’s for and how to practice it to grow your musicianship.  Solfege is NOT just for classical musicians – it is incredibly useful for everyone!


Want to learn Solfege and build your ears and musicianship skills?  Crash Course in Solfege: The Bundle is an all-in-one online course that teaches musicianship skills that you can actually USE. Learn Moveable Do Solfege in Major, Minor (Natural, Harmonic and Melodic) and the Chromatic Scale, PLUS get bonus material like voice lessons, warmups and dive into how Solfege can be used in creative ways to improve your musicianship quickly.  CHECK IT OUT!