Tag Archives: piano for singers

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!

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.

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…

So You Don’t Have to Marry A Piano Player!

My first instrument is piano. Lessons starting at age 4, Royal Conservatory training until grade 9, when I quit to take up jazz piano full time. I spent the entire four years of university transcribing Bud Powell solos and practicing in the “woodshed” for 8 hours a day. Besides a little singing in the church choir when I was a kid, I didn’t really start singing seriously until I was in my early 20s. Continue reading