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The Piano Zen Method blends powerful, accessible learning techniques with an Eastern-inspired journey of self-discovery. The student is able to expand awareness through a contemplative state while learning.

Do you think it’s possible to have a Piano Zen experience while practicing? Believe me, it can happen!

I realized 12 years ago that a slower, more mindful approach to practicing the piano was not only a more effective, quicker way to learn but also a more natural and musical way as well.

Most people that try to learn the piano bring a lot of tension and anxiety to the process. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, practicing the piano can be a wonderful, relaxing, and deeply expressive experience. And, you’ll find that is easier than you ever imagined!

The Stillpoint approach combines relaxing and mindful contemplative techniques to make learning the piano a calm, pleasant, stress-free experience.

Stillpoint techniques help you to slow down the way you learn so that you can find a balance between mind and body.

If you have an interest or experience in Eastern disciplines like tai chi, yoga, qi gong, or Zen meditation, you will find the Stillpoint techniques very familiar and engaging.

However, you don’t have to be a tai chi or yoga enthusiast to get benefits from the course. You may just be interested in a musical activity that provides a little relief from the tension and stress of your busy day!

When you take a Stillpoint lesson, it is like having a Stillpoint instructor right there with you guiding every step of your piano lesson. All of the guess work about how to practice the piano is gone.

This program will encourage you to embrace mindfulness at the piano to unlock your true, unlimited musical potential.

Sign up today and let’s get started together!

Who is the target audience?
  • beginning piano students
  • adults looking for ways to relax and unwind with a new hobby
  • adults looking for relief from stress and anxiety
  • students with an interest in music and Eastern disciplines such as yoga and tai chi

Course Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction
How to Take a Piano Zen Lesson FREE 00:05:00
Piano Zen workbook, audio, and video lessons
Before You Begin to Practice – The Basics 00:05:00
The Piano Zen Method provides a way to make your piano practicing more enjoyable and fulfilling.
Complete Piano Zen Workbook – download and view on your tablet or print and spiral bind your physical copy 00:05:00
Your Music Workbook for the Entire Piano Zen Course
Music 101 Class - Getting Started with the Basics
Music 101 – Video Overview – Exploring the Piano Keyboard 00:05:00
This video gives you short overview of the keyboard explorations found in corresponding Piano Zen Music 101 audio lesson.
Music 101 – Audio Lesson – Exploring the Piano Keyboard 00:35:00
In this audio lesson you will explore the piano keyboard using the unique and powerful Piano Zen techniques.
How Piano Zen Lessons Are Different From Traditional Piano Lessons FREE 00:45:00
The Piano Zen Method is quite different from the traditional Western approach.
Piano Zen – A music method that draws inspiration from tai chi 00:45:00
Music 101 – Audio Lesson – Learning the White Keys and Building Piano Zen Technique 00:50:00
Continue your exploration of the piano keyboard by learning the names of the white keys while developing a more sophisticated piano technique.
Music 101 – Audio Lesson – Building Music Skills / Finger Positions on the White Keys 00:20:00
Learning about hands positions on the keyboard will develop your piano technique so that you can play more complex songs in the Piano Zen program.
Music 101 – Audio Lesson – Feeling Inner Energy at the Piano 00:45:00
Discovering and exploring "inner" energy while playing the piano
Music 101 – Video Overview – Rhythm Basics 00:20:00
This video gives you an overview of basic rhythm concepts found in music. The audio lesson will go into greater detail.
Music 101 – Audio Lesson – Introduction to Basic Rhythms 00:20:00
This lesson will give you a nice foundation of basic rhythms.
Music 101 – Audio Lesson – Learning To Read Music 00:25:00
Simplifying music notation can help you begin to read piano music.
Inner Sojourn - a mature, contemporary piano solo
Inner Sojourn – Performance Demo FREE 00:05:00
This video shows a performance demonstration of Inner Sojourn.
Inner Sojourn – Lesson 1 – Audio – Playing the Intro of Inner Sojourn on a Flat Surface 00:45:00
We use a flat surface in this lesson to focus attention on the finger tips
Inner Sojourn – Lesson 2 – Video – Playing the Intro of Inner Sojourn on the Keyboard 00:01:00
This video gives you an overview of the introduction of Inner Sojourn played on the piano.
Inner Sojourn – Lesson 2 – Audio – Playing the Intro (Meditation Bell) of Inner Sojourn on the Piano 00:40:00
This audio lesson covers the introduction of Inner Sojourn on the piano also known as the Meditation Bell.
Inner Sojourn – Lesson 3 – Video – First Question Phrase 00:02:00
This phrase comes right after the introduction (Meditation Bell) of Inner Sojourn.
Inner Sojourn – Lesson 3 – Audio – The First Question Phrase 00:58:00
This audio lesson covers the First Question Phrase of Inner Sojourn
Inner Sojourn – Lesson 4 – Video – The 1st Answer Phrase and 1st Resolution Phrase 00:03:00
It’s o.k. to hit the pause button during your Inner Sojourn practice! 00:30:00
Pausing an audio lesson allows time for you to process information and be creative.
Inner Sojourn – Audio – Lesson 4 ( Part I )- 1st Answer and 1st Resolution Phrases 00:48:00
This audio lessons covers the 1st Answer and 1st Question Phrase of Inner Sojourn.
Inner Sojourn – Lesson 4 ( Part II ) – Audio – “A” Section Review 00:46:00
Play through the entire section smoothly and gracefully.
Inner Sojourn – Lesson 5 – Video – Review of Section B ( 2nd Question, 2nd Answer, and 2nd Resolution Phrases) 00:02:00
This video shows an overview of the entire "B Section" of Inner Sojourn.
Inner Sojourn – Lesson 5 ( Part I ) – Audio – The Individual “B” Section Phrases 01:04:00
This audio lesson introduces all of the phrases of the "B" section.
Inner Sojourn – Lesson 5 ( Part II ) – Audio – The “B” Section Review 00:39:00
In this audio lesson we review all of the "B" section material. We will also focus on adding musical expression to your playing!
Inner Sojourn – Lesson 6 – Video – Inner Sojourn In Its Complete Form 00:02:00
Putting it all together! This lesson material covers and reviews all of the material of Inner Sojourn.
Conclusion: Inner Sojourn – Lesson 6 – Audio – Complete Song! 01:23:00
This is the final lesson for Inner Sojourn. Here we review the song in it's entirety.
Chimes of Ling Lun - an improvisation for beginners
Chimes Of Ling Lun – Performance Demo 00:02:00
This video shows an demonstration of an improvisation based on the Chimes of Ling Lun lessons.
Chimes Of Ling Lun – Lesson 1 – Video – Intro To The Black Key Pentatonic Scale 00:05:00
This video shows an overview of the introductory exercises in the Chimes of Ling Lun. They are very basic to familiarize the student with moving up and down the black key scale using just the 3rd fingers.
Chimes Of Ling Lun – Lesson 1 (Part I) – Audio – Playing Up and Down the Black Key Scale 00:37:00
This audio begins with basic techniques of using the 3rd fingers to play up and down the black key scale.
Chimes Of Ling Lun – Lesson 1 (Part II) – Audio – Playing Up and Down the Black Key Scale 00:30:00
In Part II of Lesson 1, you will move up and down the black key scale in a linear way.
Chimes of Ling Lun – Lesson 2 – Video – Rhythm Combinations 00:05:00
This video overview covers a few basic rhythm combinations that you will learn in the audio lesson.
Chimes Of Ling Lun – Lesson 2 – Audio – Rhythm Combinations 00:50:00
In this audio lesson we be playing basic rhythm combinations up and down the black key scale.
How practicing the piano is like a walk in a Japanese Garden 00:10:00
When you practice the piano mindfully, you expand the quality and depth of the musical experience.
Chimes of Ling Lun – Lesson 3 – Video – Rhythm Sequences And Random Changes 00:05:00
This video gives an overview of rhythm sequences and random changes concept found in the audio lesson 3.
Chimes of Ling Lun – Lesson 3 – Audio – Rhythm Sequences & Random Changes 00:45:00
In this audio lesson you will expand the range of notes we use on the keyboard for the Chimes of Ling Lun and include rhythm combinations and random changes.
Chimes of Ling Lun – Lesson 4 – Video -Musical Motifs & Intuitive Improvisation 00:05:00
The video overview coves the musical motif idea covered in the audio lesson 4. Musical motifs are building blocks for expanding the complexity of your improvisations.
Chimes of Ling Lun – Lesson 4 – Audio – Musical Motifs & Intuitive Improv 00:50:00
In this audio lesson the concept of musical motifs are introduced. It also explores the random concept more thoroughly.
Conclusion: Chimes of Ling Lun – Lesson 5 – Video – Putting it All Together and Advanced Rhythms 00:30:00
This video overview covers the audio lesson 5 material. You will introduced more advanced rhythmic concepts. These rhythms are for students that are ready to add more challenging options to their improvisations.
Conclusion: Chimes of Ling Lun – Lesson 5 – Audio – Advanced Concepts 00:40:00
The conclusion of the Chimes of Ling Lun series
Flowering Lotus - a more challenging improvisation for beginners
Flowering Lotus Improvisation – Performance Demo 00:20:00
In the Flowering Lotus, you learn to make up improvisations!
Flowering Lotus Improvisation – Lesson 1 – Video – Tapping Rhythms in Both Hands 00:02:00
This video gives you an overview of the tapping exercises for the two hands.
Notes for Lesson 1 of the Flowering Lotus 00:05:00
The tapping exercises from Lesson 1 help you develop solid hand coordination rhythmic skills before moving over to the keyboard.
Flowering Lotus – Lesson 2 – Video – Left Hand Accompiment and Right Hand Scales 00:03:00
This video shows the individual parts on the piano for the hands separately and then together.
Notes for Lesson 2 of the Flowering Lotus Improvisation 00:05:00
In the Flowering Lotus the two hands have very different roles to play in the improvisation.
Flowering Lotus – Lesson 2 – Audio – Left Hand and Right Hand Parts 00:55:00
In this audio lesson, we will explore the basic hand positions of Flowering Lotus on the keyboard.
Flowering Lotus – Lesson 3 – Video – Hands Together and Combining 4 & 5 Note Scales of the R.H. 00:05:00
This lesson will focus on hand coordination. The L.H. and R.H. parts are combined.
Flowering Lotus – Lesson 3 (Part I) – Audio – Exploring Exercises With Hands Together 01:10:00
This audio lesson is all about hand coordination. We will be putting the L.H. and R.H. parts together.
Flowering Lotus – Lesson 3 (Part II) – Audio – The Expanded Scale in the R.H. 01:10:00
This audio lesson combines the 4 and 5 note scales of the R.H. together.
It’s o.k. to hit the pause button during your Flowering Lotus practice! 00:30:00
Pausing an audio lesson allows time for you to process information and be creative.
Flowering Lotus – Lesson 4 – Video – Using Random Changes in the R.H. 00:05:00
This video will illustrate how to begin to use basic random changes in the R.H.
Flowering Lotus – Lesson 4 (Part I) – Audio – Random Changes to Melodic Line 00:55:00
You will learn how to incorporate random changes into the R.H. while you L.H. plays it's repeating pattern.
Flowering Lotus – Lesson 4 (Part II) – Audio – Advanced Concepts 01:15:00
Learning to use the tee-tee rhythm (8th notes) in the right hand over the L.H. TAH pulse. We will also look at the combing the expanded scale in the R.H. with L.H. part.
Flowering Lotus – Lesson 5 – Video – Changing the Rhythm Series In Right Hand 00:05:00
This video demonstrates how you can string together a variety rhythms in the R.H. with random changes of directions.
Flowering Lotus – Lesson 5 (Part I) – Audio – Random Changes to Rhythm and Melody 01:05:00
Stringing together different rhythmic series
Flowering Lotus – Lesson 5 (Part II) – Audio – Advanced Concepts 01:10:00
Allow time for the brain and the sub-conscious mind to coordinate and process the information
Conclusion: Flowering Lotus – Lesson 6 – Video – Putting It All Together with Advanced Concepts 00:05:00
Congratulations! You have reached the last lesson of the Flowering Lotus Improvisation.
Flowering Lotus – Lesson 6 – Audio – Putting It All Together 01:25:00
This audio lesson will explore more advanced concepts to increase your improvisational vocabulary.
Reflecting Pond - Learning to Read Music for a Contemporary Piano Piece
The Reflecting Pond – Video – Performance Demo FREE 00:05:00
The Reflecting Pond is a short, mature sounding contemporary piano piece. During these classes, the beginning piano student learns to read music notation to play this song.
Reflecting Pond – Lesson 1 – Audio – Measures 1 and 2 00:43:00
This audio lesson covers measures 1 and 2 of the Reflecting Pond song.
It’s o.k. to hit the pause button during your Reflecting Pond audio lessons. 00:30:00
Pausing an audio lesson allows time for you to process information and be creative.
Reflecting Pond – Lesson 2 – Audio – Measures 3 and 4 00:43:00
This audio lesson covers measures 3 and 4 of the Reflecting Pond song.
Reflecting Pond – Lesson 3 – Audio – Measures 3 and 4, Hands Together 00:48:00
This audio lesson brings hands together for measures 3 and 4 of the Reflecting Pond song.
Conclusion: Reflecting Pond – Lesson 4 – Audio – Putting It All Together 00:46:00
In audio Lesson 4 we will look at the Reflecting Pond in it's complete form.
Excursions - improvisational pieces with more flexible creativity
The Excursions Series – Songs Where You Improvise, Compose, and Create! 00:05:00
There is one audio and one video lesson for each song in the series
Excursions with The Chimes of Ling Lun – Lesson 1 – Video Demo 00:05:00
The material for this lesson is based on the previous version of "Chimes of Ling Lun" that was earlier in the course but here the student is given more creative freedom.
Excursions with Chimes Of Ling Lun – Lesson 1 – Audio – Beginner Skill Level 00:30:00
The material for this lesson is based on the previous version of "Chimes of Ling Lun" that was earlier in the course but here the student is given more creative freedom.
Excursions with Gregorian Chant – Lesson 2 – Video Demo 00:05:00
Explore and express yourself at the piano
Excursions with Gregorian Chant – Lesson 2 – Audio – Beginner Skill Level 00:35:00
This Excursion is based on a modal scale used in Gregorian Chant.
It’s o.k. to hit the pause button occasionally 00:30:00
Pausing an audio lesson allows time for you to process information and be creative.
Excursions with The Meditation Bell – Lesson 3 – Video Demo 00:06:00
This Excursion is based on the Meditation Bell that comes from the song "Inner Sojourn" which is also found in the Piano Zen program.
Excursions with The Meditation Bell – Lesson 3 – Audio – Intermediate Level 00:35:00
The Meditation Bell is a short musical idea that you can use to build a more complicated and creative improvisation. It comes from the introduction of the song "Inner Sojourn".
Excursions with Gongs of The Zen Garden – Lesson 4 – Intermediate Skill Level 00:05:00
Gongs of the Zen Garden uses only black notes. It requires a little more hand coordination skill.
Excursions with Gongs of The Zen Garden – Lesson 4 – Audio Intermediate Skill 00:42:00
In Gongs of the Zen Garden the left hand plays a repeating accompaniment pattern while the right hand improvises on black notes
Excursions in Monet’s Garden – Lesson 5 – Video Demo 00:09:00
This advanced level Excursion has a touch of French Impressionist flavor to it.
Excursions in Monet’s Garden – Lesson 5 – Audio – Advanced Skill Level 00:45:00
The key is to have fun and simply listen to your own intuitive, creative voice.
The Music Workshop - Learning to Read Music Notation
The Music Workshop – Learning How to Read Music 00:01:00
This series of lessons will develop your music reading fundamentals.
Music Workshop – Lesson 1 – Audio – Landmark Notes 00:42:00
This audio lesson focuses on landmark notes which are the building blocks for reading music notation.
Remember to pause your audio lessons occasionally 00:30:00
Pausing an audio lesson allows time for you to process information and be creative.
Music Workshop – Lesson 2 – Audio – Combining Landmark Notes with Rhythms. 00:30:00
This audio lesson combines landmark notes with basic rhythms.
Music Workshop – Lesson 3 – Audio – Hand Positions based on Landmark Notes. 00:47:00
You will learn how to identify hand positions using landmark notes and then read music using stepping motion.
Music Workshop – Lesson 4 – Audio – Skipping Motion 00:32:00
Reading skipping motion in music notation.
Music Workshop – Lesson 5 – Audio – Intervals 00:37:00
You will learn to identify intervals. This skill helps you learn how to group notes together to read them faster and more effectively.
Music Workshop – Lesson 6 – Audio – Bringing all the Reading Fundamentals Together 00:55:00
This audio lesson brings all of the Music Workshop fundamentals together.

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