Sharpen Your Piano Artistry

Take Your Performance Skills to the Next Level

Juilliard's online piano course will help you improve your technique and overall piano playing in six weeks.

You will learn to play two classical pieces with more artistry, from our curated list of advanced beginner and intermediate level pieces by composers including Beethoven, Mozart, and Clementi.

Juilliard faculty member and chair of Keyboard Studies, Dr. Michael Shinn, leads the course on a flexible schedule that combines weekly videos, guided individual practice, and personalized feedback from Juilliard experts on videos of your playing.

What You'll Learn

During this six-week online course you will learn:

  • How to play 2 well-known Classical pieces from Beethoven, Mozart, and more with more artistry.
  • Improved articulation, phrasing, rhythm, passagework, dynamics, and pedaling to enhance your technique and confidence.
  • Insights into your playing, helping you feel more empowered in your interpretive decisions.
  • How to overcome nervousness through interaction and support from your Digital Practice Group.

“I feel much more confident as a pianist. This course has restored my enthusiasm for playing the piano and has given me tools to continue to develop through my own practice.”
—Caroline F.

Course Contains

Digital Practice Group Membership

Benefit from the accountability of a vibrant six-week Digital Practice Group, your community of like-minded musicians led by a Juilliard Course Fellow.

Upload weekly videos of your progress to share with your Digital Practice Group peers, and deepen your learning by sharing feedback on their videos.

Accelerate your growth each week with in-depth feedback from your Juilliard Course Fellow about your progress.

Complete Multimedia Practice Guide:

19 PDF Sheet Music Scores & Practice Guides

All of the sheet music you need for the course is included, plus a written practice guide for each piece. Each practice guide includes suggestions for how to approach articulation, phrasing, dynamic contrast, tempo, passagework, and pedaling for that particular piece.

Choose the two pieces you would like to study during the course, and print the rest if you would like to study them on your own later.

PDF Warm Up Guide

Your guide to warming up before each practice session, with suggested scales, arpeggios, and other exercises that will help you build a well-developed piano technique.

Full HD Video Experience:

6 HD Instructional Focus Videos

Watch Dr. Shinn explain and demonstrate key course concepts and learn how to incorporate them into your piano playing.

19 HD Video Performances

Watch and listen to high quality performances of each piece played by Juilliard experts.

6 HD Master Class Videos

Discover advice that you can apply to your own practice sessions by watching video of Dr. Michael Shinn coaching others, then discuss with your Digital Practice Group.

4 HD Expert Insights Videos

Make connections between the piano and other artistic disciplines with video insights from Juilliard faculty.

Course Outline & Schedule

Course modules are released each week, and can be completed whenever works best in your schedule before the end of the week. For best results, we recommend setting aside 2.5-3 hours per week for interacting with the video modules, practice time, and engaging with your Digital Practice Group.

  • Week of May 15: Introduction to Juilliard Piano Class

  • Week of May 22: Articulation and Phrasing

  • Week of May 29: Dynamic Contrast

  • Week of June 5: Rhythm, Tempo, and Passagework

  • Week of June 12: Pedaling

  • Week of June 19 Final Performance


In addition to instruction from Dr. Michael Shinn, this course includes exclusive content from distinguished Juilliard faculty members including Thomas Cabaniss, Rachel Straus, and Dr. Brian Zeger, Artistic Director of the James and Ellen S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts.


For advanced beginner and intermediate students who can read treble and bass clefs and who have studied piano for at least one year. Students must have regular access to a piano or electric keyboard with 88 weighted keys for the duration of the course. Age 13 and up.

Repertoire Included

You will receive study guides and sheet music for the 19 well-known Classical pieces below, and will learn to play 2 of your choice during the course.

Advanced Beginner Pieces:
  • Beethoven - Ecossaise in G Major, WoO. 23
  • Mozart - Minuet in F Major, K. 2
  • Mozart - Allegro in B-flat Major, K. 3
  • Clementi - Sonatina in C Major, Op. 36, No. 1, I. Allegro
  • Jean Théodore Latour - Sonatina No. 1 in C Major, I. Allegretto
  • Beethoven - Sonatina in G Major, Anh. 5, No. 1, I. Moderato
  • Beethoven - Sonatina in G Major, Anh. 5, No. 1, II. Romanze
  • Beethoven - Sonatina in F Major, Anh. 5, No. 2, I. Allegro assai
Intermediate Pieces:
  • Anton Diabelli - Sonatina in G Major, Op. 151, No. 1, I. Andante cantabile
  • Mozart - Sonata in C Major, K. 545, II. Andante
  • Mozart - Sonata in C Major, K. 545, III. Rondo: Allegretto
  • Clementi - Sonatina in G Major, Op. 36, No. 5, I. Presto
  • Clementi - Sonatina in C Major, Op. 36, No. 3, I. Spiritoso
  • Beethoven - Sonata in G Minor, Op. 49, No. 1, I. Andante
  • Mozart - Sonata in C Major, K. 545, I. Allegro
  • Beethoven - Sonata in G Major, Op. 79, I. Presto alla tedesca
  • Mozart - Sonata in G Major, K. 283, III. Presto
  • Beethoven - Sonata in F Minor, Op. 2, No. 1, I. Allegro
  • Schubert - Impromptu in A-flat Major, D. 935, No. 2 (Op. 142)

"The evidence of success is here: I have played for friends at three separate dinner parties, without wanting to die afterwards." —Elise G.

100% Guaranteed

If you are unsatisfied with your results from the course, you may email us within the first 14 days of the course start date and we will offer you a full refund.

Statement of Accomplishment

Those who successfully complete this course will receive a Statement of Accomplishment.




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Meet the instructor

Dr. Michael Shinn

Michael Shinn is a world-class pianist, piano teacher, and innovative online educator who has helped thousands of musicians of all backgrounds take their skills to the next level. As chair of Keyboard Studies at The Juilliard School, he teaches piano, chamber music, piano pedagogy, keyboard skills, and analysis for performers.

Michael has extensive experience working with adult students of all abilities, from teaching courses in Juilliard’s Evening Division, to running his pianoSonoma Music Festival in California, where students learn from and collaborate with professional musicians each summer. Michael brings this experience, passion, and supportive attitude into his Juilliard Open Classroom courses.

As a performer and Yamaha Artist, Michael tours regularly with his wife, fellow pianist, Jessica Chow Shinn.

Course Details


2.5–3 hours/week




Advanced Beginner to Intermediate
(Must have at least 1 year of prior piano study)



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