“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.”
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.
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.
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.
Watch Dr. Shinn explain and demonstrate key course concepts and learn how to incorporate them into your piano playing.
Watch and listen to high quality performances of each piece played by Juilliard experts.
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.
Make connections between the piano and other artistic disciplines with video insights from Juilliard faculty.
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.
"The evidence of success is here: I have played for friends at three separate dinner parties, without wanting to die afterwards." —Elise G.
Those who successfully complete this course will receive a Statement of Accomplishment.
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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.