Why learn Jazz Piano?

You Don’t Need Sheet Music

Improvisation, or "spontaneous composition," is at the heart of the jazz approach.  Outside of a big band setting, jazz musicians rely very little on the printed manuscript.  In fact, jazz music is deeply rooted in the American spirit of freedom, with an emphasis on the performers’ voice.  Classical music, on the other hand, places a much higher emphasis on serving the composer’s intentions.  One reason why …

Why does the piano have its shape?

Why does the piano have its familiar curved shape? 

The piano is actually a stringed instrument so when you hit a key on the piano keyboard it sets a hammer in motion and the hammer strikes a string.  The string then vibrates and transfers its vibration energy to the sound board and the sound board radiates to the room.  The piano has 88 keys and each key produces a different pitch.  …

Chopin Nocturne Op. 62 N. 2 Autograph Manuscript

Chopin Nocturne Op. 62 N. 1 Autograph Manuscript

Chopin Nocturne Op. 55 N. 2 Autograph Manuscript