QuickStart Piano - Beginner Course by Marcy Davis

Do you Dream of playing your favorite Enya or Beatles tune?

Worried you'll have to play months (or years) of Mary Had a Little Lamb or Michael Row Your Boat Ashore to get there?

No fear! Leave Mary in the pasture and Mike in the boat. There's a better way!

Beginners at QuickStart Piano

  • Start making beautiful music right away. 
  • Play with both hands from the start. 
  • Get comfortable moving around the keyboard. 
  • Play with confidence. 
  • Take the intimidation out of note-reading. 
 
This 6-week course covers the basics you need to get started, including: 

  • Learn the quickest, easiest way to memorize the white key names. 
  • Improvise a song from scratch. 
  • Learn healthy beginner piano technique. 
  • Move around the keyboard by playing in home base positions. 
  • Learn to read a chord sheet. (All music is based on chords!)
  • Demystify note reading. 
  • Play with both hands - a right hand melody along with left hand chords

By the end of the course you'll be able to:

  • Play several familiar tunes, including Ode to Joy, Jingle Bells and House of the Rising Sun
  • Harmonize (add left hand chords) to right hand melodies
  • Use your knowledge of major and minor chords to unlock hundreds of other familiar tunes 

After finishing this course, you'll be ready to:

  • Move forward in a note reading method such as Piano Pronto Prelude
  • Continue playing songs by ear or with chords
  • Start playing from books like  Famous & Fun which include tunes like:
    • What a Wonderful World
    • Blue Moon
    • Ice Castles Theme
    • You'll Be in My Heart
    • Don't Stop Believin'
    • The Lion Sleeps Tonight
    • Rock Around the Clock
    • Over the Rainbow
    • Can You Feel the Love Tonight

Best of all, you don't have to go it alone! Because this course includes:
**2 Months FREE access to our online coaching and support group basic membership. ($100 value)**
Basic Coaching Group Membership includes:  
  • Ability to post videos and ask questions in our private Online Coaching Group
  • FREE Access to Piano Maestro for iPad learning app -  our top choice to teach note reading to beginners ($50 value).
  • Regular personal feedback and advice from your piano coach
  • Participate in group goal setting and practice challenges
  • Share progress and chat with other students

QuickStart Piano - Beginner Course

Not sure where to start?
This 6-week beginners course is perfect for brand new beginners and those who'd appreciate a review.
*Includes 2 months FREE access to our online coaching & support group ($100 value)

What Students are Saying

Google Reviews
Love your studio. I like your style of getting us playing some fun stuff early, and filling in details later. I've learned more, quicker than I would have thought possible. 
John Kaufmann
 I have had a great experience taking lessons from Marcy! I'm in my ninth month and have learned to play many of my favorite 70's songs! She will teach whatever you desire and in a method thats easily understood. 
Brenda Lee
 Over the years I have had a total of 4 teachers. Marcy is by far the best. She's skilled, knowledgeable, personable, and wants you to learn what you want to learn at your own pace. I highly recommend her for all ages. 
Tina Schneider
Finding Marcy has been one of the best experiences for me in recent years. I am newly retired and have wanted to improve my piano skills for many years. Marcy has made that possible in a very short period of time. She is a fantastic teacher and very perceptive to the goals of her students. I highly recommend her to anyone wanting to enjoy the beauty of piano music 
Donna Rennick
 I've been working with Marcy online for about 4 months. I've had 3 piano teachers in the last 5 years. I felt stuck in my growth and the progress was very very slow. Her online teaching is fantastic. I was having issues in learning sheet music and her style of teaching has helped me tremendously. I had difficulty counting the notes and getting the tempo of the song. She clearly brought a difficult lesson into an understandable format. I'm excited to see how much progress I'll make in another four months. I would highly recommend Marcy to bring you into the next level. 
Tom Burns
 Started piano lessons with Marcy as, what I believe, to be her oldest student. I've never played before and she has made it fun, easy (relatively speaking for someone who didn't know where Middle C was) and has provided me the encouragement to keep at it as I slowly progress through the lessons. We laugh, practice, play, talk through the piano concepts - it is just fun to see her smile when I get something right. And smile even when I get it wrong! She is a joy and I highly recommend her to anyone wanting to learn the piano, regardless of what level you may be at.. Her rates are fair, she's flexible on times, provides a lot of materials and has guided me from Middle C to House of the Rising Sun to even pecking out my favorite Beatles song that I wanted to play - although no recording contract has come my way - yet. 
Rocky King

Course Contents:

Introduction
Why QuickStart Piano?
Course Overview and Introduction
6 mins
Lesson 1 - White Key Names - What's the fastest, easiest way to memorize them?
Quickly Memorize the White Key Names
8 mins
Introduction to the Method
Alphabet Flashcards.pdf
5.7 KB
Dog House Story Visual.pdf
128 KB
Assignment - Show me what you're doing
1 min
Make Your First Music on the Piano - It's Easier Than You Think!
Introduction to the Exercise
Tutorial - Make Your First Piano Music
5 mins
Playalong Track - Your First Piano Music
6 mins
Piano Technique - Why We Don't Play Piano With Our Fingers (What???)
Why We Don't Play Piano With Our Fingers (What???)
What Does it Mean to Use Arm Weight and How Do I Do It?
7 mins
Instructions for Arm Weight Improvisation
4 mins
Arm Weight Improv Playalong Track
3 mins
Assignment - Show me what you're doing
1 min
Get Comfortable Moving Around the Keyboard with Home Base Positions
Why Home Base?
Try It Out - Moving Around With Home Bases
7 mins
Sunrise Playalong Track
6 mins
Finger Numbers and Home Base Review
Learn Your Finger Numbers
5 mins
Printable Finger Number Flashcards
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Printable Sunrise Chord Sheet
483 KB
Assignment - Show me what you're doing
1 min
Finger Numbers, a Familiar Tune, and Playing Both Hands at Once
Finger Numbers and Home Base Review
5 mins
Ode to Joy Tutorial
5 mins
Ode to Joy RH finger numbers and RH letters
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Ode to Joy LH finger numbers
411 KB
Ode to Joy Playalong Track
2 mins
Branching Out From Home Base - More Hand Shapes
5 mins
Ode to Joy - Left Hand Shapes and Playing with Both Hands
3 mins
8-Ode-To-Joy-LH-Chords.pdf
2.69 MB
Assignment - Show me what you're doing
1 min
More Practice with Home Base Positions
Create a Big, Impressive Sound
3 mins
Strategies for Quizzing Home Base Positions
5 mins
Assignment - Show me what you're doing
1 min
Week 1 Practice Plan
How Should I Practice During The First Week?
Lesson 2 - Introduction and Alphabet Practice
Introduction
1 min
Music Alphabet Drills
7 mins
Assignment - Show me what you're doing
1 min
I've Got Rhythm
Intro to Rhythm. Rhythm Flashcards
8 mins
Assignment - Show me what you're doing
1 min
Rhythm and Notes in RH
4 mins
LH Hand Shapes (more chord shells)
6 mins
Rain Rain Playalong Track
4 mins
Assignment - Show me what you're doing
1 min
Putting it All Together - House of the Rising Sun
House of the Rising Sun - Melody
6 mins
A Note About Stem Direction
2 mins
House Rising Sun Playalong Piano and Drums
4 mins
House_Rising_Sun version 2 Backing Track
1 min
Assignment - Show me what you're doing
1 min
House of the Rising Sun version 3 - Backing Track without melody
3 mins
Week 2 Practice Plan
Week 2 Practice Strategies
Lesson 3 - Welcome to the World of Note Reading
First - A Review Piece - Good King W - RH Melody
3 mins
Good King W. - LH Chord Shells
3 mins
Assignment - Show me what you're doing
1 min
Note Reading Doesn't Have to be Scary (Honest!)
Advice for Note Reading
1 min
Introduction to Note Reading
8 mins
Practicing with Lines and Spaces
4 mins
Intro to Grand Staff Reading
6 mins
Expanded Staff - Steps and Skips -Diirectional Reading
5 mins
Further Practice - Note-Reading Drills
9 mins
Make Some Music - Staff Reading Pieces
Bass Clef Note Reading
1 min
C & B Tutorial
5 mins
C-and-B-Playalong
1 min
Assignment - Show me what you're doing
1 min
Chords & You & Pachelbel's Canon
Canon in C Tutorial - Adding the Middle Note to Triads/Chords
9 mins
Canon - Note About the Playalong Tracks
1 min
Version 1 Canon-C-Playalong
3 mins
Version 2 Canon in C PlayAlong
3 mins
Canon in C - Let's add a Melody with Right Hand
5 mins
Assignment - Show me what you're doing
1 min
Week 3 Practice Plan
Week 3 Practice Strategies
Lesson 4 - Going Deeper with Chords and Staff Note Reading
Introduction
1 min
Canon in C and Basic Rhythm Patterns
8 mins
More Ideas for Canon in C
10 mins
Canon in C Playalong Track
3 mins
A-B-C Tutorial
5 mins
A-B-C-Playalong
1 min
Chord Ideas for C & B and A-B-C
7 mins
C-and-B-Playalong
1 min
Assignment - Show me what you're doing
1 min
Playing With Both Hands - Jingle Bells
Jingle Bells Tutorial - RH melody, LH chords
5 mins
Optional Bonus: Jingle Bells Accompaniment - Another Way to Think About Rhythm
13 mins
Optional Bonus: Jingle Bells - RH Melody & LH Chords, Another Way to Think About Rhythm
5 mins
Jingle Bells Play Along Track
3 mins
Assignment - Show me what you're doing
1 min
Reading Treble Clef
C & D Tutorial
4 mins
C-D-E Tutorial - and Adding LH Chords
6 mins
C Me Play Tutorial
1 min
BONUS - Tutorial - Add LH chord shells to treble clef melodies.mp4
6 mins
Assignment - Show me what you're doing
1 min
Week 4 Practice Plan
Week 4 Practice Strategies
Lesson 5 - Hands Together, Now!
Lesson 5 Introduction
1 min
Tutorial - 5-Finger Warm-Up
3 mins
5-Finger Warm-Up Playalong
3 mins
Assignment - Show me what you're doing
1 min
More Treble Clef Notes
Cha Cha Cha Tutorial
2 mins
Cha-Cha-Cha Playalong
1 min
Tick Tock Tutorial
3 mins
Tick Tock Playalong
1 min
Hot Cross Buns Tutorial
2 mins
Hot Cross Buns Playalong
1 min
BONUS - Tutorial - Add LH chord shells to treble clef melodies
6 mins
A Little Review - Something New
Tutorial - Review old pieces now on staff
6 mins
Ode to Joy Playalong (Long Version no 8ths)
2 mins
Canon in C Playalong
3 mins
Good King Wenceslas Playalong
1 min
Assignment - Show me what you're doing
1 min
House of the Rising Sun - Now With Chords
House of Rising Sun Chord Sheet Tutorial
5 mins
House of the Rising Sun RH Melody Tutorial
4 mins
House Rising Sun RH Mel with LH Chords Tutorial
4 mins
House of the Rising Sun Playalong
1 min
Optional Assignment - Show Me What You're Doing with House of the Rising Sun Chords
1 min
Optional Assignment 2 - Show Me What You're Doing with House of the Rising Sun RH Melody with LH chords
1 min
Week 5 Practice Plan
Week 5 Practice Strategies
Lesson 6 - Get Your Fingers Moving & Go Deeper With Chords
Introduction to Lesson 6
2 mins
Many Waters Tutorial
6 mins
Many Waters Playalong
2 mins
Chord Spellings and Memory Tricks
8 mins
Assignment - Show me what you're doing
1 min
More Treble Clef & Here Come the 8th Notes
My Piano Song Tutorial
3 mins
My Piano Song Playalong
1 min
Assignment - Show me what you're doing
1 min
Jingle Bells with 8th Notes Tutorial
8 mins
Jingle Bells Playalong
2 mins
Ode to Joy with 8th Notes Tutorial
3 mins
Ode to Joy with 8th Notes Playalong
2 mins
Assignment - Show me what you're doing
1 min
Intervals, Sharps & Flats
Review - Steps and Skips
3 mins
Tutorial - 5ths and Brother John
9 mins
Tutorial - Half & Whole Steps, Sharps & Flats in Sad Brother
5 mins
Assignment - Show me what you're doing
1 min
Level Up - Harder Version of Sunrise
BONUS Tutorial - Sunrise - Harder Version
4 mins
Sunrise - Harder Version - Playalong
3 mins
Sunrise Improvisation Example
5 mins
BONUS - Sunrise - Harder Version (Alternate Tutorial from the Archives)
10 mins
Assignment - Show me what you're doing
1 min
Now the Fun Really Starts - Other Music to Explore
What next?
How Can I Keep Learning?
Need a Teacher/Coach? 5 Tips for Finding a Good Match
3.05 MB
BONUS Download - 5 Practice Tips for Busy Adults
5.37 MB