THE WELL-ROUNDED PIANIST 

ABOUT "THE WELL-ROUNDED PIANIST" AND CORY & MARILYN

The Well-Rounded Pianist (hereafter referred to as "WRP") is the most complete and comprehensive piano instructional site on the internet, founded in May, 2017 by Dr. Cory Hall (of YouTube fame) and his wife, Marilyn. (Currently, the site is currently still being developed and after the "Sight-Reading & Harmony" videos have been completed, new videos in a variety of categories will be added on a weekly basis.) WRP's focus is instructional videos that cover a broad range of categories, many of which are accompanied with FREE sheet music that can be downloaded on the BachScholar® site HERE. Many of the video lessons on WRP are not available publicly on YouTube and are viewable by members only. Some videos on WRP cover music under copyright, in which case you can find the links to get the music books HERE. In general although with some exceptions, the BachScholar® YouTube channel (all free) is dedicated to performances while WRP (subscription) is dedicated to specialized tutorials and learning. In addition, WRP uses a special system of organization making videos easy to find, as opposed to the BachScholar® YouTube channel, which cannot be as systematically organized due to YouTube's generally confusing format.

WRP is the ideal site for: 1) piano students of all ages who wish to supplement their weekly lessons with an additional valuable resource; 2) up-and-coming and less experienced teachers who seek new inspiration and ideas from two piano teaching veterans with 60 years' combined teaching experience; 3) self-learners who seek quality learning material in all areas of piano.   

The Comprehensive Index page (soon to be added below the present page on the drop-down menu) lists all the video content belonging to the categories listed and explained below, that is, the entire video content on WRP. Only members of WRP are permitted to view and benefit from the instructional videos on this site. 


  • SIGHT-READING & HARMONY -- This category consists of video lessons on Dr. Hall's (aka "Cory's") complete textbook, Sight-Reading & Harmony (2017, BachScholar Publishing), which incorporates Bach's four-part chorales into an effective system of sight-reading. Cory provides over 900 videos accompanying his best-selling 220-page book, which is indispensable to all serious students and teachers of piano and musical harmony, and especially, teachers and students interested in studying and benefitting from Bach's magnificent four-part chorales. GET THE BOOK HERE! 
  • RAGTIME -- This category features video lessons of walk-throughs, explanations, and analyses of piano pieces from the great "classic ragtime" era of 1900-1920. Cory's ragtime performances, particularly Scott Joplin, are now legendary throughout the world. Cory has been the most-watched and most-respected ragtime pianist on YouTube since 2008. Cory grew up playing ragtime in the 1970's and has always returned time again to the style that resides in his "blood." Cory's knowledge and expertise in practicing and performing classic ragtime works is profoundly infectious and is guaranteed to make YOU a better ragtime pianist!  
  • LESSON PLANS -- This category features lesson plans and recommended books for piano students organized by levels or grades: beginning, early intermediate, late intermediate, early advanced, advanced. These lesson plans are especially helpful and valuable for teachers who wish to gain new insight and resources as well as for self-learners not currently enrolled in private lessons who wish to gain direction and guidance. 
  • PIANO METHODS -- This category features video lessons of popular pieces from leading method books organized according to grades, which covers up to about the late intermediate level or about Grade 4. Cory & Marilyn have over 55 years' combined teaching experience, are well familiar with many of the leading piano methods, and enjoy elaborating upon popular pieces from the leading piano methods students and teachers like to use.  
  • MUSIC THEORY -- This category features video lessons on all aspects of music theory and ear training for all levels from beginning to the college level. In addition, hymns, chorales, fugues, sonatas, and other standard piano works are discussed and analyzed according to harmony (chords), form, and rhythm. Cory is not only a pianist but also an expert at music theory, and he wants nothing more than to share his expertise with students and teachers so that they can understand the inner workings of music, and in the process, become better pianists! 
  • PIANO TECHNIQUE -- This category features video lessons that expound upon Cory's complete technical system developed over the course of thirty years, which he refers to as "systematic piano technique." It will be published in the near future by BachScholar Publishing, LLC in a multi-volume set titled BachScholar® Piano Method. Hall has been incorporating this system in his lessons for many years now, which is a system that amalgamates the technical aspects of piano with important theoretical foundations. In other words, technique and theory work together and are fostered in the student from the beginning level onwards, meaning that the method does not have separate "theory books" and "technique books" as do most other methods. The BachScholar® Piano Method is more complete and foundational than any other piano method currently on the market, and quite possibly, more complete and foundational than any piano method in history. Students and teachers will simply marvel at the myriad of incredibly fascinating and useful exercises Hall has developed for the sole purpose of making students and teachers more well-rounded pianists!   
  • PIANO CLASSICS -- This category features video lessons of walk-throughs, explanations, and analyses of standard works in the piano repertoire with an emphasis on popular, intermediate-level works that appeal to the majority of piano students and teachers. Cory's and Marilyn's knowledge of piano literature is profound and vast, which makes their educational videos on standard piano classics something aspiring pianists will not want to miss!  
  • "SUPER SLOW" VIDEOS -- This category features an incredibly useful and educational type of video lesson, invented by Cory and featured on the BachScholar® YouTube channel. Cory plays classic piano works at about half speed (as close to half speed as he can achieve) with an overhead camera view, which intends to convey to the student ALL the nuances of performance with the only difference being half instead of full tempo. They have become some of Cory's most popular videos on YouTube and serious students of piano come back to them time again for inspiration and advice. 
  • ABRSM -- This category features video lessons of performances, walk-throughs, explanations, and analyses of exam pieces for the world-popular ABRSM exams. Many of Cory's and Marilyn's students have prepared for and passed ABRSM exams, and they thoroughly enjoys playing and teaching these often lesser-known piano pieces. 
  • BACH CHORALES -- This category features video lessons of walk-throughs, explanations, and analyses of four-part chorales by J.S. Bach. Cory is perhaps the only pianist in the world today who promotes Bach's four-part chorales for piano study. Like more popular church hymns, method books always ignore them and piano teachers apparently never teach them, which is unfortunate since Bach's masterpieces of harmony offer more benefits to piano study than any other style. Bach chorales are Cory's favorite style and his expertise and passion when teaching the chorales is sure to be so infectious that students and teachers will wonder how on earth these little masterpieces have been ignored and swept under the table for so long. Cory wants nothing more than to make Bach chorales YOUR favorite style and to improve your playing through them!
  • CHURCH HYMNS -- This category features video lessons of walk-throughs, explanations, and analyses of standard church hymns of all denominations. Cory is one of the few piano teachers in the world who promotes the practicing and understanding of church hymns. Method books always ignore them and 95% of piano teachers never teach them, which is unfortunate since hymns offer more benefits to piano study than any style other than Bach's four-part chorales. Cory is passionate about teaching and promoting hymns and wants nothing more than to teach pianists how to be, at the very least, competent hymn players.  
  • SURVEY OF GREAT PIANISTS -- This category features biographical information, video footage, and audio recordings of the great pianists of yesteryear to the modern day from the great artists of the pre-WW2 era, like early Arrau and Horowitz, to the great artists who rose to prominence in the post-WW2 years, like Richter and Gilels, to more modern legends, like Gould. Listening to, comparing and contrasting, and reveling in legendary pianists' recordings is eternally fascinating and rewarding, which provides the "icing on the cake" for creating truly "well-rounded" pianists. WRP encourages healthy forum discussions on these legendary pianists!  

  

  Cory & Marilyn      Cory & Marilyn with pianist, Richard Dowling   Cory teaching via Skype (from the U.S. to the U.K.)


ABOUT CORY:  Dr. Cory Hall is one of the world's most sought-after and respected piano teachers, having produced nearly 1000 performance and tutorial videos for YouTube since 2008 on the BachScholar® YouTube channel, which currently has over 78,000 subscribers around the world and whose videos have a current total of nearly 40 million views. He currently has over 30 years' piano teaching experience. Cory, arguably one of the most "well-rounded" pianists in the world (hence, the title of the current website), has expertise in an impressively wide variety of areas including:  general classical piano music, sight-reading, music theory and composition, music arranging, music engraving and typesetting, music publishing, Bach chorales, church hymns, ragtime, systematic piano technique. Four years after achieving fame on YouTube, in 2012, he established his Skype teaching business. In just a couple years Cory built up a full studio of students from Australia to Norway to Hong Kong with a waiting list currently over six months long. He has taught students of all ages (currently his youngest is 7 and oldest is 82!) in over a dozen countries and most of the 50 United States. Currently, both Cory and his wife Marilyn (who has 25 years' teaching experience) teach lessons via Skype worldwide to students of all ages and levels. Cory holds the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music in Historical Musicology (Music History) from the University of Kansas, Master of Music in Performance and Literature (Piano) from the Eastman School of Music, and Bachelor of Music (Piano) from California State University, Sacramento. Between his residencies at Eastman and the University of Kansas, Cory taught piano for three years at the Musikschule Wilhelmshöhe, a community music school near Kassel, Germany, where he learned fluent German and became immersed in German culture. Cory served for 11 years as an adjunct professor at two colleges (St. Petersburg College, Eckerd College) as well as 11 years as church organist (Anona United Methodist Church in Largo, Florida) until resigning from all posts to focus on the founding and development of BachScholar Publishing, LLC, and the establishment of the registered trademark, BachScholar®. His comprehensive list of piano teachers and masterclass mentors include:  Aline Asmundson, Louise Savage, Gene Savage, Thomas Gentry, Bradford Gowen, David Burge, Richard Reber, John Perry, Daniel Pollack, Nelita True, Claude Frank, Abbey Simon. Cory is a member of Grace Lutheran Church (LCMS) in St. Petersburg, Florida, where he plays piano for the Saturday evening services.

ABOUT MARILYN:  Marilyn Hall began her musical studies in St. Petersburg, Florida at the age of 5 under Eileen Mattioli, and currently has 25 years' piano teaching experience. During her formative years, she participated in numerous recitals, Florida State festivals, competitions, church and chamber groups. She continued her studies with Mrs. Mattioli until age 18 and subsequently as a piano performance/pedagogy major with Professor Larry McCann at St. Petersburg College and Dr. Averill Summer at the University of South Florida. In addition to holding degrees in piano performance/pedagogy, Marilyn has also earned a Bachelors Degree in Marketing and a Masters Degree in Psychology. While teaching private piano at "Mattioli School of Music and Arts", she also worked full-time for a major Fortune 500 Corporation for 17 years. Marilyn has also studied clarinet, violin, and cello. Her violin and cello studies were under renowned cellist and pianist Christine Hartley with whom she helped facilitate a children's orchestral strings group. Marilyn currently teaches students of all ages and levels worldwide via Skype from the Hall's home in St. Petersburg, Florida. Marilyn is a member of Grace Lutheran Church (LCMS) in St. Petersburg, Florida, where she plays piano (shares with Cory) for the Saturday evening services.     

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