ABOUT "THE WELL-ROUNDED PIANIST" AND CORY & MARILYN
(For a shorter overview of the site, please CLICK HERE.)
The Well-Rounded Pianist (WRP) was founded in 2017 by Dr. Cory Hall (of YouTube fame) and his wife, Marilyn, who have over 50 years' combined teaching experience. After Cory's success on YouTube since 2008 -- with over 1100 piano performances and tutorials of nearly 50 million total views and nearly 100,000 subscribers around the world -- WRP was created to provide a platform for focused piano teaching and learning. WRP's focus is instructional videos that cover a broad range of categories -- namely, many styles and composers of classical piano, the teaching of piano, some ragtime and early jazz, music theory, music history, and other areas. Most of the videos on WRP are not available publicly on YouTube and are viewable by WRP members only. 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 based on folders and sub-folders making videos easy to classify and locate, as opposed to YouTube's generally confusing format and lack of organization. WRP is always a "work in progress." WRP is always expanding and growing and is one of the world's largest and most comprehensive piano education websites operated by two people. Cory loves teaching and spreading knowledge around the world by way of BachScholar® Edition Books (Hardcopy or PDF), YouTube, and WRP. Cory wants to be your personal professor!
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 (on the drop-down page below "About" on the top menu) lists all the videos currently uploaded to WRP, which are organized by an efficient "folder" and "sub-folder" system in the drop-down lists in the menu area.
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 over 1100 performance and tutorial videos for YouTube since 2008 on the BachScholar® YouTube channel, which currently has nearly 100,000 subscribers around the world and whose videos have a current total of nearly 50 million views. He currently has over 35 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 the United States to Australia to Norway to Hong Kong. He is currently #1 on Google under the search "piano lessons Skype." He has taught students of all ages (currently his youngest is 5 and oldest is 82). Cory earned the Doctor of Musical Arts (Piano) 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. 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 served for 11 years as an adjunct professor at two colleges (St. Petersburg College, Eckerd College) as well as 10 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. Cory is currently organist for Sunday services and pianist for Saturday evening services at Grace Lutheran Church (LCMS) in St. Petersburg, Florida. In addition to teaching piano worldwide via Skype and developing and maintaining The Well-Rounded Pianist, Cory plans and produces books and resources for pianists and organists through BachScholar Publishing where he is editor-in-chief. For more information about Cory and BachScholar® Editions, please CLICK HERE.
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 is currently Associate Director of Music at Grace Lutheran Church & School (LCMS) in St. Petersburg, Florida where she teaches music classes for pre-k through eighth grade (2-13 years), directs the adult and youth handbell choirs, directs the "New Song Band" (a contemporary church chamber group), and accompanies for the adult chapel choir.