Cory has taken piano learning on the internet to a new level. His inspiring and thoughtful way of presenting theory, exercises, and music is spot on. Even the exercises he presents are pieces of beautiful music which makes them a pleasure to work on. I would recommend anyone looking for a comprehensive method and approach to learning piano to try out “The Well-Rounded Pianist.”
I have really been enjoying watching Cory’s tutorials everyday this summer. Cory is an amazing teacher. I just love the program. It is almost like I am at the lesson. It gives me a lot of teaching ideas as well. I always thought that I wanted my ARCT and maybe someday. But I’m just happy studying and working at it everyday. As long as I can study and learn for the rest of my life. Thanks for everything you do, Cory!
“The Well-Rounded Pianist” is a marvelous course. It opens the door to new ideas, such as keyboard harmony and Bach chorales, valuable piano exercises, and new pieces, such as Scarlatti. Thank you, Dr. Hall!
I love “The Well-Rounded Pianist” and its entire pedagogy. It makes a lot of sense to spend time building sight-reading skills using chorale excerpts and hymns. I’ve been practicing with “Sight-Reading & Harmony” and the accompanying videos for about 8 months, focusing on scales and sight-reading at Grade 1. I feel I am progressing well with both and that in a couple months I will be ready to move on to Grade 2.
I bought “Sight-Reading & Harmony” and I’ve been using it for a few days now and I can already feel that my sight-reading skills are improving and reading has actually become fun.I love the idea of moving to higher grades over time. It would be awesome if I could one day consider myself a Grade 8 student!
I’m an adult learner aged 54. I heard Claudio Arrau could read piano music before words. For this adult it’s a rather arduous process so I purchased “Sight Reading & Harmony” to improve my sight reading, as there are very few if any books that address this topic. I would not have bought the book if I hadn’t seen Cory’s video where he runs through the book for some 12 minutes and explains all the sections. It’s this meticulousness and attention to detail that I love about his teaching and his videos. Little did I know that there were some 1500+ other videos to learn from as well. Cory says “Sight-Reading & Harmony” has a lifetime of material in it. Well for me, probably several lifetimes and when coupled with all the other material on the site I know I’ll never stop learning and improving my piano playing. The sight is called “The Well Rounded Pianist” and it wasn’t until writing this testimonial the I realized why. I have tried some other piano teachers and sites and while they all had their pluses, one big negative was the lack of scope. They all concentrate on one specific area, whether it be simply teaching pieces or running through scales at break neck speed for example. “The Well-Rounded Pianist” coupled with “Sight-Reading & Harmony” covers it all, from theory to drills, to specific exercises that Cory has developed to help your fingers navigate the keyboard, to pieces performed at regular and slow motion, plus much more that I’m not aware of, as I have only scratched the surface of the sight. All of his teaching is practical and musical, he even stresses the musical nature of scales, something I had not considered, usually worrying about speed. I guess I’ve run on long enough, can you guess, I recommend WRP!
(from an email) — It has taken me a bit to find my way around your unbelievably extensive website but I wanted to THANK YOU for the 90 minutes you have given to this piece (Schumann’s “Traümerei”)! This is the ONE piece I took to my piano teacher when I started my lessons 8 months ago and I said, “I want to play this piece in my lifetime!” I could not believe my good fortune of finding this on your website yesterday! I am in awe, Dr. Cory. I have stared at this piece for so long, wondering what to do with it, not knowing where to begin because I know it is above my pay grade. Then I found your videos, I love it!! Your practice plan for me is SO helpful, especially the sight reading every day for Grade 1. It takes me longer than 15 minutes. Finally, I understand why I have struggled so: Note recognition and I couldn’t read vertically; no surprise there, but you have helped me to know what to do about it! This may be a stretch of the imagination, but I WANT to learn ragtime at some point. I’m not sure but did you record every piece in Scott Joplin’s Complete Piano Works? So happy to find you playing them on YouTube. I can just reach octave on white keys, and can use 1 and 4 for black key octaves. I know this is early to have such a dream, but there it is. Please forgive me for getting personal, but your haircut just made you SOOO much younger!! But then I am old enough to be your grandmother!! You are just a God send for me. I thank you so much!