A former piano teacher might not approve, but thousands have learned the secret of how to play piano without reading music. Mohawk Valley Community College will be offering the nationally renowned "How to Play Piano in Three Hours" non-credit workshop.
With extensive experience as a professional pianist and music instructor, Anthony Morano's approach reveals how the pros play. Having taught piano privately for many years, Morano will share piano players' tricks of the trade. For over 22 years this workshop has brought seldom taught and highly sought after information to more than 100,000 nationwide.
Morano explains how this method differs from traditional teaching; "While the classical approach stresses discipline and precision in playing, this approach stresses enjoyment and getting great sounds early on. While precision is vital for classical music, this 'pain free' method is more suitable for pop music of all kinds, from Broadway to Rhythm and Blues."
Class materials are accessible and practical, allowing individuals with little or no experience to start on the road to- and eventually achieve- professional playing skills. While knowing how to read the treble clef is a good foundation, many students take the workshop with no prior piano experience. Students will learn how to use chords instead of traditional note-by-note music reading. They'll learn to use sheet music in an entirely new way that is extremely simple, and they'll discover many of the magical shortcuts that the pros use to enhance their playing. Morano promises that after this workshop each student will know how to play any pop tune with both hands using this system.
This workshop will take place twice this semester. The first offering will be on the Utica Campus on Saturday, March 9 from 9am – 12pm. The second offering will be on the Rome Campus on Saturday, March 23 from 9am – 12pm. The cost is $59 which includes a workbook and practice CD.
Seating for these classes are limited and will be taken on a first come basis. For information or to register, call 792-5300 or visit www.mvcc.edu/cced. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Friday. All MVCC non-credit instruction is completely self-supporting; including indirect costs, and requires no public funding.