What if you could play your musical ideas effortlessly on the piano, without spending hours plucking out single notes in frustration?

Discover the step-by-step system for developing your keyboard skills so you can play the piano easily without any frustration, so you can stay inspired and maintain your composing workflow. 

 
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Being able to play the piano is necessary for a quick & efficient workflow.

 

As songwriters and media composers, we're working with MIDI controllers and electric pianos on a near-daily basis! They're one of the most commonly found pieces of equipment in music studios around the world, and many famous artists are able to lay their ideas down quickly using the keyboard. 
 
So why do so many artists and composers feel intimated and lost when it comes to playing the piano and figuring out ideas by ear?
 
And why is being able to play the piano so important? 

The piano is the most important instrument to be able to play if you want to write music, understand theory, and improvise with ease.

 
Yes, I said it. And it's true! 
 
The reason why the piano is so popular around the world, and so many kids starting learning to play at a young age is because the instrument is very visual, easy to understand, and polyphonic. 
 
This means that the piano can play multiple notes at one time, allowing you to perform melody and harmony at the same time, create gorgeous textures, and experience the dynamic and tonal range across the entire instrument. 
 
There are other polyphonic instruments out there (like the harp, guitar, and strings), but most songs and pieces originate from piano sketches. And once you understand how it works, it takes virtually no time to set up and record! 

I grew up learning the piano from a young age.

 
I began my musical journey with classical piano lessons at the age of 5.
 
As I grew older and my hunger for music continued to develop, I entered competitions and attended masterclasses around the world, refining my skills and learning a variety of repertoire ranging from the Baroque greats like Bach and Handel to the Post-Romantic era like Rachmaninoff and Debussy. 
 
After graduating high school, I attended the University of Toronto for Classical Piano Performance, where I received my Bachelor's degree and began doubling down on composition and teaching after graduating from the program.
 
As a composer and songwriter, being able to play the piano and use it as a vehicle for my expression really came in handy, and I became very thankful for all the musical education my parents put me through as a child. 
 
I never felt stuck or frustrated because I couldn't output my ideas into my DAW, and writing music was typically a smooth and very enjoyable experience.  

But that wasn't the case for many of my friends and musical peers.

 
Many people around me were telling me that they felt unmotivated and frustrated, because they didn't have the means to record their ideas quickly!
 
Some composers would draw in the notes by hand, which could take hours, while others would pluck individual notes on the keyboard until they resembled a melody or chord progression, which becomes a time suck.
 
I recently asked my colleagues what they were frustrated with, and the answers always followed a certain pattern:
  • I can't translate my ideas to the piano quickly!
  • I lose inspiration by spending hours on tweaking MIDI.
  • I'd like to orchestrate and write more idiomatically for instuments using the piano!
  • My hands aren't independent enough, I need more fundamental technique.
  • I'd like to be able to sing and play at the same time, lead a band, or improvise easier.  
The great news is, learning to play the piano is not rocket science!
 
There's a very specific method I like to teach my students to not only play the piano, but to develop their ear and link it to composition.
 
And that's what I'd like to share with you.

Introducing...

 My step-by-step method for learning the piano, developing your inner/outer ear, and composing music without any frustrations or hassles.

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"If you ever wanted to write songs in the style of Disney animated films, this class is for you. Chris does a through job of giving historic, melodic, harmonic, orchestration and structural perspectives that build the classic Disney framework. 

Using some of the most popular Disney songs, Chris gives concrete examples on how these songs create the emotional underpinning that enhances the animation. Additionally, he applies these principles as he walks you through his own Disney influenced composition. 

Highly recommended for composers at all levels!"


- Wayne (student)

This course will allow you to:

 

Play By Ear

Every composer's dream is to be able to play what they hear or think of on command. This allows us to get our ideas down quickly and efficiently.

 

Perform Smooth Scales and Chord Progressions

Learn the essential scales, chord progressions, and left hand patterns that make up the fundamentals of Western music.

 

Improvise with Ease

Whether you want to play live for a band or simply play for your own enjoyment, I'll show you how to improvise in real time.

 

Develop Hand Independence

Having trouble controlling your hands independently or putting them together? We'll discuss how to solve this problem once and for all.

Piano Skills for Composers and Songwriters is organized into 5 core modules:

 

 

Module 1 – An Overview of the Piano

 
  • How the piano is designed and laid out in an intuitive manner
  • Advice for proper posture to ensure you can play with comfortability and ease
  • Specific piano exercises to improve your dexterity and hand control
  • A crash course on reading notation, with included examples
 

Module 2 – Playing Fundamentals

 
  • The building blocks of major and minor scales, with step-by-step instruction
  • How to perform solid and broken chords for simple accompaniment  
  • A unique scale/chord exercise that improves your technique and sounds like a song at the same time!
  • My method for spontaneous voice leading, and why you need to be able to do this for smooth performances
 

Module 3 – Applying Technique to Real Music 

 
  • The core exercises I practice with students daily to improve dexterity and develop an ear for texture
  • Essential guidance on how to practice music of increasing difficulty so you can practice on your own without getting stuck
  • How I approach learning new music, from the foundations to the finer details
  • Simple methods for left hand accompaniment patterns so you can come up with your own arrangements in no time! 

 

Module 4 – Essential Ear Training 

 
  • Why singing scales and intervals is so crucial for analyzing melodies
  • How to hear and sing chords and their inversions easily  
  • One of my favourite tools to use for consistent ear training practice that will help you improve significantly 
  • A simple method for transcribing music by ear to the piano so you can begin playing by ear

 

Module 5 – Composition and Improvisation 

 
  • My personal framework for improvising on the spot with confidence
  • How to create beautiful melodies and harmonies using simple music theory
  • My favourite chord voicings for self-accompaniment and collaboration
  • An analysis of classical, pop, and jazz styles to dissect how you can improvise and play in a variety of genres

Homework and sheet music included!

 

All of the content is presented through video format for the best learning experience. In addition, you'll also be provided with a written summary of each topic below the corresponding video. 

Throughout the course, I've laid out 'next steps', so you can follow along with me, step-by-step, and ensure that you're progressing without any hiccups! 

"WOW is all I can say! Christopher has done it yet again! His new songwriting for animation course is 2nd to none.
 
Christopher offers one of the most comprehensive systems of taking the student from start to finish through the beloved world of Disney music. From the classics of yesteryear to the Disney music of today, Christopher weaves a very clear and effective thread for the student to follow and then ultimately implement into their own work. Whether it be song analysis, to melodic, harmonic and orchestration techniques this course leaves no stone unturned!
 
The best thing of all is you get to see how Christopher applies these concepts as he composes live in his DAW. If you were to take this course, pair it with his Cinematic Music Creation course, and really put them into practice, you'd be well on your way to becoming a top flight professional composer.
 
Who knows, maybe you can save your money for music school and give it to Christopher!
 
He is the real deal, a wonderful instructor and a badass composer in his own right! I wholeheartedly urge you to grab this course now; you will not be disappointed!
 
 

- Brett Epstein (ESPN, CBS, TNT, FOX SPORTS, CAPITOL RECORDS) 

Piano Skills for Composers and Songwriters is for you if:

  • You're ready to take control of your piano playing, and stop struggling for basic melodies and chord voicings
  • You want to discover how to play by ear and lay down your ideas in a quick and efficient manner
  • You're looking for new left hand patterns to make your accompaniments more interesting, and stop playing the same lines over and over
  • You want to improve your sight-reading skills so you can simply sit down and play without struggling to read the sheet music
  • You're willing to put in the practice and discipline required to see real results

 

This is NOT for you if:

  • You're an advanced pianist looking for a classically-based piano program. Although I do cover a few advanced techniques, this is not a course going over Classical/Romantic literature; rather for composers looking to improve their fundamental skills at the piano. 
  • You expect to improve without putting in the work. I can’t promise you any results unless you put in the practice and dedicate a certain amount of time every day/week to put what you learn into practice. 

So how much does this course cost?

 

The obvious question is, how much will this program cost? Well, when I was taking private lessons, they ranged from $80/hour to $200/hour. Calculate that over the course of a year and that comes out to over $10,000/year! 
 
While my 4-year university program was very good and I learned a lot from my teachers, it cost over $8,000/year, so you can see how that cost added up as well.
 
I want to make this course as accessible to you as possible, and you deserve to be able to play the piano at a sufficient level without breaking the bank. So if you join today, you'll get access immediately for $197! 
 

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Don't forget...it's 100% risk free.

 

I’ve packed a lot into this course because not only do I want you to create the music that I know you can make, but I want to guarantee that you don’t fail.

And to make it a no-brainer deal for you I’m giving you a 60 day 100% money-back guarantee with your purchase today.

That’s right: Go through the course, follow the steps, put in the work, and if you don’t love it in the first 60 days of your purchase, send me an email and I’ll refund you immediately. No questions asked, no hard feelings.

If Piano Skills for Composers and Songwriters doesn’t work for you, I’d much prefer for you to take your money and invest it where you will be happier and get results. I just want you to unlock your piano playing potential!

 

Also, if you join today, you'll receive some incredible bonuses:  

Bonus 1 - A Private 60 Minute 1-on-1 Piano Lesson with Me 

 

Nothing is better than personalized teaching and feedback, especially as a beginner. At any point in your piano journey, simply contact me to set up your private remote lesson and we'll set it up! We can explore topics like:
  • How you're feeling your progress is going, and where you may be feeling stuck and need some additional feedback
  • How to bring out the expression and musicality in your performances
  • Personalized repertoire to keep you engaged and playing music you enjoy
  • And much more! 

Bonus 2 - Advanced Tips for Higher Level Playing

 
While the course delivers the fundamentals behind piano playing, I wanted to give you some extra advanced tips that can help you with more difficult repertoire, should you come to it. We'll discuss: 

  • How to perform and perfect large leaps around the piano
  • My method for quick trills and repeated notes
  • How to develop a consistent weight and control across the keyboard
  • Why relaxation is the key to performing effortlessly

Bonus 3 - Piano Skills for Orchestral Mockups

 
Although you may be proficient on the piano, using the keyboard for virtual instruments is a completely different beast altogether. In this video we'll discuss:
 
  • The mindset behind an orchestrator
  • Why it's so important to write linearly opposed to vertically
  • How I arrange for strings in a smooth and flowing piece
  • Special considerations for idiomatic writing

Bonus 4 - Sightreading Lead Sheets vs. Classical Music

 
In this bonus, you'll see my approach on how I sightread a lead sheet (melody only + chord symbols) vs. a classical score (notation completely written out). 
 
We'll cover chord voicings, smooth voice leading, and dynamics, among other things. This was a heavily requested topic, so you'll enjoy this one! 

Some common questions:

 

Will I have lifetime access to the course?

Absolutely! Once you sign up, you’ll have lifetime access to the material, no matter what. Even if I update the course with new material, you’ll receive it at no extra cost! 
 
 
How long will it take to go through the material? Is it self-paced? 
 
The course is entirely self-paced, meaning you’ll have access to all the material as soon as you sign up. You can go through the videos in any order you’d like, although I’d recommend you to watch them in order for maximum results and to make sure all the bases are covered. You could binge it all in an afternoon, or spread it out to prevent information overload! It’s all up to you.  
 
 
How much music theory is covered in this course? 
 
While the fundamentals of music theory are covered in detail (notation, scales, chords), this course focuses on applying that theory to piano playing as quickly as possible. The best way to really learn is to put in the physical practice, so once we discuss these fundamental concepts, you'll be able to start exercising them right away.
 

What can I expect if I put in the work and the practice?

That in itself is a wonderful goal. Setting specific deadlines and acting upon them is the only way we actually improve at our craft. If you put in the time and energy, you'll be able to play the piano smoothly with both hands, improvise chords and melodies, sightread music, and play the music you hear in your head or anywhere else by ear. 

“Chris applies his in-depth, engaging approach from Cinematic Music Creation to Disney-style music with fantastic results.

He walks you through examples of actual Disney songs and shows where and how specific techniques produce that 'Disney sound'. But my favourite part is where he takes you step-by-step through creating an original Disney-style song from scratch, applying all the techniques he taught from chord progression sketch to final mix.

His energetic, positive, and encouraging delivery made it easy to stay engaged. At the end, you will not only have all the tools you need to create music with that distinctive magical flavor, but also a stronger foundation in musical theory.

If you want to unlock the Disney/Pixar sound, this is the best and most comprehensive course yet at an unbeatable price.

I still have a lot of content to go through, having just scratched the surface, but I look forward to every minute!”

Mathew Kong (composer, songwriter) 

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There are 2 types of people.

 

Some composers remain frustrated with their workflow. They can't get their ideas out onto the piano, and have trouble playing what they hear in an efficient manner.

Others play with ease, keep their inspiration flowing, and are simply able to get their work done in less time with better results.

Which is more appealing to you?

It can really start to weigh on us when we feel overwhelmed by the daunting task fo learning a new instrument, and all the technique that comes with it. 

But it absolutely doesn’t have to be this way!

If you truly understand how to play the piano by understanding the fundamentals first, then putting them into practice consistently, you will become a better pianist and composer. Guaranteed. 

Imagine a year from today...

 
If all this program did was help you play the piano confidently, gain hand independence and improvise beautifully on the spot, would it be worth it? To be able to sit down, think of an idea and instantly play it on your keyboard like it's second nature? 
 
This is all possible if you understand how to approach the instrument, learn the fundamental techniques required for smooth playing, and develop a determined mindset! 
 
Let’s do this together. Join me inside and I’ll show you exactly what to do! 

Choose the version of the course that's right for you!

BASIC

$197

  • All 5 core modules of the Piano Skills for Composers and Songwriters program with step-by-step training
  • Included sheet music and further resources to study from and reinforce what you learn
ADD TO CART

PLATINUM

$347

BEST VALUE

  • All 5 core modules of the Piano Skills for Composers and Songwriters program with step-by-step training
  • Included sheet music and further resources to study from and reinforce what you learn
  • BONUS: A private 60 minute remote piano lesson (via Zoom)
  • BONUS: Advanced techniques for the intermediate-advanced pianist 
  • BONUS: Piano Skills for Orchestral Mockups
  • BONUS: Sightreading Lead Sheets vs. Classical Music
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