Edgewood, WA (PRWEB) August 5, 2009
Over 30 million cable and satellite television subscribers can now tune into their "On Demand" feature to learn to play piano. Piano for Life, a unique instructional approach, is now available on Comcast and various cable and satellite companies, which are now airing eight lessons from the current Piano for Life DVD series, in addition to new lessons added each month.
*To locate Piano for Life, visit your cable provider's On Demand menu. Click on Life & Home and then go to Mag Rack's Music Section. You'll find Mark Almond's Piano for Life program, which currently includes a free preview and eight lessons. Check with your provider for more information.
Piano for Life is the only piano and keyboard lesson program that clearly demonstrates the building blocks of all chords and all harmony in music. There are simple structures beneath the surface that enable the student to understand music itself - before he or she learns to master the details. This kind of piano instruction demonstrates where all of the chords come from, how they are built, and how they are used. This is in complete contrast to the many piano lesson methods that have the student continually memorizing fragmented material. An insightful overview approach is also the best way to rapidly improve the vital skill of reading music notation. The most important concepts are explained in the very beginning, creating a solid foundation for the rest of the student's life. This analytical approach has been enthusiastically accepted by professional musicians and educators. Each note of the traditional "scale" is explained in relation to harmony and the beautiful music it produces.
"We provide step-by-step demonstrations that illustrate where music comes from, and how to break it down into its basic building blocks - without using technical terms," said Mark Almond, performer and teacher, who created Piano for Life. "The material we offer produces impressive music, even for beginners, as it illustrates the substructure to harmony."
"One of the primary goals is to demonstrate the transformation that takes place when we clearly understand chords," Mark Almond said. "This is not someone's strange new method, but simply a clear breakdown and explanation of standard concepts in music education. We introduce the traditional terminology only after the most important concepts are understood and experienced in the context of making music."
Piano for Life is the only program ever created that demonstrates the surprising practical applications of these insights every step of the way. "Families with young children really appreciate our method of teaching," Almond added. "Young people can easily follow the material in the program. Parents, without any prior background in music, can assist their children, as young as three or four years old, to discover and develop their musical talent."
About Mark Almond:
As a performer and piano teacher for the past 35 years, Mark Almond's specialty is clear explanations. His demonstrations start with the whole picture, completely transforming the learning process. After frustrating experiences with four different teachers between the ages of five and seven, Mark returned to the piano ten years later at the age of seventeen. Learning to play piano as an adult has given Mark a unique perspective and a great appreciation for what is most helpful and effective for those who have a deep desire to play the piano. While Mark respects traditional teaching methods, he is quick to point out that many of the top pianists throughout history firmly disagreed with the "note-reading only" approach. Once a student experiences his overviews and insightful presentations, they are surprised by the quality of clear instruction and quickly begin playing. Piano for Quitters and the three-volume sequel, Piano for Life, DVD set is available at http://www.pianoforlife.com for $77.90
Editor's note: Review copies of the Piano for Life DVD series are available upon request. Contact Frank Catanzano at 412-965-5269.