Sunday, December 23, 2007

How to play Apologize by OneRepublic

How to play the piano part for "Apologize" by OneRepublic or the remix by Timbaland.

Timbaland - Apologize - Music Book

Download OneRepublic's "Apologize" from their album "Dreaming Out Loud":
OneRepublic - Dreaming Out Loud - Apologize

Download Timbaland's remix of "Apologize" featuring OneRepublic:
Timbaland - Shock Value - Apologize (feat. OneRepublic)

Monday, December 03, 2007

How to Play Christmas Time is Here by Vince Guaraldi

Santa Claus demonstrates how to play "Christmas Time is Here by Vince Guaraldi from "A Charlie Brown Christmas".

Vince Guaraldi - Christmas Time Is Here - from A Charlie Brown Christmas - Sheet Music (Digital Download)

Monday, November 12, 2007

How to play Bubbly by Colbie Caillat

How to play "Bubbly" by Colbie Caillat on the piano.

Colbie Caillat - Bubbly - Sheet Music (Digital Download)

Colbie Caillat - Coco - Bubbly

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Synthesia the Video Game

Synthesia is a video game much like Guitar Hero that utilizes MIDI keyboards in conjunction with MIDI files. It is a free download at:

Also featured is "Jane's Song" by Christopher Norton published by Frederick Harris Music Co. and available at:

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Piano Lab Teaching Tips with India

SFA Piano Pedagogy Student, India Aquino shares some teaching tips in group piano through the digital piano lab. Included is an excerpt of her teaching a piano class for non-keyboard music majors. To learn more about studying piano pedagogy at Stephen F. Austin State University, go to:

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

2008 Schmidbauer Piano Competition Invitation

An invitation to all eligible pianists to enter the inaugural 2008 Schmidbauer International Young Artists Piano Competition.

Friday, August 31, 2007

Reduced-Size Keyboards Part 2

Part 2 covers reactions and testimonials from pianists who have used the 7/8 reduced size keyboard, including Dr. Anita Renfroe from Millersville University.

In addition, Sarah Evans and Peter Davis from Bob Jones University share their results from a research study measuring pianists' adaptability to the 7/8 keyboard.

To get more information on David Steinbuhler's keyboards, visit:

Monday, August 13, 2007

Reduced-Size Keyboards Part 1

From the 2007 National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, Dr. Carol Leone demonstrates the benefits of the 7/8 Reduced Size Keyboard, including preventing injuries and allowing pianists with smaller hands the ability to play repertoire that they were incapable of doing before.
To get more information on David Steinbuhler's keyboards, visit:

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Intermediate Piano Repertoire

Heather and Jordan review two series of intermediate piano repertoire collections. One is "Piano Literature from The Developing Artist Library by Nancy and Randall Faber. The other is "The Festival Collection" edited by Helen Marlais. To learn more about studying piano pedagogy at Stephen F. Austin State University, go to:

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Arranging Hymns for Piano Students

Hyera Kim takes over The Piano Podcast to discuss arranging church hymns for your beginner piano students. To learn more about studying piano pedagogy at Stephen F. Austin State University, go to:

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Triads and Inversions

In this video piano lesson, I cover triads and inversions along with fingering in the right hand. We apply that knowledge to playing an arrangement of the first few bars of "Let It Be" by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

Here's a link to one arrangement of the song:
The Beatles - Let It Be - Sheet Music (Digital Download)

Here's a link to a simplified arrangement of the song by Mona Rejino:
The Beatles - Let It Be - Sheet Music (Digital Download)

Friday, July 06, 2007

Sabre Dance

Sabre Dance by Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978). Originally recorded on October 27, 2006.

Performed by Mario Ajero, Mary Cooper, Gene Moon, and Ron Petti from Stephen F. Austin State University.
This 2-piano version is a 1991 copyright of N. Jane Tan, published by Piano Ensemble International, Inc.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

How to Play Trouble by Coldplay

This is a re-podcast of how to play the first few measures of the song "Trouble" by Coldplay on piano. It was originally recorded in May 2006. If you find the lesson helpful, below you will find links to buy recordings and sheet music for the song "Trouble" from iTunes and Buying music from these links will donate a small portion of the sales to me, your friendly-neighborhood piano teacher!

Coldplay - Parachutes - Trouble
Buy Coldplay's Trouble from iTunes for $0.99

Buy the music video of Coldplay's Trouble from iTunes $1.99

Click here to buy the Coldplay Parachutes music book which contains "Trouble" from

Click here to buy the Coldplay Parachutes digital sheet music which contains "Trouble from

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Alone in the Ring

I originally posted this in December 2006 as a "How-To-Play..." video. This short piano piece is entitled "Alone in the Ring" composed by Bill Conti. It was featured in the "Rocky" movies that my dad used to take me to as a kid.

Rocky Balboa - The Best of Rocky - Sheet Music

Friday, June 08, 2007

Piano Duets with Kimberly Dreisbach

Originally recorded in the summer of 2006, Mario Ajero talks with Kimberly Dreisbach about some of the benefits of piano teachers and students playing duets. He also plays some duets with Kimberly and his student, Shawn Chambers, from a series called "In Recital: Duets" edited by Helen Marlais. The duets include: "Serenade" by Franz Schubert and arranged by Edwin McLean, "Simple Gifts" - a Shaker melody arranged by Kevin Olson, and "Maple Leaf Rag" by Scott Joplin and arranged by Kevin Olson.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Group Piano Ideas with Julie Knerr - RR

This is a re-run of one of my favorite episodes with Julie Knerr, who shares her expertise in the area of group piano lessons. Included are video clips of her teaching, and I hope that many of you piano teachers out there find some inspiration from these clips.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Piano Sonata by Aaron Copland

As I approach the end of the semester here, time is really tight to produce any new episodes of The Piano Podcast. So I've decided to go into "re-run" mode for a little bit and upload some of my old episodes that I had not uploaded to I hope you stay subscribed as I have some fresh new episodes planned for this summer. Here's a performance of me playing the first movement of Aaron Copland's Piano Sonata.

Click here to buy Copland's Piano Sonata from

Monday, April 02, 2007

Gershwin Piano Concerto in F

Here's the performance of the first movement of George Gershwin's Piano Concerto in F featuring piano soloist, Chris Reeves, and the Orchestra of the Pines directed by Gene Moon. For more info on studying piano at Stephen F. Austin State University, visit:

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Chris Reeves Interview

This a bit of a video blog mixed with an interview segment with one of my pedagogy students, Chris Reeves. We give a sneak preview of his performance of George Gershwin's Piano Concerto in F with The Orchestra of the Pines which will be featured on the next episode of The Piano Podcast.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Duets With Your Piano Students by India Aquino

India Aquino shares some tips and benefits of utilizing duets in the private lesson setting. Many thanks to all the pedagogy students who took on this podcast project for the first time. If you're interested in studying piano pedagogy at Stephen F. Austin State University, visit:

Monday, February 05, 2007

Dalcroze Eurhythmics with Jordan and Heather

As part of my ongoing series with my piano pedagogy class, Jordan Yerkes and Heather Nolan give an introduction to Dalcroze Eurhythmics and share some activities that can be used in a piano class or lesson. If you're interested in learning more about studying piano at Stephen F. Austin State University, please visit:

Monday, January 22, 2007

Digital Keyboards with Craig Reeves

As part of my ongoing podcasts with my piano pedagogy students, Craig Reeves demonstrates the benefits of using a digital keyboard. In this case, he is using a Yamaha Clavinova CVP-207. If you're interested in studying piano at Stephen F. Austin State University, go to

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Blues Piano with Kelly Carstens

One of my pedagogy students, Kelly Carstens, gives an introductory lesson to blues-style piano playing.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Images in Music by Emily Lawlace

As part of my ongoing series of video podcasts with my piano pedagogy students at Stephen F. Austin State University, Emily Lawlace shares tips on how to spark piano students imaginations with imagery in the pieces that they are learning.