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I have purchased just about every book/DVD on the net claiming to make me a Piano pro.....in short most of them are junk. I was lucky enough to find Dans material and after buying his first book, I became a student. Using his method I have really improved in so many areas (Chord sight reading, Soloing, Stride, etc) If you are confused about which book or DVD to get, dont waste time, study with Dan, you will be amazed at your improvments!



Edward Buckley
Professional Musician/Teacher, Mexico




I never thought that I could take piano lessons online. I had been always interested in playing beyond reading notes from sheets. My previous training was in classical. I would spent thousands of hours to practice to make notes and phrases interestingly pleasant. When the time came for me to read pop music sheets. I was hopeless as those sheets had no left hand parts; I needed everything written out. Luckily, I attended Dan's workshop and discovered another world of piano playing that I had longed and wanted. It's been wonderful to have this type of non-traditional lessons with a famous teacher like Dan for a working person like me. I hope I would continue having this joyful music journey and spreading this joy to others. Music is structurally endless.

Coco Do
Professional Pianist/Educator - Orange County California



I initially found Dans website when I was looking online for someone to teach me how to play the piano. I have played other instruments for several years, but didnt have much experience playing piano. I wanted to find someone who I thought could take me from my level right now up through very advanced music reading, improvisation, and theory. Dan has so much knowledge and experience and material he has accumulated over the years that I know I have found the perfect person to work with. It is evident when watching his videos that he is a very passionate musician and that he cares about his students. I find the lesson material to be challenging, but fun. Just the way I like it!!! I am very sure that I learned more during the 1st month of piano lessons with Dan than I would have learned from most teachers after 6 months or even 3-4 years. Dans lessons are truly customized to my playing level, my goals, and my rate of progress. The absolute best part of the lessons is the personalized video Dan records for me every lesson. He talks to me like he is literally having a conversation with me. In this video, he offers very valuable and encourging feedback on what areas I might be doing very well on and what areas I need to improve on and how to do so. I love the convenience of being able to work on all my lessons entirely at home. A nd I can watch the lesson videos over and over as many times as I wish. I am very impressed with Dans playing and teaching ability. I am very impressed with how personable he is. And most importantly, I am impressed with my progress and what I have learned so far.
Thank you very much, Dan!
Lori Simpson
Boston, MA



I have been studying with Dan for 5 years and his innovative approach has enabled me to acquire a thorough knowledge of the fundamentals of jazz piano playing to the extent I never anticipated at the start. His professional personal approach and comprehensive portfolio of lessons has revolutionized my understanding and appreciation for jazz piano and what it entails. It has provided me with a thorough foundation of both jazz theory and technical facility which would have been impossible for me to acquire outside of a professional jazz learning environment, something I do not have access to. His unique approach ensures students gain genuine feed back on their performance providing incentive for advancing to the next level. I can highly recommend Dan as highly professional and passionate jazz piano teacher .

Mark Hayton
Project Manager, Indonesia



AFTER 3 MONTHS:
I have been studying jazz
piano with Dan Delaney for about three months. Dans step-by-step approach eliminates any guesswork, and as a result, my playing has vastly improved. I like his video lesson approach. The explanations are clear, and Dan is always available via email to answer questions. Dans enthusiasm is contagious, and his feedback is very encouraging. Im excited about what lies in store with future lessons!

UPDATE!
AFTER 3 YEARS:
I have been studying jazz piano with Dan Delaney for almost three years. What a difference this has made in my playing! My harmony is much richer, my improvised lines are much more coherent and melodic, and my technique and dexterity is much better.

Dan's approach is great: he determines where you're at on your musical path then he develops a step-by-step plan that systematically brings you to new levels of playing that you never thought yourself capable of.

You'll work hard, but you'll never feel overwhelmed or lost. The video lessons and pdfs are always there for you to refer to. If you have questions, Dan is only an email away.

I'm always eager to receive my new lessons from Dan. He is very encouraging and supportive, and he knows exactly what tweaks to suggest that make a big difference in your playing.

I heartily recommend Dan Delaney if you are ready to bring your jazz piano up to a whole new level!


Alex Duncan
Professional Musician/Teacher, Michigan




After completing a BM in Classical Piano Performance, my interest turned to jazz and improvisation. I studied with several well-credentialed jazz piano teachers before finding Dan. He was the only one who had a clear and structured approach to teaching these skills, and his upbeat personality made the process a lot of fun. I highly recommend Dan for pianists who want to enter the world of jazz.


Narjes Soliman
Professional Musician/Teacher, Baltimore, Maryland




I have studied with Dan Delaney for approximately two years. Dan has continually impressed me with his dedication to the music, patience, and positive attitude. His system is ingenious and can work for the beginner or very advanced player. There is no doubt that Dan could take me anywhere I was willing to go with my playing, the only limitation being my personal commitment and practice time. As far as teaching piano goes- Dan is the man!
John Santamaria
Physician



Unless you live in Boston or have a Berklee College Alumni like Dan teaching in your neighborhood, you’ll be hard pressed to find another teacher this knowledgeable and engaging. For anyone interested in learning how music is constructed, Dan is the perfect choice: a top-tier professional piano player who loves to teach! People of all ages will find Dan patient and eager to help you reach your goals. You’ll learn to work with all chords and scales as well as improvising using your own ideas. In fact, improvising is a priority for Dan. He will demonstrate how the same song can be played in infinitely different ways. When Dan plays the song of the month for you to hear in its most effective rendering, you can close your eyes and imagine you are listening to an Oscar Peterson or Dick Hyman or a side man to Miles Davis. And,with Dan ,you not only get a great piano teacher. You’ll also have made a congenial and always helpful friend
John Ragusa
Pianist and Piano Tuner, Tampa, Florida



Studying with Dan has given me the opportunity to play the piano in a way that is stress free, enjoyable and rewarding. He teaches in a way that is clear and easy to understand. I would recommend his method to anyone!
Ellen Epstein
Massage Therapist



I am Jim Coles, a second year student of Dan Delaney. I am a semi-retired industrialist in my early 70’s, and have been studying piano as a hobby since age 9. Dan is probably my eighth instructor thru that run.

In searching for an instructor, I was after three things: someone who could teach jazz and the required music theory and harmony, someone infinitely more skilled than myself, and someone with an organized, disciplined, measurable, instruction approach. Dan fit the bill.

I relocate a lot during the year, but always have access to a piano. I target to practice two hours per day. Besides a piano, I use two tools: an iPad with Bluetooth speaker, and a cell phone with a recorder app. That’s it. Dan has developed over his career a library of approximately three thousand instructional segments, consisting of a ten minute audio/visual recording, and a written instruction sheet. The cycle goes like this: I receive five or so of these lesson segments, plus a fifteen minute audio/visual presentation from him on my performance evaluation. I then spend the next two weeks reviewing these five segments, plus his personal video to me. At the completion of the period, I email him, via my cell phone recorder app, my performance recordings of each segment. The cycle then repeats.

The advantages of this system are huge. I can study with him remote control, without having to have physical visitation. I can daily review what I need to do, versus relying on memory or recordings of a physical lesson. And, the approach is organized, with each segment being a prerequisite to the next segment. Each lesson builds on the next, much like a course in mathematics. And, the biggest feature is the incredible, measurable, progress.

Dan has invested many years in developing a unique, sophisticated, efficient system to piano instruction; a special find for me.



Jim Coles
Industrialists, Whitefish Montana & Scottsdale Arizona




Dan, I just realized that we are entering into my 24th lesson which apparently celebrates my 2 years of taking jazz-piano lessons with you (since March 23, 2015), and in these 2 short years, I have seen how I had learned so quickly and vastly - Wow!!! Once again, thank you very much for taking me to where I am today, and I know this is just the beginning of so much more to come! God bless you, your gifts, your work, your purpose, and family my friend… for you have blessed mine!

Comment from June 12 Lesson What a lesson this was!!! Every day, I realize more and more that you are the best jazz-piano teacher that God has given me... for I have seen myself getting there quicker than ever before and thoroughly. THANK YOU!!! :)


Leo Lesaca
Professional Pianist/Vocalist, Venezuela




I have been a student of Dan Delaney since May 2016. I had just moved to Arizona temporarily, and on a whim, asked my piano tuner if he knew of someone who teaches jazz piano. I had played classical piano as a teen, and I love jazz. He referred me to Dan, who contacted me and explained his on-line video teaching method. Frankly, I was a little intimidated to hear about this process, and needing to learn how to video my piano playing, then upload to a shared storage site. But, I decided to take the on-line plunge. It has been a top-notch experience, and not difficult to figure out the technical process. If I can do the technical piece, anyone can do it!

I had not played piano, except occasionally dabbling in a tune, for more that 30 years. I was concerned about it taking me a long time to make progress. Actually, I have been stunned by my progress. Dan is so very encouraging and supportive, and an excellent teacher with a passion for his students to learn well. He also, as good teachers tend to do, keeps me on the edge of learning opportunities; “on the edge of the cliff”, he called it. I am very motivated to learn, and have had the time to devote to playing, Dan does a great job tailoring the lessons to the individual. There have been times, such as a recent move, when I have had to miss some lessons, and decrease what I completed; Dan is always very accommodating, and encouraging.

I am amazed that I have gone from re-learning keys, and getting fingers moving on a piano again, to the level that I am playing today. I also play tenor saxophone (jazz), and have always struggled with improv (foreign concepts to my classically-trained brain). Dan does a phenomenal job with his techniques, to provide a structure to learning improv, progressing from very simple methods, to gradually more complex lessons. It has been such a delight to have the veil lifted off of how to begin with improv. I wish I had been introduced to his techniques 20 years ago! I am applying them to my horn, also.

The lessons themselves are easy to understand. Dan reviews the videos I upload of my completed lesson. His return lesson includes a personal video, reviewing my lesson, giving feedback, and introducing the new material. He also attaches videos and written material for the new techniques he is introducing – from 5 to 7 typically. The videos are great to go back to, as needed – which I often do. I take notes, and notate the time on the video for specific portions I may want to return to review. The tunes he provide are fun for application, including some of his own compositions, and recently from the movie “Lala Land”.

I would highly recommend Dan as a teacher. I was initially skeptical about how I could learn without a teacher physically sitting by me. I have found the effectiveness of Dan’s on-line methods to be a superior model for learning. The proof is in my playing, which is bringing me much joy.

Catherine Wheeler
Physician, Utah



I'm a 68 year old retired physician. I took ten years of piano lessons in my youth, culminating in a year of introduction to jazz piano. Then, while raising a family and practicing medicine, I almost never played. Upon retirement I decided that there was only one item in my bucket list - to learn to play piano spontaneously, with precision and beauty. I didn't want to be bound to sheet music. Give me a melody or a lead sheet with a melody and chords and I would do the rest, create beautiful music that was all my own.
I found a teacher on the web who sold DVDs with lessons. They were good, but there was no pressure to master the material. I just dabbled with these DVDs and didn't really make any progress. Then I took a few SKYPE lessons from another teacher. The technology is amazing, but SKYPE lessons share the same drawbacks of in person pedagogy - the student forgets a portion of the lesson.
Then I found Dan Delaney. I've just completed my 21 st. lesson. Dan's lessons include a 15 minute in person critique of your last lesson, directed specifically to you. He then includes prerecorded sessions, each around 8 minutes long, designed to direct your practicing on a specific aspect. The beauty of this system is that you can watch this material many many times. Absolutely none of the lesson is forgotten.
I practice from 45 min to an hour and a half a day and have progressed dramatically. I'm so thankful that I found Dan, because his system and his teaching has supercharged my playing. It doesn't happen by magic - you still have to practice. But if you are looking for a truly effective way to improve your piano skills, this is it.
Charlie Higgins
Physician, Cape Elizabeth, Maine



Dan has been a Godsend to my jazz development. Traditionally a classical pianist, I have always been interested in learning jazz and fascinated in implementing the colourful chords that jazz offers. Jazz teachers are hard to come by. I first met Dan at one of his concerts in Fountain Valley California and spoke to him about how limited I felt in my jazz knowledge and what I wanted to achieve. 3 years later, I am still taking lessons from Dan online and am loving it. I can now play how I initially wanted to sound. The online lessons are fantastic, personable and great value for money. I can do this from anywhere in the world. I remember Dan telling me that once people started taking his online lessons, they didn’t want to go back to the traditional in-person lesson. Now I know what he means. Yes, you can always play back the lesson! Dan presents his lessons in a passionate and enthusiastic manner and cares about students grasping the lesson. He is very thorough and progressive. Additional help is always available in between lessons. He responds to emails in a very timely manner and can always take a phone to chat. I always look forward to the next lesson.


Ralph Sluyter
Professional Pianist, New Zealand




I have been working with Dan now for just over a year.
The advantages of his program have a lot to do with him as a person. His immersion in the music he teaches, his proficiency and energy is what makes the program special.

Assessment and lesson content
At the outset, my level of competence on the piano was low, although having played guitar and piano in various combos over the last almost 30 years.
I am self-taught and have never received any formal training or coaching. My reading was poor and my understanding of harmony very much based upon gut-feel rather than solid musical theory.

In an initial session and during the course of the first two lessons, although I didn’t realise it at the time, Dan was very quick in accurately assessing my skills. He managed to adjust his lesson content
to both challenge me with goals which were partially achievable and others which were much more longer-term and more designed to showing where his lessons will eventually lead.

Some of the initial exercises are a constant area for work and practice, as each involves development of a basic skill and not merely the completion of an exercise.
Particularly the 9-1 line development was something of a revelation for me, and it has revolutionised my thinking about improvising using scales and their application over complex chord changes.

Each lesson not only comprises of “canned” videos and notation which display or demonstrate a certain technique, but each lesson has a personalised video which includes the comments to the previous lesson,
any areas of concern, and also where things are progressing.

Lesson delivery and analysis of progress
The lessons are provided as youtube videos, and the results are delivered in the same manner. Alone recording the exercise results on videos generates a pressure to get the video into some kind of viewable form. This makes one practice more on basic skills than might typically be the case.

The first months and lessons were a constant battle for me to even reach the simplest of levels, and I was conscious of delivering too little and of insufficient quality. But Dan persisted with the program and helped to alleviate that constant feeling of under-achievement which can be a real killer demotivating influence for anyone to deal with.

His personalised lesson video is the most valuable feedback one can receive and his comments always pertain to the videos he has received and are delivered in a positive and enthusiastic way.

Summary

The skill level, time constraints or difficulties in understanding concepts or lack of time to invest in creating results videos is taken into account. Dan has a sympathetic and patient manner, but without compromise on the important issues, which makes him a great teacher.

In short, I cannot imagine a better learning method and it is a great pleasure to be able to participate in his program, I look forward to making as much progress in the coming year as I have made in the last year.



Clive Assender
Pianist, Frankfurt Germany




To find Dan was like finding gold. I have tried many teachers but no one comes near his structure and top-notch content. Do you have a vision where you want to be as a pianoplayer/musician? Dan shows you the "how" and leads you steadily towards your goals. Always encouraging and over-delivers with his knowledge. I highly recommend him if you want to learn jazzpiano and grow as a musician.
Niklas Sandstrom
Switzerland



I tried unsuccessfully to study piano, most of my adult life. Travel schedule and family demands were just too erratic. Then, at 60, I decided it was now or never. Have had several instructors, all who I liked personally, but none who really had a conscious teaching agenda. I don’t think I am getting value from a teacher who just sits and watches my errors, or who has the “what do you want to do today” attitude. The truth is, most jazz teachers would rather not be teaching.
For me, Dan is the ultimate answer. Simply the best, most methodical, supportive, enthusiastic teacher I have even met. A wonderful guy to boot. I feel like I am drawing upon Dan's 40 years in the industry and vast knowledge he has attained from Berklee College of Music to studying with some of the best in the industry. This is a highly personalized approach, supported by HD quality videos taken from Dan's extensive library of information. A must see program. Nothing like it out there! He is sensitive to my abilities and potential, and I am simply overwhelmed by the value of his experience.
You may have a short, slight technical learning curve, as you learn to prepare your digital lessons, but trust me, it will be easier than you think, and you will be an enthusiastic, vocal supporter like me. Wishing you the very best.


Tom Lewry
President Curbstone Financial Management Corporation - Manchester NH




"Working with Dan has been an absolute pleasure. As a professional pianist (classically trained) the world of jazz and improvisation seemed daunting and foreign to me. Dan's engaging and personal teaching style has opened up a whole new world of exciting and spontaneous musical possibilities. The lesson materials and videos are customized, easily digestible and engaging. As a music educator, Dan's program has proven invaluable when crafting a popular/jazz curriculum for my own studio. I'm now able to offer a non-classical option-making myself more marketable and valuable as an instructor."


Dustin Callahan
Professional Pianist/Educator - Orange County California




I am classically trained pianist, and was seeking help to learn jazz improvisation.
While attending numerous conventions, I would buy the books and try to use them in my studio, but never succeed.
Dan not only put together wonderful books, but added an extra step by supporting the learning process with video lessons, where he can monitor your progress, point out problems and customize next lesson to your needs. For example, I needed to accompany several young students on the same Christmas song on my recital, and asked Dan for new ideas. Next lesson I received very helpful videos and felt confident and free on the stage.
If you have passion and perseverance, Dan will guide you, encourage and support you on every step of your journey.




Lusine Shahinyan
Professional Pianist and Educator -Orange County California




Ever since I was young and watched “Mister Rogers”, I have always wanted to play jazz piano, but my father insisted I learn “real piano” first. In his eyes, that meant classical. Now, as a piano educator, I want my students to be able to play any style of piano they choose. Dan has created a phenomenal method to teach jazz piano technique and repertoire, if you have had no training, or are classically trained. The video lessons are well thought out, professionally presented, and provide instant results! By applying these principles in my own studio, my students are enjoying their own understanding of repertoire by classical masters, as well as seeing songs develop from melody-only lead sheets, to full-blown compositions and improvisations. Sharing in the joy of a first year elementary school brother/sister duo playing 12-bar blues duets is what music is all about, all thanks to Dan’s influence in my studio.



Celeste Hassler
Professional Pianist/Educator - Orange County California




I met Dan in January 2017 when he did a presentation at the meeting of Orange Country North Branch of MTAC. I really appreciated his passion for teaching ALL generations how to learn piano and jazz improvisation. Although my primary instrument is flute, I requested to be a part of Dan’s Inner Circle, as I needed to get beyond over analyzing a jazz chart and simply allow myself to play. I knew that learning to play jazz on piano would help me in my own performance and teaching, whether that be on piano or flute. I was not mistaken.

Dan is a very patient teacher and he adapts the lessons to your ability and goals. He explains things in both written and video format, and is available via email and phone if you have any questions.

I highly recommend Dan as a teacher.




Susan Hafner
Professional Musician/Teacher - California