Adult Ed offers three-hour piano course
Belfast — Former piano teachers might not approve, but thousands have learned the secret of how to play piano without reading music. Anyone who wonders how it is done is advised to mark Tuesday, Oct. 22, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on the calendar. Belfast Adult and Community Education will bring in Chris Poulin to teach the nationally renowned How To Play Piano in Three Hours workshop.
Poulin's approach reveals how the pros play. He has extensive experience as a professional pianist and music instructor; having taught piano privately for many years, Poulin will share piano players' tricks of the trade. For more than 22 years, this workshop has brought seldom taught and highly sought after information to more than 100,000 nationwide.
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," said Poulin.
Poulin's class materials are accessible and practical, and allow people 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 will learn to use sheet music in an entirely new way that is extremely simple, and they will discover many of the magical shortcuts that the pros use to enhance their playing.
Poulin promises that after this workshop, each student will know how to play any pop tune with both hands using this system. Anyone interested in taking the workshop is welcome to send for a free pamphlet titled "How To Read Music Notation In Just 30 Minutes!" Send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Innovative Keyboard Instruction, 2841 S. Southwind Drive, Gilbert, AZ 85295.
For more information, the cost of the class or to register, call Belfast Adult and Community Education at 338-3197.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or firstname.lastname@example.org.