Piano Skills for Singers Level 1 - The Basics

Basic piano skills everyone should have!

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Have you been wanting to learn piano, but you don't know where to start?

Piano Skills for Singers is the only online piano course for singers created by a singer. Learn piano skills that will have a direct impact on your ability to support your singing and teaching.

This course provides clear and concise piano instruction to build piano skills that are useful for singers, singing teachers, general music teachers, choral conductors, songwriters, or anyone who wants to have more facility on the piano.

I know it seems daunting to start working on a new instrument, or worse – on an instrument that you’ve tried to learn and given up. I’m telling you that could all turn around today.

For only $99, you can build the skills you need to be more effective at the keyboard and to have more useable skills for your private studio! This is less than the cost of ONE private lesson and you can take it over and over again.

This course offers:

  1. 12 video lessons, which have a clear view of the keyboard
  2. A 40-page course book, which includes all of the exercises.
  3. Access the content as often as you want 24/7
  4. A clear and direct approach to learning
  5. Lots of bonus material
  6. A method to begin the art of “faking”
  7. Learn from the comfort of your own studio
  8. Work at your own pace

Give yourself the gift of a skill you’ve been wanting to get together for a long time, in just 15 minutes a day. It’s possible!


You're really likable and relatable. You're talking to me, not down to me. The course is organized in very short sections, so I won't be afraid to tackle one small piece at a time. Your lighting is good, your sound is good, and the way you show what you're doing on the keyboard is really good. - M.C.

Brenda is an inspiration She loves and breathes her passion for piano and her course is clear, concise and it works ! I can’t wait to get to the piano every day now! Thanks Brenda!! - K.W.

They are absolutely fabulous courses Brenda.....it is so great that I can watch and re-watch the videos over and over. I have learnt so much and my skill level is increasing in leaps and bounds. I am now able to play with confidence when I am teaching, yay👏👏👏 thank you so much 🙏🙏🎹🎹 - RS

Your Instructor

Brenda Earle Stokes!!
Brenda Earle Stokes!!

I am a pianist and vocalist skilled in the fields of classical, jazz, pop, rock, r&b and musical theater. Not only have I trained, I have performed at the professional level in each of these styles, and each holds a special place in my heart!

As a performer, I have worked as both pianist and vocalist as a leader and sideperson across the US and Internationally. I have performed at the Kennedy Center, Avery Fischer Hall, The Toronto Jazz Festival, The Christchurch Arts Festival in New Zealand and at Carnegie Hall, with artists such as trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, stage legend Maurice Hines, the Desoff Symphonic Chorus and many others. I even opened for Duran Duran once! As a conductor, I spent 8 years directing the New York Summer Music Festival’s Jazz Choir and was the Artistic Director of the Rutger’s University Queen’s Chorale. I was an Episcopal Music Director and organist for several years as well! In any given week, you might find me singing with a classical choir, playing piano in a jazz club, playing keyboard and singing backup in a top 40 band or accompanying a Broadway singer. I love the challenge of wearing many hats and getting to express myself in different musical ways!

Because of my diverse musical skills and interests, I attract students with a wide range of interests and goals, from professional and pre-professional to children and teens to adults wanting to learn for fun and personal development. My students have sung on Broadway, in national commercials, have recorded solo albums and have been accepted to performing arts high schools and top conservatories in the US and Canada. I am skilled at creating a course of study that serves each of my students unique needs and interests.

I have served on the faculties of City College, the New York Summer Music Festival, the Grammy-winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus and the Diller-Quaile School of Music. I currently serve on the faculty at Fordham University, where I teach piano, voice and direct a jazz ensemble.

I have been active in music outreach and am proud to have served at NYC inner city schools through the Midori and Friends Foundation and the New York Pops Educational outreach. I am entering my 9th year in a music residency at the Ronald McDonald House, where I make music with seriously ill children and their wonderful families!

Course Curriculum

  Welcome to the course! Here's what we are going to cover.
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  Lesson 2: Diatonic Patterns in the Key of C
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  Lesson 4: You can play a song!
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  Lesson 8: 5 note major scales up and down by 1/2 steps
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  Lesson 12: How to read from the fake book
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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
It starts immediately and it never ends!  You get lifetime 24/7 access to the course and you can take the lessons as many times as you like.  Some students even practice along with the video lessons! Each course contains video lessons with closeups of the keyboard and meticulously notated print materials that you can download and print or read from your computer or tablet.
What results can I expect?
The methods in these courses have evolved over 20+ years of private teaching and they have been “tested” on hundreds of students of differing experience levels.  The courses are designed to be easy-to-use and get you playing the piano quickly and comfortably.  You can expect the best results if you commit to daily practice and take your time going through the material.  Keep a positive attitude and watch the videos as many times as you need to!.
How is this course different from conventional piano training?
Conventional piano training is meant to train pianists to play challenging piano music, which takes a lot of years.  This course is all about giving singers, voice teachers and choral conductors the skills they need to be successful in their work.  I have distilled the necessary skills into an easy-to-use, straight-to-the-point curriculum that will have you playing the piano in a hurry!
Do you have to be a singer to take this course?
Absolutely not!  These courses are perfect for anyone who wants to learn how to play the piano quickly and effectively.  Many of the course participants are singers, songwriters, voice teachers and choral conductors, but the courses also serve general music teachers, music therapists, instrumentalists and music enthusiasts.  The skills taught in this course can serve anyone who is interested in learning them!
Do I have to be able to read music?
For Level 1 you don’t have to at all, but for the other courses it is helpful to know how to read notes on a very basic level.  All of the courses have print materials included, but the videos show a close up of the piano so you’ll have no problem learning from watching the keyboard.
What if I need help?
Each course gets you an invitation to a private Facebook group, where you can ask questions, get exclusive content and interact with other course participants.  You can also reach out to me personally (pianoskillsforsingers at gmail dot com) if you need specific help.

So many singers, voice teachers, songwriters and others have come to me feeling like they were never going to have workable skills on the piano. It has been so much fun to prove them wrong and watch them finally gain the facility they need to support their work. It's been a big dream of mine to take this carefully curated material outside my private studio to a wider audience. I'm excited to share this material with you!

Thanks for coming on this journey with me!

Brenda Earle Stokes

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