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I help adults learn to play piano for fun

Hi, I'm Scott Houston, and if you're hoping to become a revered concert pianist with a classical repertoire, then I'm not the teacher for you. Instead, if you've always dreamt about playing your favorite music for the sake of fun, whether it's jazz, gospel, pop, rock, or anything in between, then you've come to the right place. Over the last 20+ years, I've taught around 50,000 adults like you how to play piano and enjoy doing it—first through my in-person workshops, then through my PBS program, and now through the convenient Piano in a Flash Online Method.
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I do one thing to eliminate 95% of the complexity in piano learning

The way piano is usually taught involves practicing endless scales and etudes, memorizing complicated notation, and focusing on classical music—not to mention the challenge of finding a teacher near you. It's no wonder most folks who take traditional piano lessons either lose interest or become a good sight reader rather than a good player. It's a shame because there's actually an alternative chord-based method that makes piano one of the easiest and most freeing instruments to learn to play!

With this method, new and more experienced players alike use lead sheets (simplified sheet music with letters) to learn the chords and melody of familiar tunes by actually playing them. I didn't invent this method. Heck, I'm not even one of the first people to teach it! But I am the most passionate about using it to help people play recreationally at any age. Throughout my chord-based courses, I focus on popular modern music and break down songs into small exercises, allowing students to quickly build their musical ear and fine motor skills without any notation knowledge. I believe that it's never too late to learn or loosen up your playing, which is why Piano in a Flash can be taken at any experience level, at any speed, all in a flexible online setting built just for adult learners.

Stop letting traditional notation get in the way of your dream to make music

Forget everything you know about the boredom and pain of typical piano lessons, and instead, imagine finding a teacher who uses tunes you know and like to help you learn chords and play harmonies in a variety of styles. Imagine creating a sanctuary for fun learning and relaxation right at home. Envision pouring yourself a glass of wine or a cup of tea, sitting down at your piano, and simply playing for your own enjoyment without being tied to sheet music. Picture spending time with your friends and family, and being able to play party tunes or worship music without being nervous or embarrassed. I created the Piano in a Flash Online Method to help adults get there—whether you have absolutely no musical experience, took lessons as a kid but haven't revisited the piano in years, or simply wish to improve your skills and loosen up your playing. Our courses include straightforward, fun video lessons that use popular music and incredible songbooks with easy-to-understand lead sheets, so you can learn your favorite songs and play them like you.

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No complicated sheet music. No frills. Our online lessons make music click.

Piano in a Flash is designed to save you time and money at every juncture while giving you the confidence and tools to play what you want. We know that "online learning" can be intimidating, that's why we built our student platform from scratch to give you the most supportive and straightforward experience possible, the hardest thing you'll have to do is remember your password! Every lesson is reinforced with incredible hard copy materials sent right to your door, plus you'll have access to myself and awesome customer support for all piano and tech-related questions. When you learn to play with Piano in a Flash, you'll never be lost. Click the button below to learn more about our courses and enroll today!

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