Piano Unbound. Piano learning method, a course for beginners
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Piano Unbound. Piano learning method, a course for beginners

Complete piano course for beginners and intermediate pianists, for a modern approach to piano interpretation.
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Created by Mihai Stanescu
Last updated 5/2017
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  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 38 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Play beginner and intermediate level pieces within weeks and even more, you will be able to play and understand your own favorite pieces
  • Understand rhythm, melody, form, harmony, counterpoint and how all these techniques interact in your interpretation.
  • Learn about imitations, reflections, inversions, variations, canon and other composition techniques.
  • Even more than just playing, you will be able to express yourself and imprint your own personality to a piece.
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  • You need to own a piano or a keyboard and be enthusiastic about learning piano and understanding the subtleties of piano interpretation.
  • You only have to follow the short preparation video for this course and they will be ready to start. No previous experience is needed as this is a complete course for beginners and intermediate students.
  • Learn about music theory concepts ONLY by playing specifically designed short pieces that will explain notions in a organic, hands-on approach.

I am writing this course hoping to expose the newly-excited, first-time student to a musical world far, far larger than that taught in traditional courses, unbound by the rigors of analytic note-learning and theory notions memorization structured in an organic, easy to follow set of lessons.

This course uses pieces composed by Bela Bartok in Vol. I of his wonderful collection entitled "Mikrokosmos", a set of six volumes, 153 delightful pieces.

You will advance as a pianist right from the start, with all concepts explained through targeted musical sessions, developing your inner ear and artistic intelligence in parallel with mastering piano dexterity.

The end of the course will bring you a level of understanding of musical pieces of not only score-reading and analysis but how to go deeper than the score and add your own piano interpretation into the musical act.

Who is the target audience?
  • Students of all ages and and backgrounds are welcome as long as they are committed to short, but constant piano practice
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Curriculum For This Course
39 Lectures
1 Lecture 14:14

- Essential Introduction to the course.

 - A guide to Piano unbound

- Filled with all the necessary information to play the piano in 20 minutes.

Preview 14:14
Lesson Proper
37 Lectures 02:04:53
  • Learn about the five finger position and play your first piece.
Preview 05:18

  • Introduction to quarter notes and playing the next two pieces of the course to learn about the notion of inversion.
Preview 04:24

  • The third piece introduces notions of complex phrasing as a way of expression in interpretation.
Preview 02:07

  • Learn about highly important lead note and the way it influences the balance of the piece with the fourth melody.
Preview 02:01

  • Learn more about phrasing and increase the tempo with this next piece.
Six Unison Melodies (5)

  • The sixth melody last melody introduces the notion of quarter rests and strengthens the notion of uneven phrasing.
Six Unison Melodies (6)

  • The next piece is named “Dotted notes” and in it we will find out how the dot extends the duration of the note it is placed next to.

Dotted Notes

  • This melody, called “Repetition” introduces a series of melodic, rhythmic and phrasing elements, along with the notion of key signature.
Repetition (1)

  • The notion of syncopation is introduced and you get to play middle C for the first time.
Syncopation (1)

  • During this lesson the right and left hands are no longer playing in unison, beginning to differentiate and gaining independence.
With Alternate Hands

  • This lesson introduces different five finger positions for left and right hand, left hand now developing its own “voice”, creating a whole new musical relation between hands.
Parallel Motion

  • The notion of reflection is introduced, with this piece you will understand reflection means from the musical point of view of guiding the voices of a melody.

  • This lesson increases the range of the notes played in a melody, by using two 5-fingers positions.
Change of position

  • You will be approached with a stylistic problem, of question and answer, another dimension of the musical language.
Preview 03:28

  • With this piece, you will strengthen, the notions of complex phrasing and different 5-finger positions.
Village Song

  • This piece will bring you to a more advanced way of interpretation of music, by combining multiple techniques at the same time, in this case, parallel motion and change of position.
Parallel Motion with Change of Position

  • Strengthen the notion of reflection and the change of position technique with this melody.

Contrary Motion (1)

  • Improve the dexterity of your fingers by playing this piece which requires interval jumps.
Four Unison Melodies (1)

  • This piece sees the introduction distance interval of three notes apart between all combinations of fingers, in both hands.
Four Unison Melodies (2)

  • Wider intervals are the main topic of lesson XX, with distances between notes of a fourths both ascending and descending.
Four Unison Melodies (3)

  • Wider intervals are the main topic of lesson XX, with distances between notes of a fourths both ascending and descending.
Four Unison Melodies (4)

  • This melody combines the ideas of imitation and counterpoint, increasing your understanding of voice construction and manipulation.
Imitation and Counterpoint

  • This lesson shows you how Imitation and inversion work together and that many techniques applied at the same time have a combined effect usually greater than the individual use of each of them.
Imitation and Inversion (1)

  • Pastorale, a piece that can be easily presented to a willing audience, introduces the dynamic of piano.

  • In this lesson you will practice another piece fit for a recital and also will learn about the strong accent, Sforzando, and the repetition sign.
Preview 04:22

  • This piece revisits the idea of repetition, in conjunction with imitation, another composition technique encountered in previous lessons.
Repetition (2)

  • Strengthen your understanding of counterpoint and syncopation composition techniques, with this melody that brings back the theme of piece no 9.
Syncopation (2)

  • This melody brings into focus the technique of canon, a more advances composition technique than reflection or inversion, which was already partially introduced in several pieces before.
Canon at the Octave

  • This piece hones your interpretation skills, again combining the use of more than one composition technique, reflection and inversion.
Imitation Reflected

  • Strengthen your understanding of the canon as a technique, with this piece that presents the canon at an interval of a lower fifth.
Canon at the Lower Fifth

  • This fast, vibrant piece, also a canon, is a valuable exercise in obtaining finger independence. Modes: briefly explain the nature of musical modes as frames of arranging the notes around the lead note, and how crucial their influence is on contemporary music.
Dance in Canon Form

Learn about ancient and folkloric modes, before playing your first complete modal piece.

Additional lesson about Modes

  • This piece will give you an insight of Dorian mode, with a practical example of the most popular way of playing Dorian mode, with D as lead note.
In Dorian Mode

  • Another piece that can easily be presented to a willing audience, this Slow Dance is a good exercise for your hearing, as you make use of multiple dynamics such as Piano, Mezzoforte and Forte, with focus on the transition between them.
Slow Dance

  • A practical example of the use of the Phrygian Mode, with E as a lead note, with an even wider use of dynamics.
In Phrygian Mode

  • Deepen your interpretation skills with this slow piece that makes use of multiple phrasing and composition techniques.

  • You revisit the notion of canon, with this piece that involves complex rhythm and phrasing elements.
Free Canon
What to expect in Vol.II of Piano Unbound
1 Lecture 01:15
What to expect in Vol.II of Piano Unbound
About the Instructor
Mihai Stanescu
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Pianist, Composer, Teacher

Mihai Stanescu started his piano career at the tender age age of 4 in Bucharest. From 1989 to 2001 he studied at the National Music High-school “Dinu Lipatti” where he graduated the piano class with highest grade. The next 5 years were dedicated to further develop his musical studies at the National University of Music in Bucharest, studying composition as well as continuing his piano studies. He has held numerous concerts in Bucharest, Bacau, Brasov and other cities in Romania, as well as in France, Germany  Moldova, Malaysia and Indonesia.

As a piano teacher he has been teaching  piano classes for eight years, to students age 3-62,  with or without previous musical training, as well as teaching music in international schools in Malaysia and Indonesia for over four years, teaching Early years, Primary and Secondary Music class.

With over 25 years of piano studies, his style of performing shows remarkable adaptability, touching genres from baroque to modern, jazz and contemporary music.