Hello Matthew!  I really do enjoy them as they supplement the actual video course I purchased. I just want to confirm I have registered for your Piano by Ear course and have loaded down and am working through the lessons. The key is to practice the lessons in between and sometimes I miss a week or so before going on.  I find the video ;lessons excellent and believe you have a very clear way of getting the info across. Not sorry I spent my money and supported you.

Ian, Australia

Hi Matthew,
I meant to tell you before now, I did get your course and I am loving it! I have learned a lot already and have been practicing my scales, chord, and inversions every day. I am pretty excited about this because I feel like I am starting to learn the WHOLE keyboard like never before, and I think learning my inversions will really propel my playing. I am in no hurry however, because I don't expect it to come overnight, but that's ok. At least now I know what and how I need to practice to get better. Besides I am enjoying the journey. Your instruction videos are very easy to follow, and I like that I can go back over them as many times as necessary, something I couldn't afford the luxury of, if I had a piano teacher sitting beside me. Great course! Glad I got it!


Mine is the usual story: traditional piano lessons as a child, a general interest in all sorts of music throughout my life. When I retired I decided to go back to the piano. I live in the south of Ireland and there is a university level music academy here and I found a nice teacher. It wasn't long, however, before I realized  the lessons were continuing where I left off as a kid. The approach was designed to make you into a concert pianist or a music teacher. That's fine because we need concert pianists, but I just wanted to play from memory all the tunes in my head.  My teacher was patient and nice as she listened to me stumble through my little Chopin pieces but my progress was very slow and frustrating. I couldn't really take notes, could not review anything. When the lesson was over it was over. I gave it up.

I stumbled along on my own for a while: a book here, a YouTube video there. I had a good ear and after a while I could play a little and have fun but finally got to a place where I was just repeating myself and had no idea how to go farther. What I wanted was a base to build on. I realized I learned best watching somebody show me things. There are many fine players on YouTube and it took me a while to find the approach I felt would be for me. Then I saw a video of "Amazing Grace" on ThePianoByEar where the tune started very basic and then was played in a more and more advanced way. I knew that was for me. I would be happy if I could play like that.

Since I didn't know where I would fit in I bought all the DVDs. That was much cheaper than the piano lessons anyway. It turned out I could comfortably start with the second disk. My only regret is that I didn't find that sort of course as a child, because I really enjoy playing and might have saved myself many years of stumbling around.











Hello Matthew,
I just thought I'd let you know that I'm enjoying the DVDs, and the lessons via the newsletter, as well. I was able to progress to the lesson on adding a chord to the melody in the right hand fairly quickly, but can see that I'm going to be here a while. I feel very challenged here. When I first ordered your CDs, I was more interested in learning how to  "accompany" people who wanted to sing, rather than learning how to actually incorporate a melody line into the chord. However, the more I do this, the more interesting it has become to me, and I find myself really enjoying it. 
The only questions I have, would be about learning to play accompaniment. I'm needing help in the rhythm, with the left hand as well as the right. The more I get into the lessons, though, the more I can see that what I'm doing right now, will help me learn all that, down the road.
I'm very happy with the products I've purchased from you. I've looked for a long time, for online lessons from someone who actually plays the kind of music that I want to learn to play.
United States



I'm a 74 year old "senior" who took piano lessons for two or three very brief periods of time during my childhood and teen years; but the materials used and the approach to learning, did not appeal to me - did not excite me - did not give me early "successes" and satisfactions - only a continual sense of "I'll never learn this stuff."

As the years have gone by, I have occasionally sat at the piano my wife and I bought more than 40 years ago and played from some of the sheet music, pop song and hymn books written for piano players.  However, when I played, my wife would often say, "Would you just stop the noise!"  Sort of hurt my feelings, but I sympathized with her because my playing really was so awful.

A year or so ago I decided that I really would like to learn to play the piano with a much improved level of knowledge and skill, but I did not want to repeat the approach of long ago.  I decided to make a commitment to learning to play by ear.   I made an effort to find local piano teachers and materials that could help me start out on my goal of learning to play by ear, but without satisfying results. So I turned to the internet and was amazed at all the information and resources that were available.

I settled on your web site, and ordered the first few items available for beginners.  I was emotionally touched with joy when I found that the materials and instruction were so clearly presented that with even only a little practice and study I could begin the process of learning to play by ear.  In just a few weeks, if not a few days, I was experiencing the early satisfactions that I had wanted and needed in my youth.

My piano practice time is extremely limited because I'm still quite active with obligations to my business, my church ministry, and my family. However, I have found that by following your instructions, DVD's etc. my skills are developing.  I know my piano playing must have significantly improved because for the past year, I have never heard my wife say:  "Would you please just stop the noise."   And I have even played a hymn or two, a time or two, for my little church congregation!

From the bottom of my heart, Thank you Matthew for bringing a long time cherished desire and joy to me.  There is a long, long way to go to reach the skill level I'd really like to have. Time and circumstances may prevent me from ever getting "there."  However, the trip itself is one of the most satisfying ones of my life.  Keep up the good work; keep the DVD's and other materials coming.

Overland Park, KS







This is Caroline, I can't begin to thank you enough for the piano course. I am stopping at the moment at lesson 5, to allow my brain and finger tips to absorb it all in. I love the way you teach. This course is so much fun. I look forward to practicing everyday.  I also think you are very kindhearted and too generous to give me that extra DVD!!! God bless you. I like how you open your student forum for all to see, because i enjoyed reading peoples discussions about the courses.  I also love how you start off with a simple melody and you build it up with chords and variations to show us how you can really dress up a plain melody. LOVE IT! I watched the Xmas DVD and can't wait to get started on that!  I learned about a 7th chord yesterday, I had no idea what it was used for, so when i learnt that it was used to move onto a higher chord I was soooooo pleased, felt like a kid who found a candy at the bottom of my pocket..haha. All these little details make learning piano so much fun, because I know how to use them. Well, if ever I know someone who wants to learn, I will highly recommend to them your courses. Take care and god bless your family!

Mrs. Kido, Japan


Matthew,  a few weeks ago I received my copy of Chords Galore. I purchased it during the promotional period because of the introductory price, but I knew I wouldn't watch it right away. I was sure the DVD was full of good information, but I thought to myself, "What could be more boring than an entire DVD full of lessons on chords?"


Well, today I finally popped it into my computer to see what it was like and I can honestly say I can't quit watching it. The instruction is not boring at all but concise. And the 'real world' examples keep me rushing to the keyboard to try them out. This DVD is another home run! Way to go.

Steve, Missouri


This is Clark... I ordered your DVD Advanced III the southern gospel stuff. This is great ! Thank you so much for making this. I've taken lessons off of many top Southern gospel pianist like Tracey Phillips etc.. I play at singing conventions and attend gospel music schools, but this helps break it down where I can slow it down and learn. I'm already starting to apply some of these things to other songs I play. Great Job ! I can't wait to practice this more and to continue with the rest of the DVD. I'm glad I ran across this resource ! Let me know if you ever continue with the southern gospel series. You're great..
Clark, West Virginia (USA)



I really appreciate the great service you provide. Since it is a DVD it can sometimes bring up a lot of questions and it's really helpful knowing you respond to my emails so fast and answer my questions. That was the one thing I was nervous about when ordering online. I knew I would have a lot of questions and it's so nice knowing you will answer them. A lot of services online do not have great support like you do and I really appreciate it. And I am hoping to buy your next DVD soon, because it has been a dream of mine to play by ear. Thanks again. -
Luke, New York









Hi Matthew.  As a piano teacher who has a great interest in learning more about playing by ear as opposed to the traditional methods, I am very impressed with your course. You make the approach to the keyboard so easy to understand and your inventive methods are clear, concise, and easy to follow. Also, your personality comes across as a very sincere person that makes you feel an infinity to you even though we've only met via your DVD's.  Thanks for giving budding pianists an effective method that will propel them into the wonderful world of playing by ear.
Jim, Arizona


What a deal! Matthew is a great piano teacher and we have found these dvds to be so beneficial! we loved them so much for our daughter, that we bought the advanced set as a gift for our Pastor's wife who wanted them. Athough she has played beautifully for many years, she says that she has learned so much and isn't even finished with the lessons, yet!
Stacy, USA

Hi Matt!  I wanted to say thanks so much for the wonderful music lessons you have been sending me.  I have already purchased all of your DVDs and I am so excited.  I am 70 years old, recently retired, and have always wanted to play piano.  I took traditional lessons about 10 years ago, and frankly, I was a bit overwhelmed until I eventually stopped playing.  Thanks to your lessons I am already making much more progress than I ever dreamed.  Never did I think I could play piano by ear.  Thanks again for your encouragement and may God bless you and your sincere efforts to help others play piano.




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My son (Seth) and I have really enjoyed Matthew Stephens Piano by Ear Programs.  I did not know him and came across his product doing a google search and have appreciated his spirit.  What I like most about Matthew from working with his products and talking to him on the phone is that his goal is more than just selling a product.  From talking with him, he can discern what level you are at and will work with you from that point.  For example,  my son and I were both weak with rhythm and running patterns with our left hand.  We have a piano computer program that can input piano recordings in midi format and isolate the left hand to work on practice skills.  Matthew has went above and beyond and recorded midi files of some of his songs he uses in his videos and recorded them in midi format to help us.  They have helped tremendously. That tells me that he cares and values to see his students succeed as much as making a living.  I have looked at some of the other online video piano lessons and called them to discuss their products and have not had one call back from the teacher of those videos.  Matthew has been there when I called. That's the difference.  I recommend you learn from someone who cares.
Dan, Alabama

Thank you for the Piano by ear program, Before I could barely even sound a chord on the piano without hitting a wrong key, but thanks to Piano by ear, I am now chording and sounding out songs that are not even on the program. Thank you!

Timothy, USA

Id also like to let you know that i appreciate the help you are giving to me throught the email, especially since you have a DVD out. Please for more example in songs, I loved it when i got the amazing grace and the whole seventh chord, I went ahead and tried the rest of the song and it was FUN, and i love the personal touch with my name at the start. It makes me feel like i am communicating with someone (friend).  Many thanks, Teacher!

Danielle, Jamaica

Hi Matthew.  As a piano teacher who has a great interest in learning more about playing by ear as opposed to the traditional methods, I am very impressed with your course. You make the approach to the keyboard so easy to understand and your inventive methods are clear, concise, and easy to follow. Also, your personality comes across as a very sincere person that makes you feel an infinity to you even though we've only met via your DVD's.  Thanks for giving budding pianists an effective method that will propel them into the wonderful world of playing by ear.

Jim, Arizona

Dear Matthew,  Your Volume I DVD Video for beginners has brought me MUCH success!!!  Personally, being a Pastor's wife, there was a great need for me to learn as quickly as possible.  But,  I never thought I could ever learn to play by ear.  It is amazing!!!  I am learning to play by ear with your DVD Video!!!  Also, I love the fact that I can call you at any time.  You have always answered my call and taken time to help over the phone!!!  Thank you so much!  I am looking forward to ordering Volume II soon!   God bless you!

Tonya, USA

What a deal! Matthew is a great piano teacher and we have found these dvds to be so beneficial! we loved them so much for our daughter, that we bought the advanced set as a gift for our Pastor's wife who wanted them. Athough she has played beautifully for many years, she says that she has learned so much and isn't even finished with the lessons, yet!

Stacy, USA

I have benefited tremendously from your weekly newsletters. You have opened my eyes to a whole new world in music. Thanks a lot. I will be purchasing one fo your courses soon

John, Jamaica

Hi Matt!  I wanted to say thanks so much for the wonderful music lessons you have been sending me.  I have already purchased all of your DVDs and I am so excited.  I am 70 years old, recently retired, and have always wanted to play piano.  I took traditional lessons about 10 years ago, and frankly, I was a bit overwhelmed until I eventually stopped playing.  Thanks to your lessons I am already making much more progress than I ever dreamed.  Never did I think I could play piano by ear.  Thanks again for your encouragement and may God bless you and your sincere efforts to help others play piano.


I started using the weekly email to learn to play by ear, just to get the feel for if I think I could learn or not. My plan is to get the dvd next. So far it is more difficult to learn since you can't actually see how you should be doing it, but you break it down in a way that makes it easy to understand. The weekly email is a perfect jumpstart for me and I can't wait to get the dvd! Thanks so much and may God bless you!

Amanda, USA


I just want to let you know how happy I am to have purchased your instructional DVDs. I have known how to play the piano by ear for about 3 years, but I only knew how to play in the key of C and a little in the key of Eb. I didn't want to tackle the task of learning to play in other keys because it seemed so daunting, but with your inversion exercises I have become much more comfortable playing in other keys and I am only on Volume 1! I can't wait to see what more I learn from the other lessons.

Steve, Missouri

Enjoyed piano by sheet music since early childhood. Your teachings are giving me what I have been wanting for years..the freedom of raising my piano horizons. No one I have ever asked has been able to answer me or shared their knowledge with me like your teachings. Thank you for this. With continued practice, I will be able to complement my accompanist position in our local church, benefiting us all. (I do that now).

Jackie, North Carolina

I am thoroughly enjoying your course and learning more than I thought I would so early in the game. Although I have the ability to "play-by-ear" and can read basic melody notes on the treble-staff, I'm strictly self-taught but had reached a plateau with my playing. Your instructions are clear and easy to follow. I especially like the song references in the... "I, ii, iii, IV, V, etc. format. That allows me to easily learn songs in more than one key. I'm now trying out some of your techniques with other songs I  would like to learn to play. So far, so good. Thanks for adding some new energy to my playing abilities.

Jim, Georgia

I am now playing in church.  The DVDs have helped me to learn new positions and use chords that I had never heard of.  These extra chords make the melody easier to understand what you are playing.  This program is amazing.

Joy, Tennessee

Hi!  I just received the Piano By Ear DVDs a week ago and I must confess....I was hesitant at first about ordering them.  I haven't finished them, but from what I've seen, I can say that I'm simply amazed.  Years ago, I started picking out little pieces.  I then started lessons, but my piano teacher started me out at a 3rd year level.  Unfortunately, I never received the basics of piano technique.  After going through only a few lessons, I'm really catching on.  My songs have a "fuller" sound and I'm LOVING it!  Thanks Mr. Stephens!

Cindy, Georgia

I have been playing the piano for over 35 years, and always felt like I constantly gravitated toward playing my music the same way with the same chord structure. Through your courses they have helped me break out those ruts musically. High recommendation for any new, or seasoned piano/keyboard player.

Thanks a bunch

Joe, California

I am so glad I found "piano by ear' website.  I purchased the DVD for my 6 year old daughter who is now 7.  I was skeptical at first, thinking that a 6 year-old is too young to learn the piano, especially with this method, but I'm so glad I was wrong.  Matthew is a genious.  His talent combined with patience and dedication produced this awesome website and DVDs.  My daughter has finished the first DVD and can play pretty much any simple songs I ask her to play in the key of C, F, and G without reading anything.  I am so proud of her and really thankful that Matthew is sharing his talent with the world.  If you are skeptical about buying Matt's DVDs, don't be.  It really works!  Thank you Matthew... may God continues to bless you and your ministry.

Lolita, USA

Hiya Matt, its me Daz! Yeah ill give you a few minutes to get over the shock lol. I got your Piano By Ear ADVANCED DVD today (22nd jan) and it is class. I watched it all the way through and thought it was brilliant. I have to say I was surprised!  You know what im like, since I've played piano lessons for years and even give piano lessons, Im on the internet for hours and hours looking at piano/keyboard websites to learn more.  Anyway a lot of sites claim that their lessons are advanced, and to be honest could be learnt by a 7 year old girl in a couple of days!  Was that to harsh? oh well lol.   Ok im kind of drifting off the point here. Your DVD was excellent mate. I just love that style.   Personally I call it honky tonk, i didnt know that it was southern gospel.   As you know, i play in many different styles but that is one I never really tried out, well untill now.  I recommend everyone who reads this to get it as you will love the runs and fills on this DVD, besides who doesnt like to show off!   Oh I was also impressed with your speed. Your pretty fast with those octave runs!   When are you going on american idol?!!!   lol,   Your crazy english friend, 

Darren, United Kingdom

Hi Matthew!  What a difference you have made! When I sat down and read lesson #4 it all clicked! Now it makes sense! I never realized there were basic patterns and what the 4 and 5 etc meant.  I actually sat down and played my sons choir music that i had already figured out with out the paper and with the melody...then I played Amazing Grace and have to admit I cried whenever I went right into the song "He walks with me".  Not perfectly mind you..and it was with just the basic pattern...but the joy I feel to actually sit down and play a song that is on my heart is inconceivable! I never thought I would be able to do it!  I am so looking forward to perfecting the basics and then moving on to learning on the fancy little tricks. Thank you so much for offering this to us! You are truly a blessing!  I have always wanted to play like my mother in the picture and now with your help I may eventually do so.

Misty, USA

I'm so sorry to bother you with this silly stuff but the beginner DVD I already have down fairly well. However, the left hand stuff on Volume 2 is priceless! I'd love it if you put out a DVD on nothing but "filling in the gaps with left hand tricks" (I jest...sort of). Honestly, I wish I'd found you first in my piano journey because the DVD's are that good and would have saved me much time.

Robert, USA

After years of trying to play by ear and spending lots of money on instructional materials and teachers without very much success, I am finally making progress. I can also apply what I have learned from Piano By Ear to playing the Mountain Dulcimer by ear. This lets me know that I am actually learning instead of just memorizing songs like I did with other instructional materials. I think of all the time, money, and effort that was wasted over the years with all the other instructional materials that I tried.
Pam, USA

Hi Matthew.  My daughters and I watched much of lesson one this morning.  I kept pausing it so we could go over what you were saying and I was amazed at how quickly both Samantha [almost 6] and Elizabeth [almost 4] picked it all up.  They now know how to identify the keys on the piano, and enjoy telling me how to sharp and flat a note.  Then right at the end of our 'lesson' we started the C major scale.  We are at the first 'pause and practice' and if it wasn't time to have breakfast and get ready for school etc. they would have kept going.  I'm so thrilled that they're keen to learn again and are having fun.  And it's lovely to be sharing it with them.  Samantha is keen to overtake me [I've been a beginner-intermediate for a while so she has a fair way to go] and is really motivated to move forward.  But I'm most amazed at Elizabeth, who is having FUN, and in fact she picked up sharps and flats, how to identify C, and the scale quickest!!!
  I can't wait till tomorrow morning when we reinforce what we did today and keep moving through lesson 1...

Michelle, Australia

Hi  Matt,  I can't tell you how much you have helped me.  I've got all this new knowledge up in my head and the music sounds so great up there.  My problem is getting my hands and fingers to follow the new knowledge.  I knew how to play G,C and D on the piano but that was about all I Knew.  Now that I have had the blessing of working with you, I know a whole lot more.  I guess the biggest and most exciting thing I have learned from you is chord inversions.  It makes moving around the keyboard so much easier.  As you know I sang in a southern gospel quartet for 27 years and as I watched other piano players play in church and in the studio,  I watched them with amazement wondering how they could make the piano sound so wonderful.  Now I know.  It was not just because they were so talented.  They also needed a foundation of piano knowledge to go along with their God given talent.  I can honestly say I would recommend you to anyone who wants to play the piano by ear.  Well, you said you wanted me to keep you posted on my progress and look how long I have talked.  I would like to add on more thing though.  I am so happy and appreciative that I found a Christian teacher who could relate to the kind of music I want to play.  That means more to me than anything.   Have a happy blessed thanksgiving.   Your Brother in Christ,  Ron
Ron, Missouri
My husband and I, along with our two sons, have been involved in singing and playing music in church for many years. My piano playing never sounded full, and I could never find anyone who understood what I was talking about until I purchased Piano by Ear. Piano by Ear is what I have been looking for all this time! I love it!
Margaret, Virginia
Hi Matthew,
Just letting you know I have found your Piano By Ear DVD's really helpful and love the way you teach new techniques. I had been 'fiddling' around on an old piano we had for a few years but not really making any progress. Then at church our regular pianist travelled overseas and soon after my husband, who played the guitar, cut the tip off his finger and was unable to play for a while so we were left with no musicians! I tried to 'make a joyful noise unto the Lord' and was desperately looking around for something to help me play better (quickly!) and came across your website. It was an answer to prayer -no joke! Its hard to say which aspect has been the most helpful, I love playing some of the runs you show and 'walking up the keys', practicing inversions has been the least 'fun' to do but it has helped tremendously in being able to make the songs sound more 'full' rather than single finger playing with the right hand :-)The overhead video shots of you playing are really good too. More of those please! :-) I've still got a way to go before I am playing how I'd really like to be able to and am looking forward to your next DVD, once its available. Thanks for a great product! (Oh, did I mention that I think its really good value for money?) God bless you!
Vicky, New Zealand
This piano instruction program is the best by far of all the products that I have used. It will have you playing by ear in no time. And the cost/benefit ratio is highly favorable, i.e., you get a lot more for your money compared to the other commercial products out there. I highly recommend this product!
Fernando, D.C.

Hey Matthew,  I love your 'Piano By Ear' coarse. It is helping me to reach a higher place in my piano playing I thought I could never reach. In church I usually play the organ and sometimes the piano. However, the main piano player in my church has been gone alot this past month. I took her place on the piano for those services. It thrilled me so much to have people tell me that they could hear a difference in my playing. What was even more exciting is that they liked what they heard. I would encourage this coarse to all beginners and advanced piano players. If you want to get that sound you have been longing for, order this coarse now. You will not be disappointed.
Cheryl, Ohio

I emailed you concerning one of your useful free newsletters, and received a personal reply very quickly. You then took the time to actually listen to a midi I sent you of my playing and emailed another 'personal' reply showing different chords I could use to improve it!. Amazingly impressive if I may say so.
Carole, United Kingdom

As a busy homeschooling mother of 10 children, I constantly felt frustrated with the limited amount of time given to my children for their music. I was so excited to hear about Matthew Stephen's "Piano By Ear." We have already seen such great results with our son, Joseph, and now several of our other children are working through the course. Thank you Matthew!  Our children are enjoying the benefits of a great foundation in playing the piano by ear.
Carol Martin, Texas

Dear Matthew,  Since taking your "Playing by Ear" course it has improved my technique l00%.  Even  though I had some piano background it wasn't until I began using progressions and inversions that my playing took on new meaning.  Thank you again and again for opening my eyes and ears.  If anyone follows your method they will surely accomplish what you are teaching.
Betty H., Maryland

Thanks for your newsletters.  I've been meaning to email you back.  I am really learning alot and enjoying your DVD's that I ordered.  I'm still on Lesson 5 of Disc 1 because I'm following your advise to learn all the major chords and their inversions both right hand and left hand.  It's really helped me alot and I am now learning to play songs in different keys besides C all the time.
Christie K., Texas

I was at a standstill in my piano playing when I tried your program. After just a few lessons, I started experimenting and picking out new songs by myself! I was ecstatic! The practical lessons coupled with the email newsletters provide a quality learning experience. Thanks for sharing your God-given gift with others.
Joseph, Texas

Matthew, eight years ago I found myself having to leave my job on a medical leave, not realizing that I would never return to a job that I actually loved. For most of those years I sat at home trying to find someway to fill the void in my life. Finally I started to venture into trying to find some instructional music books and DVDs. I must of spent hundred of dollars, almost to the point I was going to giveup on the idea. But I decide to try one more time and about a year and half ago is when I came upon your website. I can honestly say that I was hooked the minute I sat down with the first DVD I purchased. The more I practiced, the harder I found trying to get away from the lessons. Then I had to have DVD#2. I can't begin to tell you the inspiration that I've received from your DVD's. I find myself really tuning in to the music and even improvising with my own touch. I strongly recommend to anyone that is seeking to learn how to play the piano by ear or increasing their musical skills on the piano to look no futher. Finally I must add that not only go I get a lesson when I sitdown at my piano, I am inspired by the music that you have chosen to use in your lessons. I'm definitely looking forward to getting your next DVD, and I thank God for your anointed talents.

Allie, Minnesota

Matthew, I just wanted to take the time today, right now to thank you from the bottom of my heart that I love, I love, I love the way you have taken the time to break down every single thing in your lessons. I can see right now because I just started your lessons. I have purchased a few other dvds from other keyboard players or piano players and I have not got the information that I am getting from your dvds.  Keep doing what you are doing.  May the Lord Jesus forever be in your work.
Thanks Always,
Cedric, Florida

Hello Matt!  I just wanted to let you know that I absolutely love your FREE Weekly Piano Lesson Newsletters!  They are filled with tons of tips that I can actually use playing the piano.  I'm learning so many new things that have changed the way I play.  I also bought Piano By Ear for Beginners Vol. 1 Instructional DVD!
Sherryl, Arizona

Add one more accomplishement to your life! As a 65 year old senior, I had always wanted to play the piano by ear but never took the time for formal lessons. In my spare time, I did purchase books of "Learn to Play" but without actual instruction, was to no avail. However, after time with Piano By Ear, taught by Matthew, I can now pick out some of my favorite melodies from the 1940's and just about any song and play them using the chords with both hands. What enjoyment it has given me! To keep ones mind alert is most important. Try Piano By Ear...it really works!"

Barb, age 65, from Missouri

 "Music is an integral part of Pentecostal Worship. The ability to play by ear is an asset that allows you to follow the movement of the worship service. Matthew has given my eldest daughter piano instruction and through his teaching she has learned to hear, play, and enjoy the piano. The foundations and principles that Matthew teaches are steps that anyone can follow. His knowledge of music and love for the Lord shines forth as he inspires you to use your talents for Christ!"

Brenda, mother and Pastor's wife, Missouri
I have appreciated the variety of styles Matthew plays and teaches. He has a way of taking the complex sounding music and breaking it down in to simple techniques and yet the music still sounds great! I took lessons from him a few years back and gained a LOT from them. He helped me understand the idea of "mixing" chords which gives some really rich sounds. When I say mixing, I mean the left hand playing one chord or octave while the right hand adds a different chord that blends the two together. This technique is used a lot in the professional stuff! I would recommend anything that Matthew has to sell in the line of piano instruction. In fact, I have gone many times to him at church and asked for changes on a particular song that I had heard on a CD and he would show them to me or sit down and write them out right there with little forethought...just done strictly by ear! In fact, I posted a question about some changes on the discussion board and he emailed the chord changes to me the next day! God has definitely blessed him with the gift of music and it has certainly inspired many young people to want to learn more.

Sherri, Missouri