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Welcome To Creative Piano Academy

Discover The Creative Approach To Piano Lessons

Feel that incredible feeling only music can give when you sit down at that piano, enter your own musical world and just play beautiful music. Want to know how? Read on…

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John Flexman
Creative Piano Academy Student

“Hi Josef, Enjoying the "Sit and Play Piano Path". A great course and easy to follow. Must have taken huge amounts of your time.

Well done and your inimitable style of encouraging and cheerful lesson presentation is very much appreciated.”

John Flexman
Creative Piano Academy Student

“Hi Josef, Enjoying the "Sit and Play Piano Path". A great course and easy to follow. Must have taken huge amounts of your time.

Well done and your inimitable style of encouraging and cheerful lesson presentation is very much appreciated.”

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Bernd Haller
Creative Piano Academy Student

 

“Creating this compilation on piano practice and making it part of a piano course is another example why I feel that I can not have a better teacher than you.

You are tackling the subject from many angles and always going the extra mile. This dedication combined with your inspirational videos are second to none.”

Bernd Haller
Creative Piano Academy Student

“Creating this compilation on piano practice and making it part of a piano course is another example why I feel that I can not have a better teacher than you.

You are tackling the subject from many angles and always going the extra mile. This dedication combined with your inspirational videos are second to none.”

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Denise Hobby
Creative Piano Academy Student

 

“Hi Josef, I just want to say thank you. You inspire me daily with your creative patterns! I am thoroughly enjoying everything about my membership!

It’s fun and I see myself moving forward after years of feeling stuck. Thanks again.”

Denise Hobby
Creative Piano Academy Student

“Hi Josef, I just want to say thank you. You inspire me daily with your creative patterns! I am thoroughly enjoying everything about my membership!

It’s fun and I see myself moving forward after years of feeling stuck. Thanks again.”

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Learn at your own pace, anytime you like and use any device

Creative Piano Academy’s membership site is fully interactive and has lots of features to help you organise and track your progress and can be accessed anytime you like.

Learn Piano, play beautiful music and discover your inner musician.

My name is Josef Sykora. I’ve been teaching piano for nearly 20 years. I’ve taught beginners through to advanced, kids through to 87 year youngs.

My mission is to keep your passion for piano alive. Being overwhelmed by thousands of unconnected lessons, wasting time learning skills that are irrelevant to you and despite months of learning... still not confident to play the music you love are all reasons your passion will disappear.

Its my job to lead you into discovering who the musician is inside you and equip you with everything you need to use the piano to play actual music that lights up the butterflies in your tummy and feel excitement and passion every time you see a piano.

Thats why I’ve developed my creative musical methods based on teaching you the piano skills you need whilst playing beautiful music you can be proud of.

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Helping You Achieve

Your Piano Dreams…

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Have fun and play music

Nailing core skills like hand independence, rhythm and timing, hitting the right notes or just sitting down, tinkering around on the keys and sounding incredible… learn piano through playing real music that sounds good.

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Keep your Brain Active

Engaging in a creative activity is a sure-fire way to keep your grey matter active. My methods combine ‘proper’ piano learning techniques with creativity so even basic exercises feel like you are creating beautiful music.

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Learn as an
Adult

How we practice as adults is VERY different than as kids. Discover neuroscience-based, adult piano practice techniques which will guarantee you learn piano effectively and fast as an adult learner so you can feel real progress every day.

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  • Visual Learning Paths

    Learn piano from the ground up, step-by-step using my structured learning paths and visual piano journey map.

  • Get Personal Feedback

    Want help from a real teacher? I am on hand to answer any question, help with any problem and give feedback.

  • Track Your Progress

    Keep on top of your journey through tickable lesson objectives and private notes.

  • Slow Motion and Looping

    The play-along software means you can slow down, loop or even change the key of any exercise or piece.

  • Sheet Music And Notation

    A Visual Learner? Download and/or print the notation for all lessons and exercises

  • Monthly ‘Inspiration’ Lessons

    A series of monthly real-time follow along lessons focused on creativity, playing music and having fun!

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Nancy Ellman
Creative Piano Academy Student

 

Thank you for putting together such a thoughtful program. I love how you focus solely on mechanics and weave theory in and out.

 

I also appreciate how the reading of music happens organically. I now start the practice sessions trying to play them from sight reading before I watch your demo. It makes for highly effective learning for me.

I have a close friend who is a classically trained pianist and she is really impressed with my progress since I started 8 weeks ago.

I let her know the way the program is tailored makes progress more achievable at a rapid pace.

So far, I have gotten through the first 7 days on piano, nailing your sustain pedal, and have made it half way through course 5 of sit and play.

This week, I slid over to blues and boogie woogie (so much fun!) And have also moved over to scales. I am finding that when I sit down each day, practicing different types of lessons is keeping me more engaged. So I do a bit of sit and play, blues, and scales.

Nancy Ellman
Creative Piano Academy Student

Thank you for putting together such a thoughtful program. I love how you focus solely on mechanics and weave theory in and out.

I also appreciate how the reading of music happens organically. I now start the practice sessions trying to play them from sight reading before I watch your demo. It makes for highly effective learning for me.

I have a close friend who is a classically trained pianist and she is really impressed with my progress since I started 8 weeks ago.

I let her know the way the program is tailored makes progress more achievable at a rapid pace.

So far, I have gotten through the first 7 days on piano, nailing your sustain pedal, and have made it half way through course 5 of sit and play.

This week, I slid over to blues and boogie woogie (so much fun!) And have also moved over to scales. I am finding that when I sit down each day, practicing different types of lessons is keeping me more engaged. So I do a bit of sit and play, blues, and scales.

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John Labone
Creative Piano Academy Student

 

This is one of the best piano sites out there hands down. I love the play along features that are now available. Excellent, excellent, excellent!

 

I’m writing to let you know I signed for your academy on Monday and I have gone through ‘Your First 7 Days On The Piano’

I’m not a beginner but I wanted to see what the first 7 days had to offer. I was vastly surprised, I love the way you teach man. I actually like the Day 4 finger exercises. These are Awesome!!!

Perfect for warming up. I’ve had some in the past but not much fun as yours and very boring.

John Labone
Creative Piano Academy Student

This is one of the best piano sites out there hands down. I love the play along features that are now available. Excellent, excellent, excellent!

I’m writing to let you know I signed for your academy on Monday and I have gone through ‘Your First 7 Days On The Piano’

I’m not a beginner but I wanted to see what the first 7 days had to offer. I was vastly surprised, I love the way you teach man. I actually like the Day 4 finger exercises. These are Awesome!!! Perfect for warming up. I’ve had some in the past but not much fun as yours and very boring.

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Step Inside Your Piano Journey With Creative Piano Academy

Youtube can feel like you are stuck in a pinball machine bouncing from one video to the next without understanding anything in any depth. The fastest way to playing the music you love is learning the core relevant skills, in detail, in a structured way.

Creative Piano Academy’s visual learning map will help you navigate your piano journey from the beginning through detailed learning paths. You will know exactly where you are on your journey, where you are going next and each step you need to take to get there.

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The Boogie Woogie Path

Learn the specific skills you need to just kick back and improvise with some energetic boogie woogie. Perfect for developing hand coordination and just having some fun.

The Sit and Play Piano Path

Everything you need, laid out step by step to go from beginner to confidently playing your own beautiful, head-turning music on the piano in the fastest way possible.

The Creative Piano Path

My complete ‘learn piano’ experience, taught from the beginning, using my specific musical methods and covers all the necessary skills you need to play piano

Join Today And Get Instant Access To...

Your First Seven Days on the Piano

New to piano? Start here and learn essential core piano skills and play some music!

Nail Your Sustain Pedal

Learn cutting edge piano practice techniques based on neuroscience to learn fast as an adult.

Sit and Play Piano Path

How to simply sit down and play beautiful music you will be proud of playing.

Introduction to Rhythm and the Pulse.

Learn the basics of rhythm step-by-step and develop a natural feel for rhythm in music

Melody Study

How to generate beautiful infinite melodies that impress and sound like REAL melodies.

How to Create Beautiful Music

Why do we learn scales? Let's look at how piano scales translate into melody.

Song Study - Someone Like You

A breakdown of Someone Like You By Adele included how to use the skills to create your own music.

Piano Scales - A Reference Guide

Time for some core technique. Here’s a collection of scales.

Nail Your Piano Practice

Learn cutting edge piano practice techniques based on neuroscience to learn fast as an adult.

Creative Piano Path

Everything you need to learn piano from the very beginning in a structured step by step curriculum.

Monthly Fun Stuff

Inspiring, creative lessons every month in real time exploring skills from unique fun perspectives.

Real-Time Exercises

Sit down with me in real time and work on core skills like hand coordination, rhythm and more.

And More…

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HEAR FROM REAL STUDENTS

Find out why our members
love Creative Piano Academy

Barbara Oleynick
Creative Piano Academy Student

Josef, I cannot express my joy at finding you at this moment in life. You, young man have tapped into my creative being and set me free.

 I have a zillion notes in me, patterns, melodies even symphonies, simmering eagerly awaiting my hands to reclaim the fluid movement skills I had as a child.  

Alex
Creative Piano Academy Student

Having just worked through your Sit and Play Piano course I felt I had to write in order to thank and congratulate you on creating such an excellent online learning experience.

Having sampled a few other online courses, I never anticipated that the keyboard could be opened up to me in quite such an achievable and enjoyable way. Your patient 'layered' approach is exactly what I needed and I am thoroughly enjoying the ability to just sit and play (as it says on the tin!).

John Flexman
Creative Piano Academy Student

I find most courses treat individual lessons as different subjects to be covered. This means a different mindset is required for each new lesson. The Sit and Play Piano Path in contrast leads from one to the next in a continuous flow. It's much easier to absorb information this way.

Another enjoyable aspect is experimenting with your own chord sequences. Very important to write down the ones you like and get them nailed before moving on.

Piano Practice is now fun and the self-discipline that had to be applied to get back on the keys has been replaced by enthusiasm...yeah!

Ready to learn piano, today, for free?

  • First 12 days free

  • Cancel Anytime

Your Interactive Play Along Sessions

Every lesson (when needed) comes with your very own personal piano practice companion. What I call the play-along sessions.

You can…

Loop Sections

Loop Sections

Select and loop any bars you are struggling with to nail the tough stuff

Slow down or speed up

Slow down or speed up

Struggling with a certain passage? Slow it down in real time.

Change the key

Change the key

Want to play in any key you like? Simply change the key and away you go.

Print Notation

Print Notation

A visual learner? Notation is always available.

And lots more features…

Not Your ‘Regular’
Online Piano Lessons

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Included: Monthly ‘Fun Stuff’ Real Time Lessons

A HUGE part of learning piano is taking time to explore the fun and creative side of music. It reminds us why we learn piano in the first place and keeps our passion alive. Thats why every month, I release a fun ‘real-time’ lesson where we explore core skills like hand independence and rhythm in musical and creative ways, or just create beautiful music using my piano methods.

Here’s what a few students have to say…

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Alan

Absolutely love this one Josef, can’t wait to get stuck in amongst it this month. Look forward to your annotations when available as they help me retain concepts.

Dorothy

I love this one Josef. Ill probably spend the whole of the month on it. I’m not proficient enough to be truly creative but it gives a terrific foundation for experimentation even if just for a short time then I’ll go back to the routine stuff. Great, thanks!

Donald

Hi Josef. Back of the net with this months fun stuff. Really enjoyed playing along. Looking forward to the full course. Cheers Donald.

Nicholas

That was great, I was hoping for more on melodies. Seems my wish list has come up.

Connie

Beautiful! Looks easy but it’s going to take some serious concentration! I love the possibilities that it offers for melody! Thanks Josef!

Shannon

What great fun!

Beryl

Hi Joseph, I have just completed the first lesson and have really enjoyed this. I like the way you present it and I am about to try out the play along to learn the songs. Great so far.

Bernd

Dear Josef. This Lesson is a perfect example how your teaching method rules. The way you build up step by step was easy to follow, provided independence by pointing out dependencies and really ingrained a feel for it.

Carolyn

Excellent Josef. I’m not so much of a beginner but really liked your method of explaining the rhythm, combining that with easy cords and producing 3 songs that I love. Keep them coming!

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Get Feedback from me personally whenever you want

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Track Your Progress Through Interactive Lesson goals and objectives

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All lessons are timestamped for each section

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Make you own private notes on any lesson page to keep track of your progress, sticking points and/or a personal log of your journey

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Know your next step at any time with my Visual Learning Map

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Interactive Play-Along sessions for every lesson which has exercises and music to learn.

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All Access Tuition Plans

Start your free 12-day trial today.
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Choose the Annual Plan and

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ANNUAL PLAN

$24.50/month

Free for the first 12 days,
then billed annually at $297 / Year

GBP (£) option is available at checkout

  • Choose the Annual Plan and save $123 dollars per year

Annual Plan Includes:

  • The First 12 days free
  • Instant Access To All Learning Paths
  • The Interactive Play-Along Sessions
  • New Lessons Uploaded Regularly
  • 4k, Multiple Angle Video Lessons
  • Personal Feedback
  • Progress Tracking
  • Private Lesson Notes
  • Private Members-Only Community
  • Save $123

MONTHLY PLAN
$35/month

Free for the first 12 days, then billed monthly at $35 / Month

GBP (£) option is available at checkout

Monthly Plan Includes:

  • The First 12 days free
  • Instant Access To All Learning Paths
  • The Interactive Play-Along Sessions
  • New Lessons Uploaded Regularly
  • 4k, Multiple Angle Video Lessons
  • Personal Feedback
  • Progress Tracking
  • Private Lesson Notes
  • Private Members-Only Community
  • Save $123

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I’ve taught my creative piano methods for nearly 20 years and helped many people.

Here’s what a few had to say!

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  • Father: Well That Sounds Really Good To Me
Greg
  • She couldn't believe it was me because it sounded SO GOOD!
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  • You make us want to go there and play
Michelle
  • But with you Joe I'm making progress at a cost I can afford. God bless you.

Carol M Aspinall

I'm in the senior citizens bracket as I'm retired, and what I have found in following your videos is that I can make music. I'm an ‘on and off’ beginner, didn't stick with anyone particular so didn't progress.

But with you Joe I'm making progress at a cost I can afford. God bless you. So glad I found your site, plus you are pleasant to listen to and your music doesn't blast yours ears. Some do you know. I may be making slow progress but I'll catch the train.

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All Access Tuition Plans

Start your free 12-day trial today.
Instant Access | Cancel Anytime

Choose the Annual Plan and

RECOMMENDED

ANNUAL PLAN

$24.50/month

Free for the first 12 days,
then billed annually at $297 / Year

GBP (£) option is available at checkout

  • Choose the Annual Plan and save $123 dollars per year

Annual Plan Includes:

  • The First 12 days free
  • Instant Access To All Learning Paths
  • The Interactive Play-Along Sessions
  • New Lessons Uploaded Regularly
  • 4k, Multiple Angle Video Lessons
  • Personal Feedback
  • Progress Tracking
  • Private Lesson Notes
  • Private Members-Only Community
  • Save $123

MONTHLY PLAN
$35/month

Free for the first 12 days, then billed monthly at $35 / Month

GBP (£) option is available at checkout

Monthly Plan Includes:

  • The First 12 days free
  • Instant Access To All Learning Paths
  • The Interactive Play-Along Sessions
  • New Lessons Uploaded Regularly
  • 4k, Multiple Angle Video Lessons
  • Personal Feedback
  • Progress Tracking
  • Private Lesson Notes
  • Private Members-Only Community
  • Save $123

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