March 24, 2009

"Instant Piano for Hopelessly Busy People" Returns in July

A one-day (3 1/2 hour) workshop entitled "Instant Piano for Hopelessly Busy People" will be taught in July at Northeast Alabama Community College. It teaches the chord approach to playing the piano, which is desirable to many adults. It teaches students to play by looking at the chord symbols that are in most popular music today, instead of reading all the notes the traditional way. This is literally a musically correct but "shorthand" way of playing that produces instant success in playing popular songs with both hands during this one-day workshop, even with total beginners. A roomful of people can be taught with just one piano in the room. Each student has a dummy keyboard at his seat, and then takes home a 32-page book and 68-minute practice CD with which a technique can be perfected on the student’s own piano and leisure.

The instructor is David Haynes of Ringgold, Georgia. “I make the class a fun evening, but students often say they learn more in these few hours than they have in five years of piano lessons,” said Haynes. “This workshop does not conflict with a regular piano program, because my students are generally not interested in regular classical piano studies.”

During the past nine years Haynes has taught this workshop in 170 colleges and 17 community programs and arts centers in 20 states, all to rave reviews. This same workshop has enjoyed phenomenal success at hundreds of college and university extension programs in California, Hawaii, Oregon, and many other states since 1982, and the methodology has recently been featured nationally on public television as “Piano In a Flash.”

Haynes has a master’s of music education from Andrews University in Michigan; a bachelor’s of music education and a bachelor’s of German from Southern College in Tennessee; and an associate degree in computer science from the College of DuPage in Illinois.

This class will be taught on Thursday, July 16, from 6:00 until 9:30 p.m. in Room 114 of the Beck Health and Fine Arts Building. Cost of the class is $50, payable to the College. If you can’t read notes, send a self-addressed stamped envelope for a free pamphlet to Music Masters, 90 Molly Lane, Ringgold, GA 30736. The instructor will collect $25 in class for a book and CD.

For a registration form or more information, please contact Pat Bridgeman in the Office of Workforce Development, Room 148, Pendley Administration Building; by phone at (256)638-4418 or (256)228-6001, extension 254; by email at; or by mail to the attention of Pat Bridgeman, Community Services Coordinator, Northeast Alabama Community College, PO Box 159, Rainsville, AL 35986.