About the Teacher

Doug Hanvey started playing piano at age 6. He studied classical piano and music composition at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University Bloomington (one of the foremost music schools in the US), later working as an accompanist at the School. In Los Angeles, Doug studied contemporary (jazz/blues) keyboard styles with John Novello, one of the country’s leading keyboard teachers who has taught and/or played with Chick Corea, Stevie Wonder and Andy Summers of The Police, and was mentored as a teacher by Novello. Doug has regularly gigged and worked as a music director in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to his musical training, Doug holds a master’s degree in adult education. He is the author of the instructional method book The Creative Keyboardist (see below) and the composer of hundreds of piano pieces and songs and the score of a full-length musical. He is a member of the Oregon Music Teachers Association.

The Creative Keyboardist

The Creative Keyboardist is a comprehensive manual that covers both basic and advanced keyboard and musicianship skills, and related creative abilities including improvising, composing and arranging. The content is modular, meaning that students can focus on their weaker skills and/or study the areas of most interest to them. Topics include:

  • The fundamentals of reading music
  • Aural skills and ear training exercises
  • Sight reading music
  • Playing by ear
  • The four types of musical memory
  • Fundamental piano technique
  • Intervals and chords
  • Chord inversions
  • Advanced chords and jazz chords
  • Scales, modes, and principles of fingering
  • Efficient and effective practice habits
  • The six steps for learning any piece
  • Beginning improvisation
  • Blues improvisation
  • Composition and songwriting
  • Essential keyboard recordings

The Creative Keyboardist Adult Piano Method

The Creative Keyboardist Adult Piano Method is a step-by-step method consisting of over 80 pieces for learning to play the piano using the leading popular (non-classical) keyboard styles of blues, ragtime, jazz and rock. Since each of these styles emerged in America, this method is also an introduction to American popular music. Like most methods, the course is progressive, meaning that each piece builds on skills learned in previous ones.