About the LEARNING Series

This page describes and shows links to our three series of basic learning materials for playing the piano or other keyboard instruments. 

 The learning materials and sheet music that are available as downloads from our sites are "packaged" in what we refer to as "units." (Like chapters in a book.) The learning units are grouped together into three larger "learning series" that include instructions on how to play, exercises for developing physical skills and collections of pieces which together, provide a well rounded foundation for playing the keyboard.

About These Basic Learning Series

These series are available for viewing or download using the links to each of them described below. These learning materials are not intended to take the place of an instructor, teacher, or coach. If you are a beginner, you will surely need some help along the way. That being said, many people are able to learn a good deal from books without an instructor. Maybe you are one of them. Just be aware. 

The Focus of Each Learning Series
Click on the link at the end of a series description to go directly to your selected series.

Key Diagrams and Maps Series. - Focus on Keyboard Basic Instruction - This is our main instructional series. No previous knowledge of the keyboard is required. It is based on key diagram and key map notation. Key maps provide an excellent, low stress beginning for students of the keyboard and provide the basis for the Focus on Chords series that follows. They also provide a sound basis for advancing to traditional notation when a student is ready wishes to advance to this widely used but very difficult to learn notation.

(Clicking on the following link will take you to our Key Maps Site where this material is located. On that site, at the top of the page, click on the tab: Basic Keyboard Instruction.) kmaps.com

Focus on Chords - PC Chord Prep Units - based on Key Map notation. Students learn how to play from notated chord diagrams and from standard chord symbols. Typically, the pieces in this series are notated with a key mapped melody for the right hand and the chord notation and/or chord symbols for the left hand.

(Clicking on the following link will take you to our Key Maps Site where this material is located. On that site, at the top of the page, click on the tab: Chord Instruction.) kmaps.com

Grand Staff Learning PG and GT Grand Staff Units. This series is primarily for students who have completed the "Focus on Chords" series. Students are introduced to the grand staff, which is the traditional notation used by most of the people in the world. If you want to buy music, this is the notation that you will get if you go to a music store or download sheet music from the internet. The series can be supplemented with pieces in our RT Series. It can, of course, be supplemented with sheet music from almost any source.

This grand staff series continues to use the timeline format for rhythm used in the previous two series. After completing this introduction to the grand staff, students are ready to continue their studies using the traditional learning materials available everywhere. At this point, students already are fairly well skilled at playing the keyboard. We recommend that they continue their studies using one of the excellent piano methods available.

The nature of the study using a traditional piano method at this point amounts to using it as a reading course. The student still has much to learn about reading the traditional notation, but because of the student has already acquired intermediate playing skills, learning to read this notation is much less stressful than it is for those who don't already know how to play the keyboard.