This is my final post for 2019 – let me take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy and peaceful holiday season. It has been a year of tremendous growth for the Online Academy, and we have some exciting plans in place for the New Year (about which more later!).

As a thank you for your support over the past year, I’m delighted to offer a free gift of two study editions for Burgmüller’s Op. 100 set that we’ve been featuring throughout the year. The study editions include a teaching note, practice and performance suggestions (with exercises in manuscript) as well as a link to a video walkthrough. All you need to do to receive your free gift editions of L’arabesque and Ballade is sign-up for our mailing list here and they will be sent to you next week.

Let me leave you with Frederic Chiu’s transcription of Prokoviev’s Troika from the Lieutenant Kijé Suite. troika is a traditional Russian three-horse sled that takes us on an exhilarating ride through the snow, accompanied by the sounds of sleigh bells. 

Troika akron

Looking for a gift for a pianist?  

We’ve just added a new feature to our site which makes it possible to purchase a range of digital products and subscriptions as gift vouchers. Our range of eBooks, digital editions, online lessons and subscriptions make ideal Christmas presents for piano lovers!  

How it works

  • Select a gift from our catalogue (a full listing of products and subscriptions available for gift purchase can be viewed here) and click “Buy gift”
  • Enter the details of the payment card that you wish to use to make the purchase and click “Pay”
  • On successful completion of your payment you will be taken to a confirmation page which provides a voucher code and a link which the recipient can use to redeem their gift (further instructions for the recipient are also provided)

Featured gifts

  • Practising the Piano eBook series – Click here to purchase a gift voucher for all four parts of Graham Fitch’s highly popular multimedia eBook series for £39.99
  • Study Edition – Chopin Nocturne in C-sharp Minor – Click here to purchase a gift voucher for an Annotated Study Edition of Chopin’s Nocturne in C-sharp minor, (Op. Posth.) for £5.99
  • Burgmüller’s 25 Easy and Progressive Etudes – Click here to purchase a gift voucher for our most popular video series on the Online Academy which features walkthroughs to each of these etudes for £29.99
  • Subscriptions – The Online Academy is the ultimate online resources for pianists and teachers featuring over three hundred articles and five hundred videos on the subject of piano playing from renowned experts on topics such as improvisation, sight reading, learning pieces, healthy piano playing and teaching:
    • 3-Month Subscription – Click here to purchase a gift subscription for three months access to the Online Academy
    • Annual Subscription – Click here to purchase a gift subscription for a years’ access to the Online Academy, including additional bonus eBooks and editions worth over £70!