Welcome to the piano education blog of Andrew Eales, a pianist, teacher, mentor and writer based in Milton Keynes UK.
The site is owned by Keyquest Music, Andrew’s independent piano education business and creative outlet.
The aim of Pianodao is to inform, encourage and offer practical wisdom to help and support piano players and teachers.
Pianodao literally means The Way of Piano. Building on a vision of piano playing as a lifetime journey, the site focusses on our musical development in the context of our broader lives.
Andrew’s writings offer a perspective on piano education that is equally rooted in his professional training and experience, and in the developing insights he gains from the Eastern wisdom traditions, and particularly those of Daoist philosophy and practice.
Pianodao is also especially known to many as a leading independent review site, with over 300 reviews covering books, recordings, educational resources, and a wide range of sheet music suitable for everyone from beginners to professionals.
Andrew’s central focus as an educator is to help piano players nurture their interest, knowledge, enthusiasm and love for piano music, culminating in the development of an ongoing and evolving Active Repertoire they can play.
Guest Authors from around the world have also significantly contributed to the site, sharing their experiences, perspectives, and knowledge.
With regular updates, fresh original content and the support of a loyal readership, Pianodao has become a leading piano education site.
How to use this site
Articles published here should be read in the context of your broader journey as a person and as a pianist, and not as a substitute for it.
The Pianodao site offers:
- opinions for discussion
- questions for reflection
- possibilities for experimentation; and hopefully –
- inspiration for living a more fulfilling and musical life
The Pianodao site does not purport to provide a comprehensive method of playing or teaching the piano, or of practising qigong. Nor should the lifestyle advice offered here be accepted in isolation. We all need to be discerning, and to root our lives and practice in real world experience and interactions.
Please also understand that the views expressed here are not necessarily those of Andrew’s employers past, present or future. They have their own sites. And all views are provisional, subject to change as Andrew’s own journey progresses.
Andrew hopes that Pianodao offers insights which will bring clarity to your own Way of Piano. If you would like to consult with me privately, please feel free to get in touch.
All original material published on this site is copyright Keyquest Music or to guest authors where credited.
Feel free to share and link to this material for non-commercial purposes, but please always credit the authors and Pianodao website when doing so.
Links to music and videos on YouTube, SoundCloud and other sites are included on the basis that those sites are responsible for any issues arising from copyright. If you spot an issue please report it to the host site concerned.
Pianodao is owned by Keyquest Music, the independent piano education consultancy and creative outlet of pianist, writer and mentor Andrew Eales. Andrew is a member of The Incorporated Society of Musicians.