Methodology

It is important to create a learning environment that both champions the individuality of each student and ultimately fosters independence in studying music. With a focus on learning via lesson and theory methods, varied musical supplements, and fun songs and activities with development purposes, the studio at Joe Kenney Piano focuses on a comprehensive learning plan.

Music Theory

An integral part of developing independent musicians is imparting understanding of the compositional process.  Joe's vast experience allows him to challenge students and help them excel in understanding theory that can then be applied to other pieces. Through playing, and more importantly, understanding, scales, chords, and several other musical machinations, students become prepared to approach the piano with confidence. 

Sight Reading

As students become familiar with music theory, they can concurrently  engage confidently  in learning music on their own.  Sight-reading of new music  is fun in the short term and significant in the long-term, especially in the areas of reading, musicality, and pianism.

Ear Training

A vital part of being a well-rounded pianist is ear training. In the studio at Joe Kenney Piano, an important component of lessons is learning to understand the music from the perspective of hearing and discerning intervals, chord progressions, and various musical patterns.

Performance Opportunities

The studio at Joe Kenney PIano offers regular performance opportunities. While these perforamnces are not required, they are strongly enouraged.  These events include low-key, fun retirement home concerts, and an annual recital. The intention with the performances is to celebrate  the students and the music they have learned and worked so hard on, through sharing that music with friends and family and others  in a warm and supportive environment.

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Forth Available Now on All Platforms!

The fourth studio album from Joe Kenney is now available on all platforms. This project is the culmination of a 2+ year undertaking, featuring six talented and well-decorated Philadelphia vocalists and many more impressive local instrumentalists. Forth includes many firsts for Kenney’s studio releases, including lyrical song- writing, hip-hop production, horn arrangements, original vocal collaborations and more. LISTEN NOW!

It Should Be Said (feat. Chill Moody and Elle Gyandoh) is out now!

The highly anticipated hip hop original, written by Kenney and coveted lyricist Chill Moody, just released on 9/25. Dubbed "Best Rapper" by Philadelphia Magazine, Moody brings a distinct lyrical energy and poetic flow to a track that also features the beautiful vocal hooks of Philadelphia soul singer Elle Gyandoh.

All's Not Lost (feat. Laura Lizcano) releases with glowing review from The Key/WXPN.

All's Not Lost, The soulful and jazzy release co-written with Philadelphia vocalist/lyricist Laura Lizcano, debuted with a warm write-up by The Key's Melannie Jay: "All's Not Lost" truly succeeds as a collaboration between a gifted instrumentalist and vocalist." Read the full feature here.

NeonMusic (UK) Premieres Another Side

Another Side (Feat. Joy Ike) was premiered with a glowing review by NeonMusic. "The song is emotive but also spiritually uplifting, as it makes you look at your own life with fresh eyes. The lyrics shine through the musical styles, which are seamlessly stitched together." Check the full review here.

WXPN/The Key covers Another Side (feat. Joy Ike) 

The esteemed Philly blog The Key featured the debut single off album four, and highlighted the song's aim to be a positive anthem and raise money for NAMI as part of Mental Health Awareness Month.

Read the full review here!

Another Side selected as "XPN Philly Local Pick of the Day"

On-Air personality Helen Leicht selected the new release from the upcoming album as the "Local Pick of the Day" on Friday, 5/22. 

Features for Forth revealed

The six vocalists on the upcoming album are Sterling Duns, Chill Moody, Laura Lizcano, Joy Ike, and Elle Gyandoh.