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 Nominated for four Hometown Heroes Awards

The latest collaborative album by Joe Kenney continues to make a flourish; the 10-track multi-genre effort -- highlighted by features of six Philadelphia-area vocalists -- has been named a finalist in four categories in the 2020 Homey Awards. Hometown Heroes is a staple in the Delaware Valley Music Community spearheaded by Mark Rogers and Delaware Public Media; the four categories in which Kenney received nominations are Best Collaboration, Best R & B Song, Best Jazz Song, and Best Keyboardist.

FULL BAND SURPRISE RELEASE

On 5/14, Joe Kenney Band released MJ Medley, a bonus recording from the Forth album sessions. The piano-led jazz fusion arrangement is a staple at JKB shows and is part of a busy season of releases for Kenney, which has included the aforementioned collab album and the new collection of solo piano reflections. 

NEW Piano Collection Release: 

Coming off the highly successful release of Forth in October 2020, Joe Kenney has released the first three singles off his newest collection of solo piano improvisations. Listen to the latest single to drop, Reflection, No. 2: Respite (Jazz Break)

Joe Kenney wins a Bronze Medal at Global Music Awards for new album, Forth. 

The Global Music Awards, highly respected for their esteemed panel of judges and for reviewing submissions from across the world, selected Forth as a Bronze Medal Winner for its merit as an album release.

Forth posts debut on charts/ receives airplay on 85+ radio stations in US and Canada

The fourth studio album from Joe Kenney  has had impressive results on the airwaves since releasing last October. Forth debuted in the top 300 in the Community/College Radio Charts, and several stations reporting to the North American College and Community Radio Charts have listed Forth in the top 5 of their rotation.

The album has been featured on hip-hop shows, jazz shows, and more; a big win for the crossover album and its bid to reach widespread listeners across multiple genres. 

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.

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.