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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NEW RELEASE ANNOUNCED!

 

If It Lasts, a collaboration with vocalists Elle Gyandoh and Murphy Bug, as well as Carter Fox, Adam Sisko, and Mt. Joy Guitarist Sam Cooper, is set for a 2/4 release. The track draws from R&B, indie rock, and chill genres, and is Joe Kenney's first vocal collaboration to be released since the award-winning Forth in 2020.

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Forth Tour Takes Joe Kenney Band to Shows/Interview in 7 Cities.

JKB celebrated the release of their award-winning 2020 album with performances in Wilmington, DE; Wayne, PA; New York, NY; Cleveland, OH; Louisville, KY; and Birmingham, AL; and a radio interview in Jackson, MS. 

 

Fifth Album, Solo Piano Album Entitled Reflections on Inner Transformation, Confirmed for 2022 Release.

Coming off the success of the  2020 release of the  collaborative album Forth and the subsequent supporting tour, Kenney is releasing a  twelve-song collection of solo piano pieces. Reflections on Inner Transformation presents twelve improvisational pieces each inspired by a meditation on a different area of active personal focus.

 

The album has the hallmarks of Kenney's distinctive piano playing and compositional voice, and draws from New Age, Classical, Jazz, and other styles. Singles releases from the upcoming project have already been featured on blogs such as Music Dances When You  Sleep and MainlyPiano, playlisted on many Spotify/Apple Music lists, and aired on Hometown Heroes/Delaware Public Radio.