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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In The Mi(D)st (feat. Sterling Duns) in the Final Four of Glassetonbury Competition

The final track on Joe Kenney's ew album Forth, "In The Mi(D)st," co-written with Philadelphia Hip-Hop artist Sterling Duns, has been voted through three rounds and into the final four of vol. 5 from the highly esteemed publication Glasse Factory. 

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 receiving airplay on 85+ radio stations in US and Canada

The fourth studio album from Joe Kenney 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. 

Forth Debuts in Top 300 on CRC report; Several Stations report album in top 5 of rotation to NACC 

Highly anticipated for the masterful blending genres, the features of six highly decorated Philadelphia-area vocalists, and the leveraging of multiple musical markets, Forth has had impressive results on the airwaves since the Oct. 23 Release. The album 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. 

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.

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.