Janci Bronson produces YouTube channel for piano education


Laptop screen displaying image of Janci Bronson playing pianoJanci Bronson, associate teaching professor of music, class piano and pedagogy, recently utilized an Iowa State Miller Open Education Mini-Grant to create a free, open-access video resource in piano education. Bronson’s YouTube education channel is designed to support student virtual learning within group piano or private lessons. Currently, the channel houses a Level 1 video series. Bronson will be producing a Level 2 series for the spring 2022 semester.

The educational channel includes a Level 1 playlist for group piano and covers the following key topics: beginning keyboard technique, sight-reading, transposition, scales, arpeggios, chords, harmonization and improvisation. Each video includes closed captions, brief descriptions, suggestions to related videos and chapters.

View samples of level 1 videos:

Sight-Reading: Reduction Practice; Beethoven’s “Moonlight” Sonata; Beyer’s Study Op. 101, No. 66 

Multiple octave major scales: “C Fingering;” Demo: Sonatina in C Major, Op. 36 No. 1 by Clementi 

Triad Qualities: major, minor, augmented, diminished; Demo: Chopin Prelude in E Minor, Op. 28. No. 4