Monthly ACCESS

7 days for free, then:

$19.95 /mo

($19.95 billed monthly)


7 days for free, then:


($299 billed once)


We only want you to pay if you love our course. If you are not completely satisfied with the course, simply cancel your membership in the members area or contact customer support within 7 days and we’ll refund your order, no questions asked.

All pricing in USD. You can change plans or cancel your account at any time.

Frequently Asked Questions

Many piano websites feature a collection of random tutorials, leaving the student with no idea whether a particular piece or exercise is too easy or difficult. The exercises and pieces on the PPA website are carefully graded, and cover the most important topics in the order in which they should be presented.

Many online tutorials are taught by instructors who, frankly, have little business teaching the piano. Jason Paul Peterson holds a doctoral degree in piano from the Peabody Conservatory. He’s a Fulbright Scholar, and has performed concerts all over the world, both in classical and pop settings. His many years of teaching experience means you can trust the quality of the instruction. 

In addition, our videos feature several pedagogical tools not found with other programs. Many websites and apps feature scrolling music. No professional plays from music that scrolls; it’s ineffective and doesn’t train the eyes properly. Instead, our music is fixed, with a moving playhead so you always know exactly where you are. Rather than two separate keyboards–one for the fingers and one for the notes–PPA tutorials feature one single light-up keyboard, which means less jumping around with your eyes. The custom video player allows the playback speed to be adjusted, and you can also loop any section of the video.

PPA is also one of the only programs that also shows the sustain pedal where required. Proper use of this pedal is one of the most important elements of good piano playing.

PPA places great importance on the quality of the pieces themselves. Classical works are presented in their original form whenever possible, as the composer intended them. Many of the other pieces have been arranged specially by Jason Paul Peterson to ensure both the proper level of difficulty as well as great-sounding piano writing. 

PPA also offers live seminars, and students the possibility to ask questions and learn about numerous piano-related topics in an interactive environment.

The goal of the Peterson Piano Academy is to help you continue to develop and grow as a pianist and musician; it’s not about getting to the end of the course as quickly as possible. If you’re just starting out, the structured materials should keep you occupied for at least a few years. We’re constantly adding new material as well.

The program is divided into smaller courses, so that you can clearly track your progress and set clear goals.

Each level is divided into three parts:

  • Technique. These exercises help build facility, coordination, speed and strength at the piano keyboard.
  • Theory. These exercises help you understand the language of music: note names, chords, scales and more. 
  • Repertoire. These tutorials feature pieces appropriate to your current skill level. Unlike the technique and theory sections, there’s no need to play all of the pieces before moving on, but the more you try, the better you’ll become.

No; you’re free to jump around and skip ahead as often as you like. Just be aware that the more advanced tutorials may be confusing if you haven’t completed the prior ones.

We recommend either an acoustic piano or a touch-sensitive keyboard or digital piano with weighted keys and a sustain pedal. The best digital instruments are made by Yamaha, Kawai and Roland; avoid Casio.

The videos and webinars can be accessed from almost any device or operating system with web access. For an optimal learning experience, we recommend using a laptop or tablet, as the larger screen size will make reading the notes and seeing the keys much easier.

Peterson Piano Academy is set up to allow students to progress independently and at their own pace. You should be able to complete the tutorials without the need for a private instructor.

A good private instructor will help you progress even faster, but at a significantly higher cost, of course. For students working with a private teacher, PPA is still an excellent supplemental resource. Why spend precious minutes of a private lesson learning the fingering for the D-flat scale or the notes of the Moonlight Sonata when you can learn it effectively from PPA at a much lower cost? 

Piano can be written in two slightly different ways. Most piano music is written in treble and bass clef, with all the notes written out. But many pop and jazz songs are written in so-called “Lead Sheet” notation, in which only the melody is written, along with chord symbols. This method allows for more freedom and improvisation.

No matter what sort of music you’d like to play, it’s good to be familiar with both systems. That’s why the Peterson Piano Academy teaches both methods. Once you go through our course, you’ll have the skills to play just about any piece of sheet music you might encounter elsewhere.

The piano repertoire is vast, and there’s no way we could possibly offer tutorials on all the pieces out there. That being said, the goal of the program is to give you the skills necessary to learn new pieces on your own. If there’s a piece you’d really like to see added to the PPA library, feel free to send us a message at and we’ll consider adding it.

The Peterson Piano Academy is 100% legal. All necessary rights to the pieces offered for download have been acquired from the appropriate sources.

All classical pieces, as well as all pieces in the public domain, can be downloaded free of charge from our website. Pop songs can be learned from the tutorials as part of the membership, but if you want to download a copy you’ll need to pay a small amount required by the copyright holder (usually $4.99). Unfortunately, it is not legal to offer free downloads of pop pieces. While you can find some free downloads of pop pieces online, these are both illegal and generally very poorly written.

You can cancel your subscription within 7 days for a full refund, no questions asked. To cancel, simply visit the member section, or email us at and we’ll be happy to cancel your membership.

Learn your favorite pieces

From Beethoven to the Beatles and beyond. You’ll learn pieces that match your current level, so you progress quicker and without frustration. The custom player even lets you loop a tricky section!

Improve your technique

The comprehensive course teaches you how to improve your speed, dexterity and endurance at the piano through many graded exercises. All the scales and arpeggios every pianist should learn are taught as well.

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Learn music theory

Understand the notes you’re playing by learning about key signatures, intervals, chords, the circle of fifths, and much much more. Includes interactive quizzes so you can check your progress.

Whether you're an absolute beginner or already an experienced pianist, you'll find materials tailored to your skill level.

Each level is divided into three parts: technical exercises to improve your coordination and facility, theory exercises to improve your note reading and understanding of the music, and repertoire selections appropriate to your current abilities.

Meet Your Teacher

Dr. Jason Paul Peterson is a professional concert pianist, Fulbright Scholar, and prizewinner of several international piano competitions. Here he is performing one of Scriabin’s virtuosic etudes.

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Live Piano Seminars

Want personalized feedback? Join one of our online masterclasses. Our live seminars also cover a variety of piano-related topics, from music theory and technique to memorization and stage fright. Unlimited access is included in every membership. 


I've tried other online piano courses, but this is the only one that really goes beyond the notes and discusses things like interpretation and technique.
Ambika S.
I love the way the pieces and exercises are graded to perfectly match my level. And so much more professional than Flowkey or Skoove.
James R.
One live seminar alone is worth a yearly membership to your site. The course structure is excellent, and I'm astounded at the progress I've made!
Melanie K.

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Monthly ACCESS

7 days for free, then:

$19.95 /mo

($19.95 billed monthly)


7 days for free, then:


($299 billed once)