Since 1995, The Progressive Pianist has guided students on their musical journey, showing parents how to teach children and adults how to teach themselves.



With little or no musical background, The Progressive Pianist provides you the tools to read and play any style of music.

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“Now A Music Major”

“I have been using your program with all of my homeschooled children for over 10 years…one is now a 22 year old music major who was not interested in music before I “made” him learn piano.”
S. Rickman, Sunnyvale, CA

Course Reviews

“The Progressive Pianist is self-explanatory and is perfect for the entire family.”
Practical Homeschooling Magazine

“The Progressive Pianist is a complete piano program that allows your child to learn to masterfully play the piano, whether you know anything about music or not!”
Heart of the Matter Magazine

“Even beginners with no musical background can learn to play the piano with this curriculum! Designed by an experienced piano teacher, this program gives you the basic tools to read and perform music of any style.”
Christian Book Distributors

“The Progressive Pianist teaches theory as well as technique…students will find it enjoyable and exciting to play the performance piece in the book in duet and with the other voicings. This program could be taught by the parent or the student could study independently.”
Home Educator Magazine

“The Progressive Pianist is designed for parents who don’t have a music background. It was created by a homeschooling mother as an affordable way for homeschoolers to teach music to their children. I really love the tone of this book: the lyrics of the pieces are lovely depicting a stay-at-home mother, and a father who plays with his children. Fully orchestrated accompaniments to each song makes practicing fun. Kids especially enjoy this! You can have a year’s worth of music lessons for the same amount you would spend on one month’s worth of private lessons.
Latter Day Family Resources

Music facts are taught in the lesson through a performance piece and finger exercises are assigned to stretch and strengthen the finger muscles. Included are studies on the ‘Elements of Sound’ and ‘About the Piano’. A year of piano lessons for less than the price of one month with online support!
Canadian Home Education Resources

Each new concept is thoroughly covered so children not only can play music, but so they understand musical theory. The author has composed the performance pieces in each lesson that reinforce what they have learned. The pieces are about home, the family, being diligent with the schoolwork, obeying parents and so on. The recordings are clear-sounding, providing a model so students can evaluate their own performances. This course is pretty well self-explanatory for older children and instructions and information are straightforward and easy to read, so parents don’t have to be “musical” to use this course with their children.
Rainbow Resource

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Learn Music Facts

In this lesson (6) from Level One, you will understand the piano notes C and D through a fun, easy to learn performance piece. Go deeper and practice writing the notes and counts on the attached theory worksheet.

  • Easy to understand
  • Learn the piano at your own pace
  • All pages downloadable to your iPad/digital device
  • Each level approximately 4 months of piano lessons for less than the cost of 1 month
  • Online support at every level
  • Purchase Level One and START NOW

“Straightforward, easy to understand.”

D. Sorensen, Grass Valley, CA

Play Along With The Band

Here is the audio file for Lesson 6. Listen for the metronome count-off and play along on your piano or keyboard. On the repeat, join in with the fully orchestrated accompaniment track.

“Anything Is Possible”

“You brought out the joy in her heart for music which has motivated her to a new level. You have made her truly believe anything is possible! Thank you so much!”
D. DeMassa, Mesa, AZ

“We Are So Grateful”

“We are so grateful for this way of learning to play the piano.
Thank you so much!”
R. Berg, Seattle, WA

“Love the Accompaniments”

“We just love the fabulous accompaniments you’ve put to each tune.”
S. Lazore, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

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Start learning today with The Progressive Pianist, Level One

I would teach the children music, physics and philosophy, but the most important is music, for in the patterns of the arts are the keys to all learning.

Plato (428- 348BC)

Meet Your Teacher

Joanne Jolee is the creator of The Progressive Pianist. Joanne received her piano and music theory training through the Trinity College of Music, and Royal School of Music, both in London,  and studied voice under Dame Sister Mary Leo at Saint Mary’s College in New Zealand. She has taught private music lessons for over 30 years.

Joanne homeschooled her five children K-12 teaching them music as a core daily subject. They all are musicians and have higher education degrees, including, Business Administration on a full scholarship, 2 with Juris Doctors, 1 Master of Engineering on a full scholarship, and 1 Master of Psychology/Doctoral student.

Joanne is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Jolee-Jaffa Music Foundation which provides a free music education to underprivileged children, and music therapy to seniors suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease and traumatic brain injury.

Joanne’s oldest daughter is now homeschooling and teaching music to her 5 children.

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