Learn how to play piano by ear  

Using simple steps that regular people have used 

Welcome to The Piano By Ear!

If you've ever wanted to play the piano by ear without reading sheet music, then you've come to the right place! I've trained thousands of students around the world to play their favorite songs on the piano by ear using my simple, step-by-step piano lessons by video and by email...and I want to help you too!
So, take the first steps and sign up for our online weekly email lessons below. They're free so you have nothing to lose!

About Piano By Ear

My goal is to provide quality instructional material in the form of instructional videos to help individuals learn to play the piano by ear. I don't just "sell" videos, I teach people just like YOU to play the piano by ear.
My instructional method is one that actually produces results:
  • Step-by-step instruction

  • Showing you at the piano what I’m doing

  • More than just scales and chords

  • Training your ear

What do I teach?
  • How to play melodies you know

  • How to play chord accompaniment in both hands

  • How to make your playing sound rich and full

  • How to incorporate licks and runs

  • How to hear common and challenging chord progressions

  • How to play fast and slow song

  • How to know what to do with your right and left hand

 Matthew Stephens




Piano by Ear for Beginners (Volume I)


Digital Download Only

This course starts from the very beginning and takes you all the way through playing melodies on your right hand and chords on your left hand!

Piano by Ear Continued (Volume II)


Digital Download Only

This course is focused on building where Piano By Ear for Beginner leaves off. In this course you will learn how to make your piano playing sound rich and full with focused left hand and right hand techniques.

Piano by Ear Advanced

Southern Gospel Licks & Runs


Digital Download Only

This course focuses on teaching the southern gospel style piano using four southern gospel songs.

Christmas Piano by Ear


Digital Download Only

This courses focuses on teaching the challenging chord progressions often associated with Christmas music. Lots and lots of techniques for the experienced pianist. 

Chords Galore I


Digital Download Only

This course focus on how to create twelve chords and their purpose in chord progressions and the application to songs. 

Dinner Piano


Digital Download Only

The ultimate dinner piano and cocktail piano focused on teaching you how to play jazzy dinner piano all from the most common jazz chord progression.  This course is filmed with both the teacher and the student at hand in an interactive, conversational style between teacher and student.

Course List


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Mine is the usual story: traditional piano lessons as a child, a general interest in all sorts of music throughout my life. When I retired I decided to go back to the piano. I live in the south of Ireland and there is a university level music academy here and I found a nice teacher. It wasn't long, however, before I realized  the lessons were continuing where I left off as a kid. The approach was designed to make you into a concert pianist or a music teacher. That's fine because we need concert pianists, but I just wanted to play from memory all the tunes in my head. 

Then I saw a video of "Amazing Grace" on ThePianoByEar where the tune started very basic and then was played in a more and more advanced way. I knew that was for me. I would be happy if I could play like that.

Since I didn't know where I would fit in I bought all the DVDs. It turned out I could comfortably start with the second disk. My only regret is that I didn't find that sort of course as a child, because I really enjoy playing and might have saved myself many years of stumbling around.

Michael, Ireland

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Email: matthew@thepianobyear.com

Text Message: 417-255-4210 (not for calls)




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Austin, TX 78744

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