Hey! I'm Charles.

I'm a YouTuber teaching millions the simple joy of learning to play the Piano.

Around 5 years ago, I started my YouTube channel with the goal of teaching others about music. Our community has grown to over 1.5 million subscribers since then and the fun is just beginning.

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More About Charles.

Hey! I'm Charles Cornell, a YouTuber and online content creator in the music education space. Beginning with a professional background as a jazz pianist and composer, I started making online content in 2019 and, somehow, almost immediately went viral. In a short time since, I have built a YouTube channel with over 1.5 million subscribers and have amassed nearly 200 million views helping music lovers of all ages and abilities discover a new passion and understanding for music. With hundreds of videos breaking down music theory from films, video games, pop culture and more, I have helped millions take their next steps, or even their first on their musical journey. In 2021, I built and launched the Cornell Music Academy, which has grown into a small library of online courses covering a variety of musical topics at varying skill levels. To date, tens of thousands of students like you have joined a growing musical community learning with me. I hope you find all you are looking to learn and more in my courses and I look forward to welcoming you to the academy!

FAQs about the academy

What does purchasing courses from the Cornell Music Academy get me?

Making a purchase with the Cornell Music Academy gets you access to the courses you purchased FOR LIFE. It's a one-time purchase that will ensure you have access to the material for as long as you need it. Also, you'll have access to any new additions or updates to the courses you've purchased over time. You ALWAYS have the most up-to-date and value-packed version available. In addition to the courses, you'll receive a secret invite link to access the private, members-only Circle Community. That's where you'll get access to an exclusive community of fellow students, who you'll be able to connect with and share progress and questions with!  

How is this different from other piano courses?

One of the ways Charles has been able to build a YouTube channel with 1.5M subscribers is by having a unique ability to explain complicated concepts in an extremely clear and easy-to-understand manner. While other courses simply feature an instructor talking to the camera, our courses are packed full of detailed graphic animations and supplemental resources to make sure you'll be up to speed at every step of the way. Plus, you'll practice every single concept we teach in the course in an extensive exercise module for each subject. Not only will you understand everything, you'll put it into practice immediately! 

How much practice will I need to put in?

There is no one-size-fits-all answer to the question of how much practice is enough. The best amount of time to practice is any amount of time when you're actually doing it. For some people, that might be 10 minutes per day. For others, it might be 2 hours. With our courses, you can go as fast or as slow as you like, and you can replay any of the videos in the courses as many times as you like. You get to set your own pace and take as long as you need to work through it.

What kind of piano do I need?

One that works! An acoustic piano will work great and so will a digital keyboard. It doesn't matter how expensive it is, how many keys it has, or how many features it has. If it has some keys and makes a sound, you can probably use it! Now of course, a better quality instrument can help make some things easier. But especially at the beginning, the important thing is that you get playing at all. You can worry about the fine details later.  

What if I've never played the piano before?

You're in the right place! Our courses are a fantastic place for you to start even if you've never even sat down at a piano before. We'll teach you everything from how to properly sit at the instrument, to correct finger technique so you don't injure yourself over a long period of time of bad habits. We'll cover everything you need to know to get started on this instrument. And with lifetime access, you can go back to each lesson again and again until you feel comfortable!

What if I'm not satisfied? Can I get my money back?

While we're totally confident that you'll be blown away by this INSANE value, absolutely! We offer a no questions asked 30-day money-back guarantee.

NOTE: Due to limitations of Teachable, our product platform, they do not allow us to refund digital products (ebooks, etc). Courses however, are refundable!

What if I have trouble with some of the material?

It is absolutely completely normal to struggle with various sections of the courses, especially when you're starting from scratch. These courses are designed to be completed again and again as needed. The exercises are not one-and-done in the sense that simply accomplishing them correctly once is enough. They are designed to be used over and over again in a consistent and repetitive practice regimen. Even once you've completed the instructional material, the exercise modules can be used time and time again! This repetition will help ensure that you're able to complete all of the sections over time. They only get easier the more you practice!