Duane has more fun teaching piano than should be legal, and that love of piano playing and chords and music in general is contagious. Thousands of piano students down through the years have benefited from his easy-going teaching style in person and through his many videos, audios, and publications.
•Duane is a graduate of Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon with a BS & Masters Degree in Humanities (Music & English literature - a double major) and he is known as "the man who wrote the book" -- since he is the author of over 500 books, CD's and DVD's having to do with all aspects of piano playing.
•But degrees and education means nothing without the ability to teach so that the student can UNDERSTAND and then APPLY what he or she understands. Take one course and you'll immediately see for yourself why Duane's DVD and CD courses are "one of a kind" -- they actually get you UNDERSTANDING music.
•Keyboard Workshop was established in 1965 to help piano players of all levels enhance their piano playing ability though the use of chords, styles, rhythms, runs, fills and other strategies. So we've been around the block a couple times, and we know what works!
•Duane started teaching in the Sacramento, California area in the early 60's, teaching both kids and adults in their homes. As he would drive from home to home he would listen to instructional cassettes in his VW bug, learning more and more about music and teaching.
•In 1966 he & Bev and his 2 children moved to Oregon where he resumed teaching both as a "route teacher" and then later opened his own piano teaching studio named "Piano University" featuring a network of electronic keyboards with headsets for both group and private teaching. The photo on the right shows two of Duane's students (one of which is Garin, his son) along with two of his teachers, Diane & Paul. Soon after that he established PlayPiano to make his courses available nationwide, and later worldwide.