ARCT (perf), BMus (perf w distinction), BCRMT
Hi I'm Linda Gould
I'm a pianist, author, educator, mom and grandmother. Calgary, Canada was my home town and I had the fortune to debut with the Mount Royal College orchestra at the age of eleven, under the baton of J.S. Bach (great-great-etc grand nephew of the famous Bach).
I am the author of Play Piano Chords Today. PPCT is a piano method for teens and adults who want to play current music and learn it quickly (less notes, more music!). I love teaching private and group piano, conducting workshops and classes for teachers, and inspiring students to share their joy of music by playing for each other at my famous Musical Matinees.
I studied with a number of inspiring teachers in both classical and jazz disciplines including Robin Wood, Peter Turner, Randy Halberstadt, Georgy Sebok, Karel Roessingh and Lynne McNeil. In 2015 I was awarded Tech Teacher of the Year at the national CFMTA conference in Vancouver.
Over the past 40 years I've enjoyed performing and teaching all over the world. Performances include solo piano, concertos with orchestras, chamber music, jazz combos and 2-piano concerts with Dave and with my dragonfly sister Sue Gould. Most recently, in 2021, I was invited to perform in the First International Stretto Piano Festival with my new narrow digital piano keys!
My current goal is to work with as many teachers as possible to spread the style of teaching that supports creativity and current music.
Linda with her husband, Dave Paulson
Sue and Linda Gould
History of Play Piano Chords Today
In 2004 Linda, with her husband Dave Paulson, owned 3 Yamaha piano stores (complete with music schools) on beautiful Vancouver Island. PBS started to run Play Piano In A Flash shows which created a demand from customers for a chording course. As none existed at a beginner level and demand was high, Linda put together an 8 - 16 week piano course for adults. A binder full of loose sheets evolved into a professionally bound course and was soon followed by a Level 2 book. Several teachers attended a Play Piano Today workshop and began to teach the course privately and semi-privately with great success. It was then Linda realized that classically trained teachers could teach chording successfully by following the detailed instructions in the method books. They also added to their own enjoyment of music by looking at chords through new eyes. They learn to think like a chord player! Recently online videos were added for an even better experience.
A newspaper article ran in the Victoria Times Colonist in 2007 and the phones at the piano store and at the Victoria Conservatory of Music rang off the hook! So many people called that an emergency meeting was called to deal with the demand. We learned first-hand that adults want to play the piano and they loved playing with piano chords!
During the 2020/2021 pandemic I finally found the time to create the online courses I have always wanted to create. Music is a language and best learned watching someone else and mimicking. Piano lessons give us wonderful instruction and guidance. During the other 6 days wouldn't it be great to play along with an expert?