About

Hi, I’m Hannah Greiner. I’m a pianist who loves teaching, educating myself on the latest ideas and research in piano and pedagogy, attending concerts, walking in nature, and coffee!

I believe that ANYBODY, whether 5 or 75 years old, who has the desire and motivation can learn how to make music on the piano, and I will do my best to guide you to reach your goals! If you’re interested in completing exam levels, participating in music competitions and festivals, or playing the latest pop song, I can help you!

When I took piano lessons, it was strictly classical, with occasional hymn and popular repertoire. And so, I began to teach the way I was taught, but quickly realized that I didn’t always connect with my students. I started incorporating hands-on activities, games, improvisation, playing pop music from lead sheets, and composition. As a result, my students learned faster and had more fun! I continue to educate myself through conferences, workshops, and follow the latest on creative learning strategies.

Why is this site called pianofortekeys?  Pianoforte is the actual name of the piano!  Piano is Italian for “soft” or “quiet” while forte is Italian for “loud”.  Put together, this encompasses what the piano is capable of in volume levels.    You can think of this site as “the keys of the pianoforte” or “keys to learning the pianoforte” !


Professional Development 

July 2019: Canadian Federation of Music Teachers Association (CFMTA) national conference in Winnipeg, MB

June 2019: Two Speech Arts Lessons with Julia Pal

May 2019: Orff and Whole Body Learning online workshop with Tim Topham

May 2019: Intro to Jazz Standards Online Course with Bradley Sowash

May 2019: Quality of Motion: Lessons in expression from the ballet studio (ORMTA)

April 2019: Pedal Trapwork with Kathy Normandeau (Ontario Guild of Piano Technicians)

March 2019: Ensemble Master Class with Drs. Greg Miller and Lisa Raposa (Canadian Music Centre)

November 2018: Anya Alexeyev Masterclass (Canadian Music Centre)

November 2018: Volunteer at Contemporary Showcase (RCM Toronto)

May 2018: Healthy Piano Technique with Julia Tchernik (ORMTA)

January 2018: Jazz Piano: Kathleen Gorman (ORMTA)

August 2017: Level 9 Harmony 3-day workshop with Joe Ringhofer (ORMTA Mississauga Branch)

March 2017: Music Teachers National Association national conference (Baltimore, MD)

March 2016: Tuning Pin Tightening with Ace Keenan (OGPT at JD Grandt Piano)

October 2015: Tuning with a Temperament with Stephen King and Mark Zillman (OGPT at Robert Lowry Piano)

July 2015: Tales of a Musical Journey 3-day workshop with Irina Gorin (Fishers, IN)

July 2015: Summer Sizzle Pedagogy Conference (Mount Forest, ON)