Entertaining piano videos
February 12, 2020 1:36 PM   Subscribe

I'm looking for fun and interesting videos involving piano or keyboard to show in my general music class.

For some reason I'm having a hard time searching youtube for they type of video I'm looking for. I'm hoping to find videos that are fun, inspiring, or involve displays of showmanship. They could also be about how a piano is constructed or how it works mechanically. Just stuff to get them interested and give examples of what a piano can do! I'm looking for videos that are about 3-7 minutes long and are appropriate for fifth graders.

When we were working on ukulele, the kids loved this video, and they loved this one when we were talking about instruments of the orchestra.
posted by Kicky to Media & Arts (7 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Circus Galop is a piano piece written with player pianos in mind, but that didn't stop a group of young players putting together their own version - five players, one piano, juggling balls, pianists lying on the floor, blindfolds, total chaos.
posted by Paragon at 1:47 PM on February 12

Kids may also enjoy extended piano techniques that involve skipping the keyboard and playing the piano strings directly - either percussing them or running a cord along the strings to play the piano like a violin.
posted by Paragon at 2:12 PM on February 12

Don't stop 'til you get enough Jacob Collier.
posted by emelenjr at 2:16 PM on February 12

Can You Hear the Difference Between Cheap and Expensive Pianos?
Talking Piano
That fellow's channel has lots of piano and other music-related videos.
posted by subocoyne at 2:17 PM on February 12

I found this fascinating. It's piano + computer, and I think it qualifies as inspirational. The whole thing is 20 minutes but you could pick a favorite part.

Dan Tepfer Natural Machines on Tiny Desk
posted by kochenta at 2:46 PM on February 12

The Piano Guys!

Also The 5 Browns. (content warning: searching for this group on youtube brings up news stories mentioning sexual abuse in the title).
posted by oceano at 5:14 PM on February 12

Chico Marx is always a blast. There are many videos of him playing on youtube.

Harpo was fun too.

Liberace played typewriter keyboard.

Victor Borge also did some funny piano performances.
posted by FencingGal at 5:16 PM on February 12 [1 favorite]

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