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Learn To Play Gospel Music On The Piano The Contemporary Way.
Our interactive training community features over 1,007 lessons, 2,129 videos, audio backing tracks, pdf guides, midi files, and more.
Created for all skill levels, especially total beginners.
Starts from scratch. Extends to advanced players.
Designed to work at your own pace. Slow or fast.
Learn praise, worship, CCM, urban, and traditional styles.
Tired of Feeling All Alone?
Tired of Feeling All Alone?
Most students find us after hitting their heads against a wall on Youtube. Unfortunately, random videos can only get you so far. We provide a step-by-step curriculum made specifically for gospel music, by gospel musicians.
Solution: The Right Information In The Right Order
For 21 years, we've given music learners the tools and resources they need to learn many styles of gospel music, while enjoying the process.
Comprehensive 9-Hour A-Z "Foundations of Gospel Music" Course
Featuring 5 sections, 35 lessons, guides, and more.
Weekly Song Lessons
Songs are the final result. We provide over 1,000 song lessons to apply what you learn.
Full Course Library
Courses feature a series of related lessons. Examples include "Chord Cardio," "Song Stamina," "Musician Breakthrough," and more.
Daily Community Chats
Our expert faculty is available for audio, video, and text chats daily. Meet other members too!
Backing Tracks, Midi Files, Sheet Music, & More
Additional tools to help you practice, discover new chords, and retain knowledge.
No experience or prior training needed. Starts from scratch.
No weekly lesson fees that add up to thousands of dollars per year.
Log in 24/7 and learn at your own pace, in the comfort of your own home.
Over 2,000 hours of lessons to take you from from beginner to advanced level.
No Experience Needed
The training platform was designed for starters, intermediate, and advanced players. Grow in as little as 30 minutes a day.
The Secrets of Pro Musicians Revealed
Play The Latest Contemporary Songs
Put the knowledge you learn to use with guided tutorials of the latest songs, taught by professionals.
Learn The Hottest Chords
Get insight into how professional gospel musicians voice their chords to sound lush and full.
Understand What You're Playing
Learn the names of the chords and patterns you're playing so you can communicate with other musicians.
Play With A Band
Transition to playing with a full band by learning two-hand chord voicings and not playing the bass.
Don't Take Our Word For It
Years teaching music online.
Students since beginning.
It's More Than A Hobby, Isn't It?
This is about your gospel playing, and if you're like any of our other students, it means everything to you, too. This is not just another hobby but a God-given purpose. That is why we created the Gospel Music Training Center.
This is the resource that will save you years of trial and error, hundreds of dollars in time and lessons, and even embarrassment. It is where learners unite with a common goal of playing the music that expresses their spirituality.
What if there was one place to learn everything you need to know about gospel music along side thousands of other learners?
Introducing The Gospel Music Training Center 2.0
The Gospel Music Training Center is your answer to years of struggling and wishing you had a step-by-step process to learn the music you love. It is designed by professional gospel musicians for students who want to focus specifically on gospel music. Unlike other programs that may feature a small sample of gospel lessons, our platform is gospel-centric and loaded with thousands of hours of lessons featuring all church styles, from A to Z.
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Here’s What You’ll Get When You Sign Up
There are so many helpful areas of the Gospel Music Training Center. From the courses department, to the weekly lessons, from the downloads center to the live chat, you'll have everything you need to get started or take your playing to the next level.
Huge Song Lesson Library
Over 1,000 gospel songs in all 12 keys! Classics, traditional, contemporary, CCM, choir, seasonal, and more!
Multiple File Downloads
Download mp3, mp4, midi file, backing track (drums, bass, auxiliaries), sheet music, and more!
Organ lessons with virtual keyboards that show upper/lower registers AND the bass pedal!
Daily Zoom Classes (Monday - Friday)
Optionally, you can come on with students around the world and learn from our expert faculty, daily.
Lesson Example By Skill Level
One Song... Four Levels
(Starter to Advanced)
Here's How It Works
Lessons Start With Instructor Playing The Song/Example.
This ensures you understand the end result of the lesson - to have you sounding just as professional as the example!
each lesson covers The Key center & Number System.
This is the road map of the song. By establishing the key and the number system, you'll retain the patterns at work in the song.
All Chords & Progressions Are taken apart.
No chord is left uncovered. Everything is repeated multiple times and the virtual keyboard and midi download make sure you never miss a beat!
Here’s what members are saying about the platform
This is beautifully created. I wish I knew about this years ago, but am glad to know about it now. Thank you for all of your hard work.
I love the plan and how all courses are structured! It helps me understand music theory and practice it immediately.
Thanks to GMTC for this step by step plan of learning to play gospel piano. I have learned so much already, and I am looking to learn more each day.
24/7 Access To The Largest Gospel Platform
Access to the #1 gospel piano resource on the web for 21+ years.
1000+ Hours of Lessons
Instantly access weekly piano and organ lessons, and more.
Community & Fellowship
Connect with gospel lovers around the world instantly.
Interaction & Accountability
Track your progress and identify your strengths and weaknesses with our interactive quizzes.
All Skill Levels
From introductory material to mind-blowing, world-renowned guest expert lessons. A-Z.
Develop a strong understanding of core concepts and techniques for playing gospel music.
All Gospel Styles
From hymns, traditional, and praise styles to worship, contemporary, urban, CCM, and more.
Incentives & Rewards
Earn reward points, download free products, and receive unbelievable discounts.
150+ Years Of Experience
Our expert faculty has a combined 150+ years of experience in not only playing but teaching.
You're Not On Your Own...
Join Our Zoom Support Classes Daily
You're joining a family that wants you to succeed. Classes hosted by Dr. Onye.
Gospel Music Training Center Courses
In addition to 1,000+ weekly video lessons, here are just a few of the many available courses:
"The Foundations Of Gospel Music" Course
This is our flagship program that breaks down the language of music into 5 sections and 35 lessons starting at notes, scales, intervals, triads, seventh and extended chords, progressions, key determination, melody, harmony, ear-training, and more. After this course, you'll have a solid understanding of how music works.
"Chord Cardio" Practice Series
This program does for musicians what cardio training does for athletes - it works the fingers to build coordination, speed, dexterity, and independence. You'll enjoy following your coach, setting your timer, and practicing chord movements as you build solid habits. This is a must.
"Song Stamina" Practice Series
This course takes it a step further and helps you to practice chord progressions that are found in real songs. Similar to Chord Cardio, this is a bootcamp that takes you through 10 speed levels of different challenging rhythmical examples. Starting at turtle speed, you'll work your way up the speed ladder with your coach until you're proficient at playing not only quickly but accurately.
"GospelKeys Core Essentials" Classic Series
If you've ever wondered what it will take for you to start from scratch and ultimately be able to play a full church service without having to rely or hide behind other musicians, the GospelKeys Core Essential Series is the answer. Created by our Founder almost 20 years ago, this classic series covers every aspect of the church service. It does it in an easy-to-understand, basic way without getting too advanced or complex. A typical church service consists of these core elements: 1) hymns and congregational songs, 2) charismatic praise songs, 3) slow worship, and 4) uptempo shouting music. This series methodically covers each part.
"Musician Xplosion" Advanced Series
For our experienced students, Musician Xplosion features 10 expert musicians covering the 10 dimensions of the church service in all 12 keys. In each section chapter, you'll get the opportunity to learn one of the dimensions (praise, shouting, transitional/talk, traditional/hymns, preacher backup, offering/fellowship, occasional music, contemporary christian music, and wildcard - anything of their choice). Randomly chosen, each musician got assigned a church style and a key and the result is an advanced course that covers every style and every key!
Joining Today Comes With $145.00 In Bonuses
Get access to the training platform, as well as the following software programs we've designed over the years to make learning fun and easy.
Song Tutor is your secret weapon for learning all your favorite songs on the internet. Access tens of thousands of songs with the click of a button.
With Song Tutor, finding and learning your favorite songs is a web search away. $47.00 value, FREE.
This innovative tool does for music what the calculator does for math.
Use it to transpose any scale, chord, or progression into all 12 keys, instantly! Save time, eliminate headaches, and make the most use of your practice sessions, starting today. $39.00 value, FREE.
The 12 Key Challenge
If the ultimate goal is playing in church, then the 12 Key Challenge is a must. It features a starter, beginner, and intermediate song that you'll be taught in all 12 keys.
You'll practice it and when you're ready, you'll submit your video for rewards. The ultimate goal is to master all three levels in all 12 keys. $59.00 value, FREE.
Our Awesome Team
HearAndPlay.com and The Gospel Music Training Center team are dedicated to your success.
Director since 2008
Musicologist since 2014
Manager Since 2005
Founder since 2000
Members All Over The World Agree That The Gospel Music Training Center Is World-Class
Grammy-Nominated Gospel Artist
"I think it’s phenomenal!"
I am so very ecstatic about Hear and Play. It is a wonderful company! Jermaine Griggs is absolutely a genius, teaching people all over the country how to play gospel music on the keyboard, by ear! I think it’s phenomenal!
Comedian & Actor
"I'll be doing concerts soon!"
I'll be doing concerts soon because of this program. If not, I'll go to Russia and become a singer by a different name!
"GMTC will take you to the next level!"
GMTC education gives you the tools to not only make your songs sound better but help you to be more creative with your music. Whether you are a beginner or more advanced, the music education from GMTC will take you to the next level.
A University Music Education For Pennies
Classical and jazz musicians go on to pay universities tens of thousands of dollars to further their education. And most will say it was well worth the investment to bring their musical dreams to life.
With gospel music, the problem is there are very little programs that can equip you with the knowledge and experience to survive in a charismatic church. Learning the classical styles of Beethoven and Bach don't end with you playing holy ghost-filled music. These are church traditions passed down from generations that classical educators will never understand or be able to teach.
If you are blessed enough to find a musician who is not only talented at playing authentic gospel music but can teach it effectively, lessons may range $30-50 per session. If you attend weekly, this can add up to $1,500 - $2,600 a year.
The Gospel Music Training Center not only saves you an incredible amount of money, but you can log on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Your instructors are alway available to "rewind." Plus, you get access to world-renowned gospel musicians who are ready, willing, and able to teach you authentic, church music and daily chat support and fellowship.
This is the Gospel Music Training Center Advantage and we can't wait to welcome you into our doors.
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100% Satisfaction Guarantee for 30 Days
Whether you choose the annual or monthly plan, your decision is covered by our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.
What this means is if you're not absolutely happy with your membership for any reason during the first 30 days, just let us know by simply pressing the HELP button, and we'll refund your entire investment, no questions asked.
And of course, at any time, you can cancel the program and not be billed any further. There are no obligations to remain subscribed. It's always your decision.
Take A Tour
The Founder walks through the training platform.
Don’t wait! Look at what students have to say about the program...
"The Gospel Music Training Center is worth every single dime. I have spent a lot of money on a whole lot of hype and only received a quarter of what others promised. With this program, there is no hype. You get every single thing they say you're going to get, and more! I'm now able to figure out the key of a song, its chord patterns, and how to voice many chords. I thank the Lord for sending me to this great company."
"I'm a retired mathematics professor, and became interested in music when I was young. When I got to college, however, I put it aside and always dreamed of having a dedicated teacher that would show me the theory, hand movements, and techniques to a full sound. I discovered that with the Gospel Music Training Center."
"I could play songs, pick up tunes, and a had a great ear, but I didn't know what I was playing, and most importantly, why. I always wanted to learn more but it was very difficult finding the appropriate training for this genre of music. As a lifetime member of GMTC, I am now getting the music education I've always wanted. This has been the answer I've been looking for."
Frequently Asked Questions
The Gospel Music Training Center was designed with the starter in mind. This is a level we designate right before "beginner" and take the time to introduce you to the notes on the piano, how they're named, their relationship and shape, memory aides, and more.
Simply put, you need no prior experience to join the Gospel Music Training Center. When you log in, the "Foundations of Gospel Music" course will be waiting to take you from the very beginning.
If you're experienced already, there are hundreds of lessons and courses waiting for you to take you to the next level. This platform covers it, A-Z.
Our program is designed to have you playing simple one-fingered melody and basic chord songs within 8 weeks.
You'll be playing major scales, while working on your coordination and dexterity, within a couple weeks. Depending on your commitment level, you can move on to playing full-sounding songs in as early as a few months.
Much of it will not depend on the knowledge, as learning chords and patterns are easy concepts to grasp. The challenge is making your fingers do what your mind knows. This takes time and repetition.
Since the program is self-paced, some students find themselves soaking up the material like a sponge and progressing at an accelerated pace. These are the students who typically dedicate hours a day to practicing.
Other students who do this as hobby, progress at a pace that would have them playing a variety of songs competently in 6-12 months.
There are many courses featured inside the training center. Here is the overview of the "Foundations of Gospel Music" course.
Chapter 1: Fundamental Fluency
- Lesson 1: Introduction
- Lesson 2: Note names, sharps/flats, whole steps and half steps, 12 keys goals
- Lesson 3: Major scales, relative minor, minor scales
- Lesson 4: Number System
- Lesson 5: Intervals & Distance
- Lesson 6: Mastery Summary
Chapter 2: Chordal Command
- Lesson 1: Introduction
- Lesson 2: Chord Quality vs Quantity
- Lesson 3: Diminished vs Augmented Chords
- Lesson 4: Chord Inversions
- Lesson 5: Chord Classes
- Lesson 6: Seventh Chord Voicings
- Lesson 7: Ninth Chord Voicings
- Lesson 8: Eleventh Chord Voicings
- Lesson 9: Thirteenth Chord Voicings
Lesson 10: Common Altered Chords
Lesson 11: Master Summary
Chapter 3: Pattern Proficiency
- Lesson 1: Introduction
- Lesson 2: Diatonic Chords
- Lesson 3: Circle of Fifths, Circular Movement
- Lesson 4: Stepwise Motion and Other Patterns
- Lesson 5: Common Circular Progressions
- Lesson 6: Common Advanced Progressions
- Lesson 7: Transposition and Learning All 12 Keys
- Lesson 8: The Art of Fancy Chords (Placement)
- Lesson 9: Mastery Summary
Chapter 4: Song Solidity
- Lesson 1: Introduction
- Lesson 2: Using Harmony And Combining Common Patterns To Play Songs
- Lesson 3: From Basic to Advanced: Learning Song From Scratch
- Lesson 4: Advanced Song Approaches
- Lesson 5: Master Summary
Chapter 5: Ear Efficiency
- Lesson 1: Introduction
- Lesson 2: Mastering Chord Qualities and Common Movements
- Lesson 3: Mastering Scale Tones, Passing Chords, and Other Movements
- Lesson 4: Master Summary
Get instant access to this entire 35-lesson "Foundations of Gospel Music" course when you enroll in the Gospel Music Training Center. As soon as you log-in, click on "COURSES > FOUNDATIONS" at the top of the page to begin your first lesson!
While the training center is not made specifically for children, we have several parents and grandparents that enroll children who show an interest in playing gospel music.
They have typically tried classical music lessons and found a disinterest in learning such styles. Once in the Gospel Music Training Center, things finally clicked for their children and enthusiasm returned.
It is ideal for an adult to help facilitate the process by understanding the Student Guide and helping the child to navigate through the lessons. As long as the child is showing interest and progressing at an acceptable rate, the program will work for them.
Our founder began playing gospel music at 8 years old and started playing in his first church at 12 years old, so there is definitely no minimum age requirement to learn gospel music.
The desire, independence, and maturity level of the child will determine how successful they'll be with the curriculum.
Because the program is self-paced, this depends entirely on you.
At 30 minutes a day, you can get through the "Foundations of Gospel Music" course in a couple months. At an hour a day, you can cut this time in half.
As the Gospel Music Training Center hosts 1,000+ lessons, this is only the beginning. You'll then graduate to playing one-fingered melody songs, then basic chord songs, and finally to full-sounding songs.
The more time you're able to dedicate, the faster you'll progress. But at a minimum of 30 minutes a day, you'll see great success in your first year. 1-2 hours is ideal for accelerated progress.
If you want to be a professional some day, consider the 10,000 hour rule. That's how much time experts and professionals have given to their craft to get to the master level.
While some lessons feature sheet music pdf files, our focus is on getting you to understand the language of music, similar to speaking.
Music has its own rules, grammar, and systems, and once you learn to use them, you'll be playing as fluently as you speak. You'll understand the patterns at work that repeat themselves in song after song.
In essence, we're pattern-focused as opposed to sheet music-focused. In the charismatic churches that our members come from, there is no time for sheet music. Musicians must be in tune with what they know and able to flow at a second's notice. This is the goal, whether you want to play in church or just in the comfort of your own home.
We tried to make the tuition very reasonable compared to private, one-on-one lessons, which can cost $1,000 - $2,000+ a year.
We are a team of professionals with a large recording facility in Southern California, so our monthly and annual tuitions reflect operating expenses.
If you'd like to save money, the annual option is the best because not only do you save 20% off the monthly rate, but you don't have to keep up with regular payments. Plus, with our current incentive, you save even more!
If you must do monthly payments, keep in mind that there are no obligations or commitments and you can cancel at any time. Another option is to freeze your membership for 3 or 6 months, absolutely free, which keeps your account in tact when you return.
If you have any further finance questions, please reach out to help @ hearandplay.com.
The Gospel Music Training Center has hundreds of hours of lessons dedicated to experienced players who just need more ideas to spark their creativity.
We not only feature advanced, two-hand chord voicing versions of most song lessons (so you can play with a band), but we bring in world-renowned gospel musicians like Jason White, Michael Bereal, David Jackson, Eddie Brown, and others to share their approaches to music.
Simply put, there will be no lack of material to keep you busy.
Youtube has been a wonderful invention of our generation and there is a lot to be learned on there.
The problem with trying to learn something as vast and rich as music is that you're getting random lessons in the wrong order.
One author said, "The goal for accomplishing anything is to be doing the right things, at the right time, in the right order." Youtube gives you great things at the wrong time, in the wrong order. You're left with a few things you can do, but no true path to your desired result.
Random Youtube videos can only get you so far. It's time to learn from a step-by-step curriculum made specifically for gospel students - by gospel musicians.
That's totally fine. You can cancel within the first 30 days and receive a full refund.
Even after the first 30 days, you can remain a member for as little or as long as you want. There are no obligations or commitments and you can cancel your membership at any time.
Absolutely. Every lesson and course we offer can be downloaded to your computer. File formats include mp4 (video), mp3 (audio), and even pdf and midi on hundreds of select lessons.
If you ever choose to leave or pause access to the training center, these lessons are yours to keep forever, as long as you've downloaded them to your own computer or device.
Our company was founded on dvd lessons in the year 2000 and we've shipped hundreds of thousands of discs around the world.
But times have changed and dvds are a dying media. Most new computers and laptops come without a dvd drive.
While we still have an inventory of dvds and ship them to members who upgrade or request them, the training center is 100% online. At some point, our dvd inventory will cease to exist.
Not only can you stream any lesson online but you can download and store the files offline on your computer for quick access. Whether you're at home or away, you can always log into the training center and study from anywhere, at any time.
These are the benefits of digital learning
While we're an online company that services thousands of students at once, the program has several personal features to ensure your success.
The daily chat is a resource you can log on every evening with other members and get help. It is hosted by our expert faculty.
Every two weeks, we offer a formal "Live Q&A session" with all faculty where you can ask questions and get detailed answers. These sessions are recorded and over a decade of replays are available in the archives.
Lastly, if you really need one-on-one assistance, we offer our VIP Coaching Program that allows you to take group and private Zoom lessons with our faculty. While this is not included in the base membership, it is an upgrade you might consider.
All software programs run on both Windows PC and Mac.
On Windows PC, we offer a 64-bit and 32-bit version, which takes care of most operating systems after Windows XP.
On Mac, it will work on 10.8 and later, which now encompasses 90%+ users.
Unfortunately, these do not come on mobile or tablet devices yet. If you do not have a desktop or laptop computer, you can still benefit greatly from the core video training, which is 95% of the platform.
Absolutely! Hundreds of our lessons come with backing tracks that you can download and practice with. They feature bass, drums, guitar, and sometimes horns/strings.
This makes practicing songs fun and fulfilling. Just look for the "TRACK" icon located next to lessons or filter using our search tool. Here's an example of a backing track of the same lesson we featured earlier on this page.
Sure, here are previews of a few advanced lessons. Full lessons tend to be 40-60 minutes long and break down every chord and progression in the song.
A Note From The Founder
When I started HearAndPlay.com over 20 years ago, I envisioned it impacting students all around the world.
Not only has it surpassed my wildest dreams, having served over 100,000 people in 103+ countries, but we continue to help new students from all walks of life, reach their God-given potential to be musicians.
We look forward to helping you do the same. But the first step is to have faith in the process. Take the first step. We'll meet you on the next, and the next.
And soon, you'll be surprising not only family and friends on what you're able to play, but yourself. There's nothing like making yourself proud. I can't wait.