Piano Startup Academy

Learn how to start playing piano the fun and easy way

with my unique blend of stress-melting, re-watchable video tutorials and weekly LIVE support sessions to keep you motivated and on track.

Ready for a completely different approach to learning to play the piano?

One that would horrify your childhood piano teacher and also:

  • Have you playing songs like John Lennon and George Ezra in just a few weeks.
  • Have you craving piano time when you want to de-stress and unwind.
  • Have you in-demand at future parties as you delight your friends and family with snippets of everyone's favourite songs.
  • Set you up with all of the foundations you need to go on and learn whatever songs you want to.

NO Scales

NO Nursery Rhymes

No Classical Music (unless you want to)

I can't believe how easy you make it seems. I've been wrapped up in my traumatic piano lessons as a kid to get any further forward. It all makes so much sense when you say it.


- Beverley

Introducing Piano Startup Academy

A library of bite-sized videos to walk you through from your first notes to playing a selection of great songs in 90 days or less.

An approach that only asks you to find 15 minutes a day, not hours

Live support, Q&A sessions, and personalised feedback in your private members community means you’re supported every step of the way

I’m so confident that this program will work for you, I’m making this an easy yes with a 30 Day Get Going Guarantee

Playing the piano has never been more important than now

The power of music is liberating. It’s fun to listen to…

 ...but making your own music...even if you’re only playing your first few notes

 ...will free you from the weight of your daily thoughts

I know you’ve thought about learning to play many times before and decided to put it off until “later”.

When you have more time, when your kids leave home or when you retire.

But you can enjoy 15 minutes of stress relieving music making right now

With an extra boost of joy when someone passes by and exclaims, “Wow you can play that!”

There's an easy solution with the Piano Startup Academy!

On-demand Video Lessons

You can rewatch as many times as you need so you really can learn at your own pace

Regular Live Sessions

Q&A sessions to get real-time feedback from me, whenever you need it

Vault of Beginner Lessons

Designed to be learned in bite-sized chunks, so you only need 15 minutes a day

Wondering how on-demand videos compare to in-person lessons?

  • When you have an in person lesson, sometimes it is hard to see exactly what your teacher is doing.
  • You have to ask them repeatedly to show you again. Which can make you feel uncomfortable.
  • And sometimes you leave and you still don’t really understand.

With on-demand video lessons you can hit the rewind button when you need to watch something again. You don't need to worry about testing someone's patience or feeling a bit stupid.

Online piano lessons Mark Deeks Piano Startup Academy
Online piano lessons Mark Deeks Piano Startup Academy

You can learn at your own pace. And because we have weekly live Q&A calls and the opportunity to ask for personal feedback, you’ll never feel stuck again.

After four weeks I've made more progress than I could ever imagined.


- Lylie

You can start straight away with your choice of 2 payment options:


One payment of £495



£165 per month for 3 months


Let’s bust through the myths keeping your piano playing daydreams stuck - click to see why they're just... not... true!

I don't have time

This is no ordinary piano program. I actively encourage AGAINST playing more than 15 minutes at a time (unless your goal is to become a professional pianist). You only need the same amount of time it takes to have a decent cuppa. 

I don’t want to play nursery rhymes

You shouldn’t have to play childish nursery rhymes before you play the music you love. I want you playing songs as fast as possible.

Scales sound so boring 

You can learn to play the piano without learning scales. There, I said it. Learning scales first is like learning all of the verbs in a foreign language before you learn how to speak a sentence. I know I’ve said this already but unless you’re planning to tour the world as a concert pianist, you don't need to lose hours mastering your scales.

I don’t have an instrument

While not technically a myth...this might be ‘I can’t afford an instrument right now’. The good news is you need way less than you might think. I can recommend new electric keyboards from £200 to get you going or you could get a second hand piano. Send me a message tonight with your budget and your postcode and I’ll send you some options. Don’t let perfection hold you back. You don’t need a high spec instrument to have fun. 

I know that playing the piano is the sanctuary that so many of us seek

And that I celebrate every time someone rediscovers their love of making music. Not just listening, but physically producing those sounds with their own fingers and feet. And I’m excited to listen when you sit down and play… ...because you will be playing parts of your favourite songs within the next 90 days.

Here's exactly what you'll get:

STACK #1 Building the foundations

Build up the skills you need to start playing confidently.

  • Master playing with TWO hands with The Hand Co-ordination Course.
  • Learn how to confidently start reading music with 12 bite-sized videos that will stop you developing bad habits
  • Start playing chords like a pro with the Conquer Beginner Course Course
  • Play everything from George Ezra to Elvis with 12 in-depth song tutorials designed to give you quick wins.
  • Personalised feedback from me when you share videos of you playing.
  • Weekly live accountability + Q&A calls so you can get all the support you need.
  • Lifetime access to all videos.
  • Have your hand held through the first stage of your piano journey with 90 days full access to my That Piano Guy Club community.

STACK #2 Taking your playing to the next level

Build healthy habits to easily integrate playing piano into your daily life. You can watch these at the same time as Stack #1.

  • Learn how to build your daily habit with the How To Fit Learning To Play Piano Into 15 Minutes a Day Workshop and the downloadable habit tracker PDF
  • Explore different music styles with the How To Start Playing The Blues Workshop
  • Learn some useful tech with the sheet music apps I use in my See My Kit Workshop
  • Get 5 more quick wins including Fallen by Alicia Keys and Walking in Memphis by Mark Cohn in the Quickfire Piano Hooks Workshop
  • Lean how to stop scales being boring (...and learn loads from them) in the How to Stop Scales Being Boring Workshop

Two unmissable bonuses!


Get a One to One 15 Minute Piano Mindset Call with me when you join so you can have some personalised motivation just for you.


Signed copy of "NOT Another Piano Book: How Everything That Stopped You Playing Like a Piano Legend So Far... Shouldn't!" with FREE shipping anywhere in the world.

The 30 Day Get Going Guarantee

I’m so confident that this program will work for you, I’m making this an easy yes.

Join now and you’ll get 30 days to test out the lessons and the community, and if at the end of this you don’t feel like you’ve grasped the basics, we can undo this little experiment and you’ll get a full refund.

Learning to play the piano has given me the sense of achievement and pride. Here I am actually playing something recognisable. And what a great feeling that is!


- Susan

Who am I to rewrite the way you learn to play piano?

Hey, I’m Mark but you may know me as #ThatPianoGuy or the guy with a PhD in heavy metal (yes, really).

I started teaching piano when I was 15, and since then I’ve spent almost 30 years working in the music industry. I’ve led musicians for the BBC, Disney & Gareth Malone. I’ve worked with musicians playing black metal one day and an orchestra the next.

And working with different styles of music every day, I noticed something interesting...

Everything that music can give us sometimes gets lost when we learn the “traditional” way.

I strip out the unnecessary steps and language to make music more accessible. I take the soul of the music you love and use my improved method to teach beginners how to make great music and love the process. I’ve tested and perfected this in both the community choirs I lead and in the online piano lessons I teach.

Click to see the answers to questions future piano legends often ask before they join

Is my keyboard ok for this?

The short answer is yes. You may have a 61 note keyboard lying around your house and this is fine, there is one song where you’ll run out of keys, but there are eleven more for you to practice. Don’t hold back just because your equipment isn't perfect. Get started, and then upgrade when you’re ready. 

If you want to buy a new keyboard now, hit reply to the purchase confirmation email with your budget and I’ll send you some links to my favourites.

If your keyboard has 88 notes, then yes. This is the size I always recommend.

What can I really learn in 90 days?

I’ve taught piano for 30 years and in 90 days you can really start establishing what it takes to get you playing confidently. In 90 days you’ll not be a concert pianist but you'll have made a great start to starting to play how you want to. Plus you'll have played a bunch of 12 or more songs you know, love and recognise.

Can’t I just learn this on YouTube?

You can learn anything on YouTube. But you’ll never know if it’s a random teenager sitting in his bedroom in Germany (no offence Germany!) You’ll never know if the information is correct, or whether they are teaching you bad habits. And there is no continuity of learning, so one lesson does not naturally fit into another.

It's the equivalent of sticking your hand in the laundry basket and hoping you’ll pull out a full outfit.

Plus the info only flows in one direction - you don't get the community or the weekly access to me to troubleshoot any of your challenges.

Can I access the lessons after the 90 days?

You’ll get lifetime access to all of the lessons, workshops and downloads. You’ll also get lifetime access to any new classes and resources added to the program. 

Access to the LIVE Q&A and personalised feedback from me is for 90 days, although there is the option to extend this for a small monthly subscription at the end of the 90 days if you find you still want support.

Now we’ve cleared these mindset blocks, let's start your piano journey!

Still Undecided?

Piano Startup Academy is perfect for you if…

  • You’re just getting started with the piano and you want to do it right
  • You learned piano as a kid and want to pick it back up again
  • You tried traditional lessons and they didn't work for you
  • You want to be able to re-watch lessons in your own time
  • You want to unwind and relax doing something you enjoy and look forward to
  • You want to be part of a community of people learning piano
  • You can find just 15 minutes a day to play (that’s all it takes)
  • You feel confident knowing that you’ve got 30 full days to test this out before you make the final decision.

If you found yourself nodding your head to at least 5 of these then I’ll meet you inside Piano Startup Academy.

This is stress free, travel free, judgement and expectation free, work at your own pace and repeat at leisure way of playing the piano


- Alwyn

Start your piano journey now with the Piano Startup Academy

Learn to play confidently and destress at the same time! And there's also 30 Day Get Going Guarantee!

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