Yet for reasons unknown, the New Age music scene died a quiet death shortly thereafter.
But now, New Age music is making a comeback. Thanks in no small part to the efforts of piano teacher and pianist Edward Weiss.
Weiss runs a website that teaches, you guessed it - New Age piano. And according to Weiss, the site keeps growing and currently has over 1100 members.
Here’s what this ‘New Age’ pianist and teacher has to say about it:
“I’ve always loved music that tries to describe the natural world. New Age music is really the impressionist music of our time. Many adults would love to create in this style but think they can’t because they can’t improvise - a necessary requirement for New Age piano playing. But I teach a simple method that allows them to just sit down and play.”
The course Edward Weiss teaches now has over 150 lessons and comes with a free workbook. Weiss, who also has a listing on Steinway's roster of teachers says he knew teaching New Age piano was what he wanted to do as soon as he was able to connect his digital piano to a computer some 15 years ago.
“Back in 2000 or so I tried to hook up my Roland digital piano to an old Dell computer. To my surprise, it worked and I’ve been teaching online ever since.”
Weiss is currently offering a complete piano course at his website. Available at http://www.Quiescencemusic.com