Teaching and Workshops

Private Lessons

Dr. Michael Finlay is one of the most sought-after piano teachers on Chicago's North Side. His exceptional artistry, combined with his deep expertise in piano technique and injury prevention, creates a uniquely impactful learning experience for students and professionals at all levels. Based in the vibrant East Lakeview neighborhood, Dr. Finlay runs a thriving private studio and is a respected clinician and lecturer. Contact for information about how to set up lessons!


Michael Finlay's award-winning "Pianokeys Academy" seminars have been featured at prestigious institutions such as the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapman University, and many more. He is well-known for his ability to break down complex scientific and anatomical concepts into accessible presentations, providing attendees with actionable strategies to improve their technique. His presentations have earned him multiple awards, including from the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy and the Royal Conservatory of Music. He also hosts a popular YouTube channel, where he explores piano technique, injury prevention, practice methods, and more.
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The cornerstones of Dr. Finlay's philosophy are critical thinking and applied mechanics. He seeks to maximize his impact by synthesizing multiple successful approaches to technique and employing evidence-based strategies rooted in science. This approach yields consistent and profound results. Students emerge with improved facility, control, and teaching skills.


Wonderful! A refreshing and pertinent way to look at keyboard technique!

Lam Wong, Coordinator of Piano Pedagogy Courses, Northwestern University

Amazing teacher! He has the ability to watch a student play and instantly pinpoint the exact thing that is holding them back. He makes it feel easy to play the piano!

Ben Palmer, Student at RPFA Pianokeys Technique Masterclass

These principles have applications far beyond piano. I mentioned to him that I had debilitating pain from using my mouse at work, and he worked with me for 5 minutes to explain exactly what was causing the pain and how to change my set up, and the pain was gone within a week and never returned. This is a very special ability and I am very grateful to him for his help!

Haneen Ammouri, data scientist

Calendar of Workshops and Masterclasses

June 2-9, 2022

Reinhardt Piano Festival and Academy

Technique Seminar and Masterclass

Reinhardt University, Waleska, GA

July 25th, 2022 2:50pm

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp

Injury Prevention Workshop

Twin Lake, MI

September 24th, 2022, 2pm

Walter Payton College Prep

Technique Seminar and Masterclass

Chicago, IL

October 21st, 2022 11:00

Knoxville Music Teacher's Association

Lecture: "Strategies for Preventing Common Playing Injuries"

Knoxville, TN

November 5th 9:00am

Illinois State Music Teacher's Association Convention

Presentation: "Arm Impulses: 3 Approaches"

Eastern Illinois University

January 27th, 2023, 7pm

University of Chicago

Masterclass with Dr. Michael Finlay"

Fulton Hall: University of Chicago, Chicago IL

January 30th, 2023 3pm

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Lecture: "Avoiding Common Injuries at the Piano"

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

February 7th, 1pm

Northwestern University

Presentation: "Using Arm Impulses to Develop Technique in Intermediate Students"

Ryan Center for the Arts: Northwestern University

The Channel

Michael Finlay's Youtube Channel is a rich source of information for all things piano technique. Check it out here!