CORE CURRICULUM SERIES FOR PIANO ACCORDION. If you’re a beginner or have a tiny bit of experience with the accordion (and want to make sure you’re doing it right) this course is for you!

In this course we teach you a very unique way to read music, you’ll get an introduction to basic rhythms, learn what the #1 rule is for the bellows, learn standard bass patterns used in many songs, and produce quality sound.

By the end of the course, you’ll have a whole list of different songs with different styles that you will be able to play like a pro!

• Grade Level 1
• 50 Videos
• Digital Player
• Sheet Music Included

How to Play the Piano Accordion with Patricia Bartell
Online Accordion Lessons


Core Curriculum Series | Level 1 for the Piano Accordion.  In this Level 1 course of the Piano Accordion Series we teach you what the #1 rule is for the bellows, standard bass patterns used in many songs, and how to produce quality sound. You’ll learn a very unique way to read music and get an introduction to basic rhythms.  By the end of the course, you’ll have a whole list of different songs with different styles that you will be able to play like a pro!  • 50 Videos • Sheet Music Included



Unit 1: Getting Ready (2 videos) Unit 8: Major Chords (6 videos)
Unit 2: Rhythm (3 videos) Unit 9: Early Morning Time (5 videos)
Unit 3: Airborne (3 videos) Unit 10: It’s How You Think (5 videos)
Unit 4: The Left Hand (2 videos) Unit 11: On The Journey (4 videos)
Unit 5: The Other Side (3 videos) Unit 12: Stepping In (5 videos)
Unit 6: Keyboard Action (3 videos) Unit 13: Going Higher (5 videos)
Unit 7: I Believe (4 videos) Unit 14: Celebrate (5 videos)


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 Your Accordion Teacher: Patricia Bartell

Accordion Teacher Patricia BartellPatricia Bartell is a graduate of Whitworth University with a B.A. in Music Education and Accordion Performance.  Patricia is recognized not only in North America, but internationally as an adjudicator, professional performer and teacher.

She has studied piano with Dr. Judith Schoepflin of Whitworth College and with Kendall Feeney of the Golandsky Institute, which is the preeminent center for the Taubman Technique Approach. Patricia has also studied “The New Technical Approach” with the world-renowned accordion teacher Frederic Deschamps in France.  This technique approach has helped produce amazing results for all ages.  MORE

If you want to take your online accordion lessons a step further, Patricia also gives private accordion lessons via Skype for all ages and styles of music.


 The Online Piano Accordion Courses Are in Two Categories

• Core Curriculum Series for the Piano Accordion (How to Learn the Piano Accordion)

The Core Curriculum Series is for people who want to learn how to play the accordion using a structured method. This starts with the Preliminary level, Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, etc.  Each course is packed with songs that are focused on learning needed skills, music theory and proper accordion technique.  These courses are designed to build on each other to advance you in a progressive manner.  After the Preliminary level, each following course level in this series contain 50-70+ videos.


• Single Song Tutorials for The Piano Accordion (How to Play the Piano Accordion)

The Single Song Tutorials are courses that feature one song corresponding to the same grade levels that are used in the Core Curriculum Series. These Single Song Tutorials  focus on showing you “what” to play, demonstrating hands separately and together using high definition cameras, which allow you to see what to do close-up in ultimate detail – so you don’t miss a thing whether you watch this on your computer, smartphone, or your favorite tablet.




 Why Join Accordion Life?

• You deserve the best music education and tools available to learn the accordion from qualified and experienced teachers.

• Depending on where you live, accordion teachers may be as scarce as hen’s teeth.

• From the start, you want to know you’re doing it right … and not having to start over later since your time is valuable. We will give you proper technique that you won’t find on YouTube.

• It’s much cheaper than most private lessons and you’re getting top notch education without breaking the bank.

• We’ll give you the confidence you need about the process of learning, and we’re available for questions through the forums.   Every lesson in each course also has a place for you to ask questions and get feedback.

• You’ll have your own personal library of downloadable sheet music that is always growing.

• You’ll receive weekly articles to help advance your Accordion Life.





Course Reviews


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  1. Superb Course!


    Easy to understand and so much packed into this level!

  2. Just What I Have Been Needing


    The way this course is presented really works with my learning style: watch, listen, do. In addition I find it really helpful to record myself so I can get some feedback as to how I sound compared to what I hear on the course. I am excited for the next course. In the meantime I continue to work on the skills presented in level one , especially the bellows and smoother rhythm.

  3. 5

    Excellent introduction to the accordion. Also a good review for a returning student.

  4. Course #1


    WOW! In one month I am playing the Accordion! Patricia’s method of teaching makes learning easy and fun. The numerous online camera angles and method of teaching music is fantastic, taking the guess work out of how to play or what it is suppose to sound like. I really enjoy the sheet music viewer. I can play the song and have the sheet viewer music be my back-up band. Plus I can slow it down until I learn to play the piece at speed. I look forward to playing/practicing everyday. Having tried to self-teach I had many bad habits. Patricia’s teaching of the bellow and bellow markings has helped me to play correctly which will greatly improve my ability to play as my skills progress. Having private lessons with Patricia has really cemented the online teaching and added things I would of missed just with the online course. I can’t say enough good words about the combination her and her program. I am so excited to move onto course #2.

  5. 5

    Hi Patricia
    have very much enjoyed going through the content of this course I have gone through all the lessons and written notes on all the paperwork so that I can now perfect all the exercises and songs given without having to cart my computer with me . Everything is very clear and easy to follow. I am new to this instrument and have recently bought a hohner 111 72 bass accordion. Loving it.


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