CORE CURRICULUM SERIES FOR PIANO ACCORDION. Learn the very basics of learning the Accordion for an absolute beginner! These videos deal primarily with the different parts of the accordion inside and out and how to take care of your beautiful instrument. This course is in preparation for the Level 1 course in the CORE CURRICULUM SERIES FOR PIANO ACCORDION. Get started today!

• For Beginners
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How to Play the Piano Accordion with Patricia Bartell
Online Accordion Lessons


Core Curriculum Series for the Piano Accordion.  From the inside to the outside, learn how the piano accordion works and how to take care of it.  Tour the mechanism of the piano accordion, the basses, registers, air button and more!



 Unit 1: Instrument Care

  • P.1.1 Storage
  • P.1.2 Handling the Instrument
  • P.1.3 Accordion Cases

Unit 2: The Accordion

  • P.2.1 Types of Accordions
  • P.2.2 The Inside
  • P.2.3 The Registers
  • P.2.4 The Keyboard
  • P.2.5 The Air Button

Unit 3: Types of Basses

  • P.3.1 Stradella/Standard Bass
  • P.3.2 Free Bass


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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. Great Information!


    Learned some new things I didn’t know!

  2. Excellent info.


    Excellent information, much of which was new to me. Very well done and fun.

  3. Good information for complete newbies


    Good information if you don’t know anything about accordions. I learned a thing or two.

  4. Great Preliminary Course


    This is an excellent course to begin with. I found it to be very enjoyable.

  5. Preliminary Course


    Course was very informative. Learned things I never knew about accordions.

  6. Preliminary Course


    Fantastic! A great supplement to the private lessons. Learned new and important things to consider when storing or transporting the accordion.

  7. 5

    Very informative. Was going to jum over this course. Glad I didn’t,

  8. Great Introduction


    Thank you very much for this helpful information. Even for a person playing the accordion for a while now there´s some new stuff here. And in addition, the presentation is very funny and pleasant!

  9. 5

    Very Informative. I found out that I had been storing my accordion wrong.


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