Musiah Review By Michael Ortiz - First Ever Musiah

30 September 2013

View video of Michael playing Lesson #129 The Happy Birthday Swing



As 13 year old Michael Ortiz recently became the first person ever to complete the epic Musiah syllabus online, I caught up with him to ask what his thoughts about Musiah were now that he had finished the entire course.


This is what he had to say...




Michael ThumbnailBefore enrolling in Musiah, the main thing I was unsure about was whether Musiah would be able to help me with note reading and the fingering. I had no knowledge of how to read sheet music, and this was an area I was afraid I was going to struggle with.


But once I started my piano lessons with Musiah, I saw how easy it was to learn about sight reading and fingering with the help of Musiah. I had a lot of fun and progressed really quickly.


One thing I really liked about Musiah is the story and how it keeps continuing as I was progressing through the course and learning more things about the piano. It made learning really interesting.


I also really enjoyed the songs, and the original arrangements of them. They are very original and catchy, and I noticed that a lot of them are unique to Musiah.


I would absolutely recommend Musiah to other people, both kids and adults, because Musiah makes the lessons as easy as possible, and it’s not boring at all.


One of my favorite parts of Musiah is how the story ends and how it shows how the Atonals died [the Atonals are the bad guys], and also how “The Lost Song” is very emotional and challenging with a lot of melodies and advanced rhythms.


Having completed the course, I am very proud of myself and feel a great sense of accomplishment for being able to finish the Musiah course. It feels great to have earned the rank of “Musiah”.


I would love to have a second installment of Musiah because of how the story ended mysteriously… it said that there was an Atonal clavitrisk [a special key] and that there was an Atonal still alive! So there’s definitely room for a sequel.


Thank you so much for everything Musiah!


You have changed my life in ways I can’t even begin to describe — You’re the BEST!


Michael Ortiz




Sincere thanks Michael for your insightful comments, and congratulations once again on your outstanding achievement.


Completing the course and becoming the first person to earn the rank of Musiah is something you should be extremely proud of.


Perhaps one of the hardest things to explain to folks who have not yet tried Musiah's online piano lessons is that the message of the story, which is gradually revealed as students progress through the course, is very far-reaching and reveals some profound aspects of the nature of creation itself.


The ending, in particular, is indeed quite an emotional end to a life-changing journey of self discovery.


Well done, once again Micahel. It has been an honor to have you as a student.


If you (dear reader) would like to follow in Michael's footsteps and begin your own life-changing musical journey, I invite you take our  FREE Online Piano Lessons 14 Day Trial.


Thanks for reading, and please feel free to comment.


Til next time,



Brendan Hogan

Piano Teacher & Musiah Inventor


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Just curious how long it took to complete.

Joshua Newberry

Hi Joshua, Thanks for posting. It took young Michael just 18 weeks to complete the entire course, which is a tremendous outcome as this equates to approximately 6 years of traditional piano lessons. Best regards, Brendan Hogan

Brendan Hogan

Hi, Thanks for the nice post. Question: once someone has completed the Musiah system, what do they do to continue building their skills? Is a more advanced Musiah system in the works? Thanks for the software, my kids and I love it! Simcha


Hi Simcha, sincere thanks for your very kind support. Please know it is greatly appreciated. Re continuing your piano lessons journey after Musiah, there's an article on this topic here which you may find helpful:

Brendan Hogan

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