Hi! I'm Coen

Hi! I'm Coen

Modern piano without sheets
I  play

&  teach    CHORD PIANO

Here at  PIANO COUTURE I help fellow Singers/Songwriters & Pop-Pianists play arrangements that sound like taken straight off their favorite records - without ever needing sheets again.

musician  ·  author
youtuber  ·  entrepreneur
Coen Modder, author of Hack the Piano


My Philosophy

Chords & Rhythm First

you can get to reading sheet-music later (you likely won't want to)

Playing modern-style piano by ear, by heart, without needing sheets, due to a foundational understanding of music.
Also called: Pop-Piano, Piano like a guitarist, the guitarists' approach, Piano Hacking.
Common misconception: "I could never do that" - do you think guitarists say that when they start learning chords?

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My Book

Hack the Piano

The Modern, Pop-Piano Method

The Modern, Pop-Piano Method

Learn Piano like a Guitarist. By Chords. By Ear. By Heart.

The ultimate guide on how pop-musicians think when playing. Understand how music works and how this allows you to play anything you want - without needing sheets.
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"This is most likely to be the best that you'll find when it comes to learning how to play the piano. I've been taught classically for over 10 yrs now but was jealous in seeing a guitarist being able to pick up songs very easily, Hack the Piano will enable you to that. It's top notch."

Coen Modder

Roland-featured author/instructor
Founder of Piano Couture
Creator of the Hack the Piano Methodology

my  Story

my Story

Like virtually anybody, when I started out playing piano at age 4 I was "forced" down the traditional path of learning how to read sheet music too. That didn't work out ...

... and so I quit.

Many years later, at age 17, when I saw my fellow classmates playing like rock-stars at our yearly school concert, I promised myself I was going to learn to play too. So, I went back to that old way of playing from sheet music, which -again- did NOT make me sound like my favorite artists AT ALL... and I almost gave up entirely.

Then, following the guidance of a talented guitarist-friend of mine, I taught myself how to play piano using his approach: by Chords. 4 years later I got accepted into the Conservatory of Amsterdam (major Pop-Piano / Vocals). 

Having such huge success, so quickly, I decided to start helping people learn this "better way" I had found, that had allowed me to break the spell of needing sheet music and finally actually sound like those pro "pop" pianists and singer-songwriters.

I wrote a book ("Hack the Piano") that became the bedrock of my 4-course program ("The Chord Piano BluePrint"), online piano-learning platform ("Piano Lingo") and live, 8-week program ("the Chord Piano BootCamp").

Now, over the course of 18 years of playing, after performing on stage extensively -both solo and in multiple bands- writing and recording with many different artists, I became a Roland-featured instructor, one of the top-5 Youtube piano teachers in the world and taught over 138,000 people worldwide how to play piano without sheets.

Hack the Piano, in its three different forms (book, course, live) is the methodology and backbone of all my teaching. 

It's proven to be able to teach you the exact ways I used to accomplish all of the above and create beautiful piano accompaniments that sound just like those of my favorite musical heroes - Elton, Billy, Stevie - without ever having needed a single sheet.

Care to join my Chord Piano world?

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Love to learn. Learn about living and live to learn more about that what you love.

What can I help you with?


Listen. Inspire.

I strive to bring piano -its look and sound- into every music-lovers life.

for music lovers


Play Modern Piano

My method teaches Piano in a contemporary way - by chords, ear & heart.

for music students


Make Music Work

I help people create a life around- and earn a living with music.

for music professionals

1. Fans

I strongly believe that with any skill, the first step, first phase, is an overall binding factor. The reason you're here - love. For music. We're all fans. However, music -like anything, really- gets so much more interesting when you understand what's happening. Speak the language. Everybody that plays will confirm this.

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2. Evolve

Learning, then, is only a natural consequence. A logical next step in the journey, evolution.
That's why I am so proud that I am currently helping over 120,000 students from all over the world learn.
To become musicians. 
Brothers in arms that live a musical lifestyle, whether professionally or not.
Listening, playing, enjoying, sharing and teaching.

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3. Synergy

Wherever you are in your journey, whether you're still only a lover, already a learner or an actual liver (that sounds strange), in every stage of musicianship learning is and always stays a wonderful challenge. 
Learning with- and from each other is even better. Transfer your knowledge to cause growth.
Teach what you know to help make the world a better place. 
I invite you to join in.

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how to play Chord Piano

The Piano Hacker's Journey

Step 1: Identify - Read The Book

Hack the Piano

The Pop-Piano method

Step 2: Ignite - Join THE CHALLENGE


Chord Piano Challenge

Piano Hackers' Jumpstart



Chord Piano Formula

Piano Hackers' Deep Dive

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