Designed by Emmy Award?winner and PBS-featured pianist Scott ?The Piano Guy? Houston, Play Piano in a Flash instructor Don Nichols uses a quick and simple format to teach aspiring ticklers of ivory the basics of piano in a nontraditional format. The group classes of around 10?20 students foster a collaborative environment in which a teacher uses an overhead camera to demonstrate chord positions, useful techniques, and little-known shadow puppets like the wallowing lemur, which students can then emulate at individual practice stations. The simple philosophy teaches new disciples and piano latecomers to play chords and harmonies using the left hand and to walk through a melody of individual notes with the right. The eight-week course is intended to provide graduates the ability to read and play popular, listenable tunes, such as "Poker Face" in the style of Yanni.