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History and Timeline of BachScholar®

This page lists a comprehensive history of BachScholar®, from Dr. Hall's humble beginnings as a child up to the present day.

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  • January, 2017 -- Since around July of 2016 (a total of six months) Cory has been hard at work on the BachScholar® Piano Method, which will be a multi-volume system which focuses on technique and music theory; Cory has reached almost 900 videos on YouTube.
  • June, 2016 -- BachScholar receives its registered trademark (®) from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). This means "BachScholar" is now an official "brand" to be used in the future on BachScholar's "Piano Method" in-progress as well as on merchandise such as sheet music, clothing, and coffee mugs. 
  • January, 2016 -- Business is booming at BachScholar™; Cory and Marilyn teach a record number of students around the world; for the 3rd year in a row, Cory's transcription of Bach's Toccata & Fugue in D Minor wins the #1 spot in the best-sellers; Cory is in such high demand as a teacher that he barely has any more time to practice or record videos.
  • September, 2015 -- Cory and wife Marilyn have taught current or former students in a total of 20 U.S. states and 20 world nations; on the 7th-year anniversary of the BachScholar™ YouTube channel, the statistics are approximately: total of 700 videos, 25 million overall views, 50,000 subscribers
  • August, 2014 -- Cory's wife, Marilyn, joins BachScholar™ as a piano teacher; Marilyn began piano lessons at the age of five, has over 20 years' piano teaching experience, and worked many years in a "Fortune 500 Company" before joining Cory teaching piano.  
  • September, 2013 -- After one year of teaching piano worldwide via Skype and selling sheet music, Cory is able to make ends meet being 100% self-employed; on the 5th-year anniversary of the BachScholar YouTube channel, the statistics are approximately: total of 500 videos, 10 million overall views, 25,000 subscribers; in the quest for proper branding, a "tm" or trademark sign is added to BachScholar
  • September, 2012 -- the website BachScholar.com goes live, offering Piano Lessons via Skype as Sheet Music (all digital, PDF format); Cory begins to acquire piano students from around the U.S.A. and several other world nations; Cory works on perfecting the presentation and formatting of BachScholar's digital sheet music.
  • February, 2011 -- BachScholar Publishing, LLC is created, the name under which Cory would later publish sheet music. 
  • September, 2008 -- the BachScholar YouTube channel was born with videos of Bach's 15 Two-Part Inventions, which Cory recorded all in one session on September 21 and uploaded on September 22.
  • March, 2008 -- the website BachScholar.com is founded; it was not a "business" site at this time, but a site devoted to promoting Dr. Hall's unique and groundbreaking theory of tempo in the music of J.S. Bach, which was an outgrowth of a research paper "Tempo Practices in the Baroque Era" he wrote in graduate performance-practices seminar in 1991 at the University of Kansas under the direction of the late Professor J. Bunker Clark.
  • 2011-2012 -- Cory becomes a born-again Christian in June, 2011 and is baptized in a Southern Baptist Church in April, 2012; Cory was raised and grew up as a secular atheist/agnostic/skeptic, and did not enter a church until his first year as organist in 2001 at the age of 38.
  • 2006-2009 -- Dr. Hall becomes Adjunct Professor of Music at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida where he teaches private piano and accompanies the choir; for three years Cory teaches part-time at two colleges in addition to serving as church organist; resigns from Eckerd College in December, 2009 due to various reasons.
  • 2001-2011 -- Cory serves as organist and pianist at Anona United Methodist Church in Largo, Florida; never formally trained as an organist, Cory teaches himself pedaling and registration and becomes a "real" organist rather than a pianist who "fakes" his way on the organ; Cory plays two services every Sunday and accompanies the choir; resigns as organist in September, 2011 due to various reasons. 
  • 1998-2010 -- Dr. Hall teaches as an Adjunct Professor (part-time) at St. Petersburg College in St. Petersburg, Florida; for 12 years Cory teaches private piano as well as courses in western and non-western humanities (world civilizations); resigns in August, 2010 due to various reasons.
  • 1992 -- in July, after writing a research paper "Tempo Practices in the Baroque Era" for a graduate seminar with Prof. J. Bunker Clark, Cory has a life-changing epiphany of having discovered what Cory refers to as Bach's "secret tempo code"; over the next ten years, Cory applies his unique analytical system to Bach's complete works in order to prove his theory that Bach usually planned his tempos before putting pen to paper; Cory becomes the only scholar in the world to know Bach's secret system of tempo which he did not reveal to anyone; sometime in this year or the next, Cory becomes the first scholar in history to discover Bach's use of the S-D-G musical motive which he often used in conjunction with the more well-known B-A-C-H motive.   
  • 1991-1994 -- Cory is awarded the prestigious Graduate Honors Fellowship to pursue doctoral studies at the University of Kansas where his primary piano professor is Richard Reber and primary musicology professor is J. Bunker Clark; Cory graduates from the University of Kansas in June, 1994 with a Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano and Master of Music in Historical Musicology. 
  • 1988-1991 -- Cory teaches for a community music school in Germany near the city of Kassel; for three years Cory teaches piano privately in students' homes in and around the city of Kassel; Cory lives in a German village and becomes fluent in the German language.
  • 1986-1988 -- Cory studies at the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester where his primary piano professor is David Burge; in May, 1988 he earns his Master of Music in Performance and Literature in Piano. 
  • 1981-1985 -- Cory studies music (piano) at California State University, Sacramento and graduates in December 1985 with a Bachelors of Music in Piano; his primary piano professors were Gene Savage and Thomas Gentry.
  • 1981 -- Cory graduates from Davis Senior High School in June and presents his first full, memorized solo piano recital at age 17; the program consists of: Bach's Partita No. 1, Mozart's Sonata K. 310, three Chopin Etudes (Op. 10 No. 4, Op. 10 No. 25, Op. 25 No. 2), Bartok's Suite, Op. 14.
  • 1974-1975 -- Cory plays Maple Leaf Rag for his 6th grade class; equipped with a book of Scott Joplin's Collected Piano Works, this is when Cory begins to seriously learn the ragtime style; at the age of 12, Cory is able to sight-read Joplin rags with relative ease.  
  • February, 1970 -- Cory begins piano lessons; Cory is not a musical "Prodigy" or "Wunderkind" but possesses a love and talent for music and a never-ending desire to learn and improve; he was never "forced" to take lessons by his parents but had an innate desire to learn piano on his own terms.
  • July, 1969 -- Cory's family moves to Davis, California, a quaint college town in northern central California.
  • March, 1963 -- Cory Hall is born in Palo Alto, California, in Stanford Hospital; Cory inherits the gift of mathematics and music from his father, who in the 1960s earned a Masters Degree in Mathematics (San Jose State University) as well as Masters Degree in Statistics (Stanford University).