Mini Courses

Jazz Theory
Harmony of Jazz Standards

Dates:  October 19, 2020 to November 9, 2020 (4 weeks)
Schedule: Mondays from 7:00-8:30 PM
Course Fee: $150
Location: Online

Have you ever been told by a teacher that you could play the C major scale over this long sequence of seemingly unrelated chord symbols? This four-week course will explain the basics of functional harmony to help you make links between chords and discover a more global viewpoint when navigating the harmonic progressions of jazz standards. You will learn the fundamentals of harmony using examples from the jazz repertoire and never look at a lead sheet with the same eyes!

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Jazz Ensemble Preparation

Dates:  October 20, 2020 to November 10, 2020 (4 weeks)
Schedule: Tuesdays from 7:00-8:30 PM
Course Fee: $150
Location: Online

Want to play with other people, but don’t yet have a confident grasp on what that entails and how to “succeed”? This course will serve as an introduction (or vital refresher for any level) in the skills needed to play, collaborate, rehearse and improvise in a group setting. Special attention will be paid to individual preparation - exercises students can do at home to feel comfortable and confident in an ensemble setting once it is possible to hold in-person ensemble classes again. Course topics will include: rehearsal-specific jazz vocabulary, active listening, keeping track of time/song form, identifying and tackling issues, group communication, how to prepare individually for the next rehearsal, how to overcome nerves, and more. All ages are welcome.

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Introduction to Jazz Piano

Dates:  October 20, 2020 to November 17, 2020 (5 weeks)
Schedule: Tuesdays from 7:00-8:00 PM for 5 weeks beginning on October 20th
Course Fee: $150
Location: Online

This five-week course is an introductory overview of David Ryshpan's fundamental concepts of jazz piano. How do we approach this great instrument physically, conceptually, and rhythmically in the tradition of what we call "jazz"? What are the differences for a musician coming from Western classical music? We will listen together and discover some simple yet powerful philosophies to use at the keyboard.

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Piano Seminar
Travel the World

Dates: November 4, 2020 to December 2, 2020 (5 weeks)
Schedule: Thursdays from 7:00 - 8:00 PM
Course Fee: $150
Location: Online

What you will need:

  • Internet connection
  • Computer/tablet
  • Headphones (much better than computer/tablet speakers for listening to music!)

Description:
Sure, you know what a piano is, but where did it come from? What came before it? How has music changed with the instrument? This class will journey through time to answer these questions!

What we will listen to:

  • What some pre-piano keyboard instruments sound like
  • What some early pianos sound like
  • Music written for each instrument

We will learn about:

  • How each of these keyboard instruments work
  • How music changed because of the piano
  • How the piano changed because of music
  • How discovering history can help us decide the musical sounds we create at the piano

Each class will consist of:

  • Informational videos
  • Listening to and watching recordings of music-making
  • Conversation
  • Polls, quizzes, and participatory games

This course is an ideal introduction to piano history and literature for anyone who can listen, watch, interact, and engage for an hour. Will require the ability to read and respond to simple prompts or questions. No grades—just learning!

For information on how to register speak with someone now (office hours apply).

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