ELECTIVES

For Adults and Teens With Prior Musical Experience or Previous Piano Lessons

You May Take Lessons Focused On Any

One Or More Of These Areas

For An Extended Period Of Time Or On A Short Term Basis

Composition, Improvisation,

Arranging, Accompanying Yourself,

Collaborative Piano - Accompanying Singers or Instrumentalists

Composition

Do you have musical ideas but don’t know what to do with them?

Perhaps you find yourself humming a catchy tune that you’d like to develop?

 

You will learn:

-How to use your favorite piece as a model for composition

-Basics of notation

-How to put your piece into the right time signature

-How to choose the right chords for your melody

-Musical form and structure

-How to set words to music

-How to orchestrate, i.e. add instruments to your compositions

-The basics of musical notation software

-The difference between jazz composition and classical composition
 

Improvisation

-Learning how to play the Blues (basic improvisation methodology)

-Jazz improvisation and overview

-Creating patterns that work with the chords of a song

-Using chord scales and modes to improvise

-Rhythmic elements: syncopation, phrasing and direction of the line

-New age piano, flowing types of improvisation

Arranging

-Selecting and implementing the best accompaniment styles for show tunes, standards, jazz and popular selections

-Creating interesting and musical harmonic chord patterns

-Applying varying accompaniments to different sections of pieces

-Choosing the appropriate harmonic language for the musical genre

-Creating introductions and endings for your selections

-Finding ways to play selections in collaboration with singers or instrumentalists
 

Collaborative Piano 

Accompanying singers or people who play other instruments

-Determining the correct key of a song based on the singer’s vocal range

-Deciding on the style, tempo, musical form, etc. of your selection

-Designating which sections of the piece feature pianist or collaborator

-Creating right hand piano parts that enhance the singer’s or instrumentalist’s melody

-Creating left hand bass lines that provide interest/foundation for your duet

-Creating introductions that transition successfully into the melody of a song

-Creating endings that bring a piece to a successful musical conclusion

Accompanying Yourself WHILE Singing

-Determining the correct key of a song based on your vocal range

-Deciding on the style, tempo, musical form, etc. of your selection

-Creating right hand piano parts that enhance your singing and that you can play WHILE you are singing

-Creating left hand bass parts that provide interest/foundation for your vocal performance and that you can play WHILE singing

-Creating accompaniment parts for a rubato introductory verse

-Creating endings that bring a piece to a successful musical conclusion


ELECTIVES

Scheduling Options:

One hour lessons 2X per month

One hour lessons 1X per month

45 Minute lessons 2X per month