ELECTIVES

For Students Age 13 & older With Previous Musical Training

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

 

 

Composition

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

Do 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 & implementing accompaniment for show tunes, standards, jazz & 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 with singers or instrumentalists.

 
 

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 & that you can        play WHILE you are singing.

-Creating left hand bass parts that provide interest/foundation for your vocal performance & 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.

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.

 

Scheduling Options:

One hour lessons twice a month

One hour lessons once a month

45 Minute lessons twice a month