HANDFUL OF KEYS—MJI ONLINE JAZZ PIANO COURSE

Learn the skills required to begin playing authentic jazz piano. These four sessions will show you how to interpret chord symbols, create voicings, and play standard repertoire from a lead sheet.

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HANDFUL OF KEYS: THE BASICS
Online Class (4 sessions)

Saturdays, 11:00 AM - Noon (Central Time)
Starts January 29, 2022

Prerequisites: Basic piano proficiency, ability to play the major scale in all 12 keys, and basic music reading skills are recommended.

Required Textbook: Hal Leonard Jazz Piano Method – Book 1

Instructor: Mark Davis (click for bio)
Cost: $75 for the 4-week course
Upgrade: For an additional $40, you will receive temporary access to a video recording of each class viewable until one week after the course ends. (Temporary video access for a single class session is available for $20 for registrants who did not upgrade. Contact MJI to purchase.) 

Description: Learn the skills required to begin playing authentic jazz piano. These four sessions will show you how to interpret chord symbols, create voicings, and play standard repertoire from a lead sheet.

WEEK 1

  • Jazz Piano Styles Overview

  • Recommended Listening

  • Pianist’s Role in a Jazz Group

  • Essential Scales

  • Basic Chords (Triads and Four-Note Chords)

WEEK 2

  • Shell Voicings and Concepts of Voice Leading

  • Playing from a Lead Sheet

  • Applying Voicings

  • The Blues

WEEK 3

  • Upper Extensions

  • Altered Extensions

  • Two-Handed Voicings

  • Common Progressions

WEEK 4

  • Harmonizing Tunes

  • Application to “Poor Butterfly”

  • Application to “My Foolish Heart”

Classes are held online via Zoom. Students will generally be on video and unmuted for class discussions and when asking questions. The syllabus shows which pages in the textbook summarize the content of each session, allowing a student to miss a class due to an unavoidable conflict but not fall behind in the course. We encourage participation, discussion, and an interactive class dynamic.

After You Pay: Upon purchase, you'll receive a receipt by email (check your spam/junk folder if you do not receive it). You will receive a link to a short online form to complete your registration. Once the form is completed, you will receive the syllabus for the course. On the day of the first class, you will receive the Zoom link for the course. 

Required Textbook for Handful of Keys
Hal Leonard Jazz Piano Method - Book 1

The book is available through your local music store or Amazon. Click here to purchase on Amazon

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