ABRSM Jazz piano

Course Dates: 18/09/21 - 04/12/21
Time: 12:00 - 13:30
Location: Online
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This online interactive class will introduce you to the ABRSM syllabus for jazz piano grade 1. We will begin work on your selection of 3 pieces, and study scales and quick-study requirements.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £121.00

Course Code: ME296

Sat, day, 18 Sep - 04 Dec '21

Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)

Or call to enrol:020 7831 7831

Any questions? music@citylit.ac.uk
or call 020 7492 2630

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What is the course about?

Selected topics from the elements of the syllabus for ABRSM jazz piano grade 1:
- Playing from a fully notated “head”.
- Playing with variations of melody, rhythm, voicing, phrasing etc..
- Prepare at least two pieces from the syllabus (three are required in total), choosing one from each of the following categories: Blues, Standards and Contemporary Jazz
- Playing solos following from a given starting point which indicates style
- Development of aural skills relevant to the syllabus.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

- Demonstrate awareness of style in two of your three chosen pieces
- Demonstrate good progress with preparing two of your three pieces
- Improvise in the required style(s) with growing confidence
- Play at least two of the required scales from the ABRSM Jazz syllabus (Dorian on D, Mixolydian on G, C Major).

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Demonstrate awareness of style in two of your three chosen pieces
- Demonstrate good progress with preparing two of your three pieces
- Improvise in the required style(s) with growing confidence
- Play at least two of the required scales from the ABRSM Jazz syllabus (Dorian on D, Mixolydian on G, C Major).

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Pianists wishing to tackle the jazz piano syllabus must already have a minimum of 2-3 years' regular piano tuition, as a firm understanding of music notation and triad structures is required. You will also need to be able to sight-read simple tunes in both treble and bass clef. NB: This is not a course for piano beginners.
We recommend you will have studied to approx. grade 2 (classical) piano standard before taking this course.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Live sessions on zoom, playing your own piano, interacting with the tutor and class mates. You must practise and consolidate work between sessions as with any piano lessons or music course.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please buy your own copy of the two course textbooks:
Jazz Piano Pieces, Grade 1 (ABRSM) [External website] and Jazz Piano Scales, Grades 1-5 (ABRSM) [External website].

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

We recommend you continue your grade 1 Jazz piano study in next term's follow-on course.

Sarha Moore

Sarha is an experienced teacher and gigging musician, performing on the saxophone, arranging and composing on the piano, in classical, jazz and world music genres. Her principal band, Bollywood Brass Band, is the UK’s pioneering Indian-style wedding band, performing tunes and compulsively danceable rhythms of Bollywood films. Twice nominated for Songlines World Music Awards, the band has performed across the world in concerts, festivals, and Indian weddings in the UK, Europe, India, Thailand and South Africa. Sarha played with Ghanaian Highlife band Orchestre Jazira, and socialist big band, The Happy End. She also plays in the Charlie Mingus jazz cover band Hog Callin’, The Great Yiddish Parade marching band and Freylekh klezmer band. Sarha’s specialist area is World Music, and she has a PhD on the study of the Flattened Supertonic across different cultures. At CityLit she teaches jazz and classical piano, saxophone, world music styles (practical and academic courses), musicianship and music theory.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.