Jazz piano taster

Course Dates: 20/07/23
Time: 19:00 - 21:00
Location: Online
Meet the jazz idiom as you explore time feels and harmonic progressions at your piano. For pianists at grade 5 and above, with some knowledge of chord structures (triads and 7ths), this online session will give food for thought and practice.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: ME934

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Thu, eve, 20 Jul - 20 Jul '23

Duration: 1 session

Any questions? music@citylit.ac.uk
or call 020 4582 0412

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What is the course about?

The session aims to help you convert your piano skills into playing in the jazz idiom. We will explore fundamental jazz harmony.

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?

Diatonic 7th chords and corresponding modes
swing time and bossa nova
Simple chord progressions and sample tunes (standards).

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

Make some progress towards understanding jazz piano
Understand what the chord symbols represent
Play something from the jazz repertoire.

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

You will need command of all major & minor scales, and arpeggios. Music reading is essential. Some experience of playing keyboard harmony will be an advantage.

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

We will play together as much as possible, according to tutor demonstration and instruction.
Music materials will be provided.

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

No costs. Have manuscript paper and a pencil at the ready.

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

Jazz piano, pop piano, Latin piano, online or in person.

Della Rhodes

Della has enjoyed working at City Lit for over 3 decades, teaching, managing, learning. After training in contemporary dance, Della became consumed by drama and music work. Music came to dominate, playing in bands, song writing, teaching for, and advising, the Youth Service and Adult Education. Performing and writing arrangements for pop and jazz a cappella has been a 30 year journey. So too the teaching of jazz musicianship. Gratitude is due to early mentor Amit Sen for introducing 'the jazz thing'.

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.