Pop piano 2

Course Dates: 18/09/20 - 04/12/20
Time: 19:45 - 21:15
Location: Online

If you have a good working knowledge of the keyboard (playing grade 4 standard or above), develop your playing towards popular and jazz styles. Learn to play chord progressions and songs, and study the musicianship behind pop piano skills. Sessions will be online. Break week: 8 May (Bank holiday for 75th anniversary of VE Day).

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.


What is the course about?

Learn sufficient keyboard harmony to begin to negotiate playing from chord symbols. Develop a rhythmic, percussive playing style.

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?

- Build and practise playing triads derived from all major scales
- Learn to invert the triads (chord voicing) and add 7ths
- Introduction to chord symbols and how to interpret them
- Introduction to the cycle of fifths as a vehicle for practice
- Play together in class and keep strict time
- Modal harmony as it appears in the pop repertoire.

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

- Understand functional harmony, and be able to play simple progressions e.g. I, IV, V and II, V, I
- Play and rehearse in basic rhythms; play with a backing track
- Negotiate some simple songs, by ear and by reading chord symbols
- Demonstrate a clear idea of how and what to practise.

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

You will need good co-ordination between hands, and independence of fingers. You should have completed Piano level 5 or equivalent, i.e. be able to read notationfor piano, be fluent in major and minor scales, and understand arpeggios and basic chord construction.
You will need to follow written and verbal instructions in English and engage in class discussions.

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

Exercises and tunes (accompaniment) rehearsed and played as a group. Playing together is vital to this style of keyboard playing (imitating a band situation). Listening to examples. Your own practice between classes will be essential if you are to progress.

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

Manuscript paper a pencil and eraser. And your piano.

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

Progress to Pop piano 3 or Jazz piano 1.


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Tutor Biographies
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.

Book your place

Course Code: ME621A

Fri, eve, 18 Sep - 04 Dec '20

Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)

Full fee: £199.00
Senior fee: £199.00
Concession: £121.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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

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