Pop piano 3

Course Dates: 04/05/19 - 06/07/19
Time: 14:15 - 15:45
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Angele Veltmeijer

For experienced pop players who can read chord symbols, music notation, improvise and play by ear. Rehearse harmony exercises, learn songs in contemporary and classic pop styles, and encourage improvisation. Good preparation for 'Jazz piano'.


What is the course about?

Develop your playing and the keyboard harmony from levels 1 and 2. Improve your rhythmic response and coordination of hands. You will find ways of playing songs and adding keyboard parts, and provide piano accompaniment to the singer(s) of songs.

What will we cover?

- Rehearsal of practice rountines involving chords I-VII in major keys
- Cycle of fifths - exercises in all keys
- Patterns and typical rhythms
- Improvisation - taking short solos
- Common chord progressions
- Playing by ear; reading chord charts and learning songs
- Harmony in a minor key and modal harmony.

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

- Read and interpret chord symbols with confidence
- Increase your repertoire of songs, including ability to transpose
- Improve your arrangements/chord voicing/bass line invention, inclusion of passing notes
- Understand harmony as applied to pop songs in a range of grooves and styles
- Learn to operate within styles like rock ballad, reggae, funk.

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

Students should have completed Pop piano 2, and show competence at that level, particularly the ability to play all chords and modes found in the keys of C, F, Bb, Eb, G, D, A and E major. You will be able to copy notated examples in class, and read musical samples provided by the tutor.
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?

Mostly the class will play together: all students are at a digital piano. Some solo playing, some duets. Backing tracks may be used. Listening to musical examples, discussion, homework assigments and regular practice.

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

Please bring manuscript, pencil, eraser, and a folder for your class music. Machine to record parts of your class if you wish.

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

You can repeat this course, or progress to Jazz piano 1.

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Book your place

Course Code: ME620

Sat, day, 04 May - 06 Jul '19

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

Full fee: £149.00
Senior fee: £149.00
Concession: £91.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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

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